The PS4 is the king of this console generation. With millions upon millions of units shifted, it’s reached the summit thanks to a broad array of PS4 exclusives and just how meek its opposition turned out to be, and how late in the day the Switch arrived. While the Xbox One is a fine machine, its controversial announcement and lack of exclusives has seriously hurt it.
If you’re like us and often spend candlelit baths with your PS4, caressing it and looking at it longingly while wondering how loud it’s going to get during The Last of Us: Part II, you’re going to want to get the most out of it. The PS4 is a fine bit of kit, offering games and entertainment in abundance, but there are some small improvements to be had. Luckily, with the help of the cheapest and best PS4 accessories, you can turn yourself into the next pro gamer. Probably.
PS4 accessories are in abundance and you can find them almost everywhere, but there are those that you can pick up for dirt cheap and still do a great job. From gaming headsets to storage enhancements Here are just a few of the best PS4 accessories around that won’t break the bank.
Admittedly, this leans on the slightly plasticky side of things and looks about as stable as a spaceship made out of old crisp packets. But it certainly does many jobs at once, including propping your PS4 up, offering docking stations for your controllers, and even somewhere to place your games. The cooling fan is a neat little addition, too, and for the price, you’re unlikely to find much better.
Ever accidentally shone your lightbar at a loved one and blinded them for life? That’s unfortunate, because you really should have checked out some decals. There are many suppliers of decals out there, but this pack from the guys at eXtremeRate is one of the most comprehensive – 60 different ones for under $10. Sure, there are some nasty ones in the mix, though you are bound to come across at least a couple that you like.
If you don’t want to spend over $50 for a pair of headphones, these are the ones for you. They’re not particularly good at anything, they just sort of do their job – I have had a pair as backup for three years and have never had complaints, even if they’re looking worse for wear. The mic is surprisingly clear (and even has a simple toggle) for such a cheap headset and they’re definitely durable, so give them a chance and you may be pleasantly surprised.
Perhaps it’s just me and my dirty hands eroding away the rubber, but the thumbsticks on the Dualshock 4 seem to give up the ghost pretty quickly. I think had my PS4 for six months and the controller was already looking worn. Not to worry: pick up some thumbgrips and attach them with little fuss to add extra grip and durability. Word of warning: these tend to fall off if you leave your controller lying around on the couch.
The factory cable that comes with your PS4 won’t be long and it won’t live a long life – Sony have definitely been taking some notes from Apple. While it might be a bit of a nuisance, picking up a replacement is fairly straightforward. I’ve gone for this one from DreamGear, which sticks firmly in (other cables have tended to be very loose) and is 10ft long, so you can recline and game in peace.
Just like thumbgrips, the triggers (particularly L2 and R2) don’t really hold up all that well on the Dualshock 4. It’s surely a comfortable and nice looking controller, but you get the impression that they weren’t built to last the distance. There’s an easy solution: pick up some replacement triggers. It’s admittedly a bit of a faff to get these attached and working smoothly, but it sure beats counting out your bills to buy a new controller.
If you couldn’t possibly imagine not playing Horizon: Zero Dawn while pushing one out, this is the accessory for you. If you can get the damn thing to work, the PS4’s Remote Play is going to be your best friend, allowing you to take your game with you around the house on your phone. Better yet, if you pick up this clip and attach it your phone, you make your life a whole bunch easier. Just try to get past the fact that it looks quite ridiculous if you can.
Okay, so this one is by far and away the most expensive PS4 accessory on this list, but if you have a vanilla PS4 with limited storage space, it’s an absolute must. Since picking one up, we have about 150 games ready to play compared to the meager selection from beforehand from having to constantly delete games to make space. My PS4 is now so overflowing with games that I have organised them into folders by personal rating; we are just that lame.
It’s reallyeasy to set up, so if you’re tired of dipping in and out of your library to shuffle stuff around, I highly recommend that you check it out. Here’s a super straightforward guide.
Having controller paddles helps you to do two things. First of all, paddles are useful to help you reach face buttons without having to move your whole hand, and secondly they are give you the option to rejig the controller mapping in a way that a lot of modern games bizarrely still don’t. The likes of SCUF offer a custom controller that has paddles and a lot more, but if you want to save some money, this add-on will work well.
This official back button from Sony seems to be their attempt at making expensive third-party controllers redundant with this technology presumably also being a big part of the PlayStation 5’s controller. This simple PS4 accessory connects to the headphone jack (while still allowing pass-through for headphones themselves) and features a screen that tells you which buttons have been mapped to what.
The PSVR is a wonderful piece of kit, but it’s also incredibly cumbersome in terms of cabling — add a headset into that mix and it gets even messier. The Bionik Mantis is a simple clip-on pair of headphones that attach to your PSVR headset without creating a million issues. The sound quality is decent, though as they don’t cover your entire ears like a traditional headset does, the sound may suffers slightly. Still, the Mantis is great for ease of use.
Sometimes PS4 stands can be a little bulkier than they need to be or just plain ugly. This Simple Feet stand isn’t a beautiful accessory by any means, but it’s minimalist while offering a better airflow into your PS4 than most of its peers. If you have an older PS4 or use it perhaps a little too much, you need to ensure it’s getting proper airflow or it may start overheating and turn off often, or at the very least sound like it’s about to take flight.
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