There are so many PS4 accessories on the market that it can be hard to know which ones you should pick up. Which accessories will augment your gaming experience, and which ones can safely be left on the shelf? Of course, the answer to this question is going to differ from person to person; for one gamer, a controller keyboard or external keyboard might be an absolute necessity, but for another who never plays online, there’s no reason to buy one. That being the case, we’ve picked out some PS4 extras that we think most gamers will benefit from. Here are the best PS4 accessories in 2022.
If you’re looking for a truly professional PS4 controller, then the SCUF Impact should be at the top of your list. This controller is heftier, weightier, and higher-quality than the standard DualShock 4 (which we still love); it’s designed for pro gamers, so it brings the quality pro gamers should expect. The Impact has swappable thumbsticks, remappable buttons, and a non-slip grip that should mean you never drop it during a particularly intense gaming session. If you’re looking for value, pick up a DualShock 4, but if money is no object, you should get a SCUF Impact.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is nominally a PS5 headset, and you can tell; it shares the newer console’s sleek white aesthetic. However, it’s perfectly compatible with the PS4, and it has such incredible sound quality and overall utility that you definitely shouldn’t let its PS5 design bother you. As a wireless headset, you can use it no matter how far you are from your console, and it’ll reproduce in-game sounds with a crisp clarity that’s hard to find in other headsets. Again, you’ll pay a premium for this one, but it’s worth it to get a quality headset that you shouldn’t need to replace for a good while.
If you’re anything like us, then your hard drive is probably absolutely full to the brim of massive digital games. PS4 games are increasing in size as time goes on, so it’s more important than it’s ever been to have a storage solution that accommodates your library. That’s where this hard drive comes in. While 1TB isn’t huge, it should be more than enough to store the extra games you’re not using on a moment-to-moment basis. Unlike PS5, the PS4 can also play games from an external HDD (the PS5 requires a drive in the M.2 slot), so you don’t need to worry about deleting and swapping all the time.
Okay, so we’re cheating a little here; after all, a PlayStation Plus subscription technically isn’t an accessory. However, we think it’s pretty much essential if you do the bulk of your gaming on your PlayStation. PS Plus is about to undergo a pretty significant revamp; later in June, the service will add a massive catalogue of PS4 and PS5 games to enjoy, as well as PS3 streaming and retro classics if you pick up the Premium tier. It’s worth waiting until then to sign up for PS Plus, but when the revamp is released in the UK, make sure you pick one of these subs up. You won’t be disappointed.
Many people believe that VR is the future of immersive gaming, and it’s hard to disagree with them. If you’ve never experienced VR, it’s difficult to imagine just how much of a leap forward it feels, but if you have, then you’ll know there’s nothing quite like it for losing yourself in virtual worlds. PlayStation VR is a must-have device for Sony gamers; it has a rich library of VR titles, it’s comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and it has a sharp, crisp image quality, too. The only drawback for a VR headset is that you need adequate room to use it, so if you have a small gaming space, it’s safe to hold off for the time being.
There are few things more annoying than a gaming session coming to an abrupt halt because your controller died again. You can charge while you play, of course, but that rather defeats the point of wireless controllers. It’s a good idea to pick up a DualShock 4 charging station, and there’s no better option than Sony’s official dock. It’s a simple, no-frills affair; just drop your controllers onto the station and let them charge. There are no fancy extras included here, but that has the benefit of making the station look sleek and fitting no matter where you put it.
Admittedly, the Panthera Evo is a somewhat niche accessory; you’re probably not going to need it if you’re not a fighting game aficionado. However, if you find yourself regularly playing games like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, then you should definitely pick this one up. Fighting games feel much better with a joystick like this than with a conventional controller; given their arcade origins, it often feels like most fighting games were designed with controllers like this in mind. The Evo features Razer’s high-quality mechanical switches, and it’s extremely easy to use, so if you’re a pro fighting gamer serious about your combat experience, then it’s definitely a good idea to pick up an Evo.
We don’t have room to list all of the great PS4 accessories out there, so suffice it to say that we’ve almost certainly missed something. What’s your favourite PS4 accessory?