Get a PS5 for Christmas? Here are the accessories I can't live without

Various PS5 accessories scattered around a PS5 which is sat next to Christmas tree
(Image credit: Future )

Boxing Day sales are upon us, and they might be the perfect way for you to upgrade the PS5 that Santa so kindly delivered to you. Out of the box, the PlayStation 5 is impressive enough - I can personally recommend testing out Astro's Playroom and the amazing features of the DualSense - that's still a must for everyone after setting it up.

That said, there are always going to be ways to upgrade your console to suit your needs. Luckily, the best PS5 accessories are here to do just that. If you've already started downloading every game in the PS Plus library, you may soon find you need more storage space. If you play competitive shooters online, a pro controller with back buttons may help close the gaps between you and your rivals. If you have another week or two off work and you plan to speedrun Marvel's Spider-Man 2 after everyone else you live with has gone to sleep, a headset will let you appreciate that Tempest 3D audio in peace.

Frankly, there's almost too much choice when shopping around for those three accessories. I've been testing and reviewing plenty of them this year, so I can say with some confidence that you're spoiled for choice. So, as my late Christmas gift to you, allow me to walk you through the PS5 accessories I couldn't live without. I've detailed the ones I use in my setup every day (as well as some alternatives) to make your hunt through Boxing Day sales that little bit easier.  

The best PS5 SSD for pure speed


Capacities: up to 2TB
Interface: PCIe Gen 4.0 x4
Read/write speed: 7,462 / 6,877 MB/s
Random read / write speeds: 1.2M IOPS / 1.5M IOPS
Warranty: 5 years

Reasons to buy

Maxes out the PCIe 4.0 protocol
Excellent write endurance
Is finally seeing discounts

Reasons to avoid

4K random performance is a touch disappointing
Can still be fairly expensive
The competition is just as good

You might be glad to learn that if you pop off the rear faceplate of your PS5, there's an M.2 slot you can use to slide in a speedy NVMe SSD. These are the ones used in modern-day gaming PCs, so they're very capable of keeping up with the console's internal drive. 

The Samsung 990 Pro is undoubtedly one of the best PS5 SSDs money can buy. Admittedly, it's not the cheapest, but for the performance it gives you it's so worth splashing out on. As of this year, there's even a 4TB model so you'll pretty much never need to think about buying an SSD again for another console generation to come. 

These SSDS can come with or without a heatsink, and whether you end up going for this drive or another, please make sure you get a heatsink one way or another. I've listed a cheaper drive, and my favourite separate heatsink for you down below if you need some recommendations. Heatsinks are small pads that lie across the surface of a drive like this to keep it cool and undamaged while it zips your files here, there, and everywhere.

Regardless, Samsung's 990 Pro is one of the best SSDs for gaming. In fact, it's so good that at this point, I barely even use the console's internal drive. It really is that good. 

Samsung 980 Pro

An alternative that's cheaper: Samsung 980 Pro

The previous model is still really great value. It won't give you quite the same speeds and doesn't have the same stylish integrated heatsink, but it's still one of the best pound-for-pound gaming SSDs you'll find on the shelves. Since it's a little older, you'll likely be able to find it cheaper too.

US: Amazon | Newegg | Best Buy
UK: Amazon | Currys | Argos


The best PS5 heatsink: Sabrent PS5 Heatsink

The Sabrent PS5 heatsink is our go-to recommendation since it fits the console's M.2 tray perfectly and will keep even the speediest drives working cool and efficiently. It's almost always priced at a reasonable $16/£16 too.

US: Amazon
UK: Amazon

Victrix Pro BFG review image showing close up of the front of the controller

(Image credit: Future / Duncan Robertson)
The best PS5 controller


Connection: Wireless (USB dongle), Wired (3m USB-C to USB cable)
Buttons: (Modular design) Up to 20
Remappable buttons: 4
Cable length: 3m
Weight: 298g

Reasons to buy

Deep customisation options
Cheaper than the competition
Excellent performance
Works with PC, PS5, and PS4

Reasons to avoid

No vibration (let alone haptics)
A little light
Some minor pairing issues

For those looking to jump to the top of any online leaderboard, one of the best PS5 controllers is what you need. As I mentioned at the start, the DualSense has some downright showstopping features, but when it comes to competitive situations, a pro controller will always be a handy tool to have. 

That's where the Victrix Pro BFG comes in. This is an officially licensed gamepad that sports a modular design. What that means is that those facial components like the buttons and thumbstick modules unscrew and come out. Depending on your preferences and the game you want to excel in, you can swap them around, flip them so they're symmetrical, and even modify them to suit you. There's even one attachment you can slot in that gives you six facial buttons which essentially turns this controller into a mini arcade fightstick. 

Perhaps most importantly, the Victrix Pro BFG has four back buttons, and they're easily the best and most ergonomic ones I've had the pleasure of testing. When I'm playing any first-person shooter or competitive game on PS5, this is almost always what I'm holding. 

DualSense Edge

An alternative I'd recommend: DualSense Edge

You may have heard that Sony released a pro controller of its own this year. The DualSense Edge is absolutely an improvement over the gamepad you got with your console. It has slots for two back paddles that are really comfortable to use and a suite of customization options built straight into the PS5's UI. Annoyingly, it's more expensive than the Victrix option and doesn't have as many back buttons or accessories. If you can afford it, this is still certainly a great choice to go for.

US: Amazon | Best Buy
UK: Amazon | Argos

Nacon RIG 600 Pro HS

My current PS5 headset


Connection: 2.4GHz / Bluetooth
Drivers: SteelSeries Premium High Fidelity Drivers
Frequency response: 20 Hz–20 kHz
Microphone: Flip-down boom mic
Controls: Power, mic mute, Bluetooth, volume
Battery: 24 hours
Compatibility: PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch

Reasons to buy

Solid sound quality for the money
Dual connectivity
Decent comfort
Good companion app and EQ profiles

Reasons to avoid

No simultaneous dual connection
Mic quality could be better

I'm currently reviewing the Nacon RIG 600 Pro HS gaming headset, and although I've used better headsets, the amount of quality on offer in this $100/£100 set of ear muffs is growing on me. The sound quality isn't breathtaking like it is on some of the very best PS5 headsets, but the 40mm drivers still deliver a well-balanced sound that very precisely conveys the sound design of my favorite games on PS5. 

The main feature that led me to this headset was its dual connectivity because while it's connected to your console via a wireless USB-C dongle, it can connect to your phone via Bluetooth at the same time. However, the biggest issue I have with the headset overall is that the marketing is somewhat misleading. That connection can happen at the same time, but the headset itself will only play from one device at a time. 

In fairness, simultaneous Bluetooth connectivity isn't really found at this price tag, but at the same time, I wouldn't exactly say the marketing communicates that clearly. Regardless, that's really a nitpick, since being able to push a button and immediately divert sound for a phone call when needed may still be a useful feature. What's more, the companion app lets you switch EQ profiles and you will notice a big difference in sound quality when you sort between them. For the money, this is just as good, if not better than the Pulse wireless headset from Sony


An alternative I still dream about: Sony INZONE H7

This time last year, I reviewed the Sony INZONE H7 headset, and I've probably never been so sad to part with a review sample. It did, in fact, have that simultaneous Bluetooth connectivity I mentioned above, and it turns out that's a feature you really don't want to lose once you've had it. Besides, it has some of the best audio quality I've experienced from 40mm drivers. 

Unfortunately, it's around $180/£180, so it's a tougher sell.

US: Amazon
UK: Amazon

For more PS5 loadout boosts, check out the best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X, the best PS5 external hard drive, and the best monitor for PS5.

Duncan Robertson
Hardware Editor

Ever since playing Journey at the age of 15, I’ve been desperate to cover video games for a living. After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Journalism, I contributed to the Scottish Games Network and completed an Editorial Internship over at Expert Reviews. Besides that, I’ve been managing my own YouTube channel and Podcast for the last 7 years. It’s been a long road, but all that experience somehow landed me a dream job covering gaming hardware. I’m a self-confessing PlayStation fanboy, but my experience covering the larger business and developer side of the whole industry has given me a strong knowledge of all platforms. When I’m not testing out every peripheral I can get my hands on, I’m probably either playing tennis or dissecting game design for an upcoming video essay. Now, I better stop myself here before I get talking about my favourite games like HUNT: Showdown, Dishonored, and Towerfall Ascension.
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