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Its successor may be on the way, but the PlayStation 4 still has plenty to offer while you count the days until next-generation consoles launch. That said, after a few years, it may be beginning to feel a little stale. For a cure to that issue, why not add a few cool accessories?
Sure, you could just pick up another DualShock 4, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, we’re looking at a few accessories you may not have thought of that will enrich your gaming on the PlayStation 4 nonetheless.
Unless you’re playing on a massive 7.1-channel home theater system, any gaming headset is going to enhance what you’re hearing in games. It just so happens that the Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset will enhance it a little more.
In addition to easily letting you balance between game volume and chat volume in multiplayer settings, the headset has a few tricks up its sleeve. Using the companion app, you can add custom modes designed by developers specifically to enhance specific games, which is a nice touch.
The DualShock 4 is a fantastic controller in most aspects, whether you prefer it to other controllers or not. That said, even fans of Sony’s controller admit that the battery life leaves something to be desired. Okay, it’s more like it leaves a whole lot to be desired.
That’s where a charger like the Y Team PS4 Controller Charger comes in handy. It charges two controllers at once, so you’re always ready when your buddy who still likes to challenge you at fighting games or split-screen Call of Duty: Modern Warfare comes around.
Okay, so this is sort of a controller, but it’s a totally different thing. While yes, it controls the action happening on the screen, it does so in a way that makes your PlayStation 4 feel like a completely different console. If you’re a fighting game fan, the HORI Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa Arcade Fight Stick is a must-have.
That said, these arcade sticks aren’t just for fighting games. Don’t believe it? Take a peek at our list of non-fighting game genres you can play using an arcade stick.
Games are getting huge. Even if you’ve got a PlayStation 4 model with a 1TB hard drive, that doesn’t hold much when games are frequently taking upwards of 100GB of space and even approaching 200GB. Sure, you could replace the internal hard drive, but adding an external drive is easier. Hey, you could even do both.
With the WD 4TB Gaming Drive, you get a whole lot more space to install games. Never again will you have to decide whether you want to keep Red Dead Redemption 2 or Destiny 2 installed. Keep them both!
We’ve already talked about the DualShock 4’s mediocre battery life. While a dedicated charger is handy, these controllers have a habit of running out of battery right when you need them the most. That’s why it’s handy that you can charge them while continuing to play.
The problem is the USB cable that ships with the PlayStation 4 is too short to reach any couch, unless you sit around three feet from your TV. With a two-pack of 10-foot micro USB cables, you and a friend can keep playing.
How About Some Budget PS4 Games?
A bunch of cool accessories aren’t going to do you much good if you don’t have games you feel like playing. On the other hand, if you just spent some money on accessories for your PlayStation 4, you may not want to spend more right away on a new game or two. What are you supposed to do?
The good news is that this long into the PlayStation 4’s lifespan, saving money on games doesn’t mean buying used or even waiting for a sale. Just take a look at our list of the best PlayStation 4 games that cost less than $10.