Since they first went live, PlayStation 5 preorders have been a fiasco. They went up without really any advanced notice and sold out within seconds, whether they were scooped up by bots, or just shoppers with quick hands. And every single time there’s a slight restock, they’re gone just as soon as they came.
While your hopes and dreams for scoring one of the next-gen consoles before the Nov. 12 release date may be dashed for the time being, many of the PS5’s accessories are still up for grabs (for now). It might sound like a weird idea to stock up on PlayStation 5 accessories before you’ve even secured the console you’ll be using them on, but if you’re planning on getting one anyway, it can’t hurt. Who knows, maybe by the time launch day rolls around, these accessories become harder to get. Our advice? Don’t risk it, and pick up the ones you want as soon as you can.
As of the time of this writing, these are the PS5 accessories that you can still pre-order (the PlayStation 5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset seems to be the only item that is currently out of stock everywhere):
Even if you were somehow able to get your hands on a PS5 preorder, we recommend picking up another DualSense controller while you’re at it. The console itself will only come with one out of the box, so if you’re used to playing with a second person, it’s always good to have a backup controller on-hand. It’s PlayStation’s most feature-packed controller yet, boasting haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, a built-in microphone, and more.
Thinking about stepping into the streaming lifestyle? Are all of your aspirations pointing you to Twitch? You’re going to need a good camera to capture yourself playing, and PlayStation’s HD camera seems like it’s going to be a pretty solid option for doing that (assuming you’re not exclusively streaming from your PC). It can record in full, wide-angle 1080p, and has built-in background removal tools if you’re streaming with a green screen. Not bad for $60.
Wireless controllers eventually need to be charged, and plugging it into your console to do so can not only be unsightly, but cumbersome. The PS5 DualSense Charging Station allows you to charge up to two DualSense controllers at once, without ever having to plug them into the PlayStation itself.
People who use their PlayStation as their main source of entertainment beyond just gaming will appreciate having the PS5 media remote at their disposal. It promises a simpler way to navigate the PlayStation UI, with dedicated buttons for Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, and Spotify. You’ll of course be able to use it to get to your other most-used apps, as well as boot-up and shut down the console itself. It’ll even be able to connect to some compatible TVs by way of an IR transmitter, allowing you to control things like volume, power, and more.