One of the defining elements of consoles as a gaming platform is the comfort , both of use and of management of the elements offered by them; While this convenience comes to the detriment, to some extent, of functionality outside certain fields, this is one of the clearest buying hooks for some players when choosing these systems as their main platform. A feature that can be expanded – or supplemented – through specialized hardware.
In the case that concerns us here, this specialized hardware comes in the form of peripherals and accessories , two elements to which we have already dedicated many lines of text throughout the year; but that, until now, these lines corresponded to a specific and easily definable group of these accessories and peripherals, with much more life and options outside of them that we have not covered yet; many of which have the unique task of making our lives easier while we use our consoles.
That is the objective of this text, to “put a face” to a series of accessories that, although they do not respond to needs or greatly improve our gaming experience, are useful for the use of our consoles . These are some of our favorite accessories for today’s consoles.
Favorite accessories for PS4
We start this list with the current PlayStation in all its models. From Sony they have been relatively attentive in terms of controlling compatibility and licenses for their system, so it is not usual to find basic accessories -such as controllers- for the console without such licenses; in turn, the Japanese gaming platform has a relatively good compatibility with generalist accessories, so it is easy to see products with standardized connections being perfectly compatible with PS4. For these reasons, the accessories that we list in this text are either official Sony products or small accessories that we consider to improve the quality of life for console users. For this list we have chosen five products from five different fronts, which are the following:
Oivo charging station for DualShock 4
A solution as simple as it is comfortable
Let’s face it, the DualShock 4 controllers improved many of the elements that traditional Sony models had, they gained in ergonomics and functions; but their modest battery condemns them to carry a life of constant charges every few gaming sessions. The objective of this charging station is not so much to solve this problem, which would require a small modification by the user, as to make it more bearable. This charging station allows us to rest the controls after use and charge them through a low voltage connection to charge them without damage in, yes, a long period of about 2 hours. The included controller and the facilities to power the device make it our option compared to other alternatives on the market.
Buy Oivo charging station for DualShock 4 for $12.99
PlayStation VR Starter Pack
The most affordable desktop virtual reality experience
Sony’s virtual reality glasses are still one of the most affordable options for enjoying this type of experience; many of which are exclusive to the console. Sony has confirmed that this device will be compatible with the PlayStation 5 , as well as its accessories and most of the titles released for it ( the PS5 camera is not compatible with PS VR ); So, although we still have to wait what happens with the hypothetical successor of this device, until then it will continue to be our best option to enjoy VR on Sony consoles.
Buy PlayStation VR Starter Pack for $261.54
Vertical stand for PlayStation 4
A safe way to save some space
Although Sony has not included supports for the vertical arrangement of its consoles for a while, the truth is that since PlayStation 2 all of them are compatible with this configuration and the company manufactures supports to arrange them in this way. In the case of the PlayStation 4 in its Slim and Pro version, this arrangement is especially advantageous to promote cooling of the console and reduce its contact with the surface, so we consider that this small accessory is a good addition for these models. The original PS4 doesn’t have this quirk, but there are also numerous third-party developed media that are equally functional.
Buy Vertical support for PlayStation 4 for $48.99
KontrolFreek Thumbsticks for DualShock 4
To add some more control to your aim
We add another accessory for the PlayStation 4 controller that we find interesting for its simplicity and effectiveness. The job of these lifters is to give our thumbs a better support point while, in the process, it moves them a little further away from the joystick axis; in the process we gain some control over this part for quick movements that need to be precise and generally fix the problem of lack of rigidity of the joysticks on this console’s controller.
Buy KontrolFreek Thumbsticks for DualShock 4 for $14.99
Sony Gold Wireless Headphones
Although this model did not appear in our last special on wireless headphones , the fact that this model has confirmed the compatibility with PlayStation 5, its recent cheaper and the specificity of the sound of the future Sony console, we now believe that it is one more option. interesting than before. It is a wireless stereo headset with virtualization of surround sound and its special equalization for the Sony console; which means that, although they are not high-performance headphones, they perform very well in that system.
Buy Sony Gold Wireless Headphones for $56.97
Our Favorite Xbox One Accessories
Microsoft’s management of its current console accessories in the next generation has been most conciliatory; so that all accessories and peripherals compatible with the original Xbox One and the other members of its family will also be compatible with future Xbox Series . This movement makes the acquisition of accessories for the Redmond machine a simple task, because if we update the system in the future we should not worry about losing those purchases. However, the Xbox One is not the most open console when it comes to accessory purchase options, as its proprietary connections and the inability to use various wireless devices eliminate some options. Luckily, there is still a lot of offer around the console marked by the X:
Side stand for Xbox One X
A monolithic position
Although, due to its form factor, Xbox One X is a console designed to be placed horizontally, the position of its fans and its clean design do not prevent it from being placed vertically, a position that helps us save some space. Unfortunately, due to the morphology of the console itself, this cannot be achieved cleanly without special support. This support is what we are highlighting for the most powerful Microsoft console on the market until next November; although we can also find it for its younger sister , the Xbox One S.
Buy Side support for Xbox One X for $11.09
Charge and Play Kit for Xbox Controller
To do without batteries, if you want
The use of batteries is one of the most controversial elements of the Xbox One controller; some users see it as a positive due to the absence of degradation in battery life, while others see it as an unnecessary expense. For the latter, this official option of the brand gives them the possibility of replacing the batteries with an internal battery in a simple way and charging it through the connection of the console control itself.
Buy Charge and Play Kit for Xbox Controller for $32.81
Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox
Now that we know that Xbox Series will be able to interact -with titles of the current generation- and store information on traditional external hard drives, it seems to us as good a time as any to recommend this Seagate external drive ; which also acts as a USB HUB for accessories connected to it while it is also connected to our console. Taking into account its huge space – 8 TB – we can dump a large part of our current Xbox One library without problems.
Buy Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox for $179.37
Multimedia controller for Xbox One
All the multimedia control of the centralized room
One of the most annoying things about current generation consoles, so prepared to be the multimedia center of our home, is the tedium of having to deal with several controllers, controls and devices. This multimedia command aims to eliminate part of that tedium by centralizing the control of the console through it while we do not think about playing on our Xbox One, something that, in our eyes, it does correctly.
Buy multimedia remote for Xbox One for $19.99
Moga mobile game stand
To take advantage of xCloud
Xbox Game Pass will include xCloud for our use and enjoyment, but to truly enjoy it we need a convenient way to have our devices available to play; especially if we plan to enjoy it from a smartphone. This is the purpose of this simple accessory, which makes the experience of playing on our phone with the Xbox One controller something much more comfortable.
Buy Moga mobile game support for $14.99
Our Favorite Switch Accessories
The characteristics of Nintendo’s hybrid console and its portable version make both models highly susceptible to enjoying a wide range of accessories and peripherals for all kinds of tasks; something that, naturally, happens. However, the limitations of the console in terms of the operation of certain features and the extreme number of options make it slightly difficult to purchase such accessories. For us, these are what we would consider “essential” for both models; Although like everything, it depends on the use given by each one:
NNS60 transport case
Even the dock is now portable
Nintendo Switch is a console that, by conception, is designed to be taken with us wherever we want it; however, as we include accessories in the mix, it becomes less portable. For situations like that, especially if we use to move the console a lot , that is what cases like this one that we bring here, licensed by the company, are designed for.
Buy NNS60 transport case for $44.96
Protective Case for Nintendo Switch Lite
Even more protection! This time for Switch Lite
If our console is not Nintendo Switch, but its Lite version, we also have additional protection to move it with peace of mind. This ProCase model includes a magnetic front sleeve – to make it easier to use the console without it – and includes screen protectors to prevent possible scratches. Complete and totally portable protection for the smallest of the Nintendo Switch family.
Buy Protective Case for Nintendo Switch Lite for $10.99
Hori Headphones with Microphone for Switch
So as not to neglect the path of dialogue
Talking to our teammates on Nintendo Switch can be relatively cumbersome without the right accessories; These Hori headphones with mic are designed for the same purpose, are relatively affordable and fully compatible with all versions of the hybrid console, being a product licensed by Nintendo.
Buy Hori Headphones with microphone for Nintendo Switch for $23.87
Hori Split Pad Pro
Control Pro in portable format
This controller ready for use with Nintendo’s hybrid console in handheld mode was one of our recommendations from the featured offer of the week a while ago; in that text we highlight its benefits, which we want to highlight here once again to highlight it among our favorite accessories for the console.
Buy Hori Split Pad Pro for $49.99
Anker PowerCore External Battery
Extend the life of your console out of the Dock
As with all portable consoles, the useful life of the Nintendo Switch is relatively limited if we count it through the duration of its internal battery. This external battery from Anker is designed to extend the use time of the console while we play in portable mode, or to charge it easily without a plug in between . It packs up to 13400mAh, over a full console charge, and is fully compatible with other devices.
Beyond these accessories
Throughout the year at zone-skins we have covered all kinds of peripherals and accessories for our computers and consoles; In this text, we wanted to focus, as we warned, on accessories that are a little more difficult to classify or classify in a group, from the result of our research of some of those that we consider the most useful.