In our modern era, simply buying a games console and the game you’ve been looking forward to playing just isn’t enough anymore.
If you want to have the best possible experience while gaming, then buying some extra accessories is the way to go. Whether it’s a controller charging station, a headset, or even an entire extra screen, the best gaming accessories augment your play time in a way that’s truly magical.
What’s more, many of these accessories won’t break the bank; you should easily be able to afford them by taking out some loans or dipping into your savings.
Here are the 10 essential gaming accessories you’ll need in 2024.
- 1 1.Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset
- 2 2.Sony DualSense Controller
- 3 3.Anker PowerLine II USB-C Cable
- 4 4.PlayStation Portal
- 5 5.Razer Kishi V2 Mobile Gaming Controller
- 6 6.8bitdo Wireless Bluetooth USB Adapter
- 7 7.Secretlab Titan Evo Gaming Chair
- 8 8.SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Gaming Keyboard
- 9 9.Steam Deck OLED Handheld Gaming Console
- 10 10.Genki Covert Dock 2
Perhaps the best thing about this headset from Logitech is that it’s compatible with a wide range of platforms.
If you’re a PC gamer, you’ll find this an excellent headset thanks to its USB soundcard and 50mm drivers, and if you’re a console gamer, you’ll be able to use it as well, so everyone wins.
You can even connect this headset to a Nintendo Switch, meaning that it truly is a universal solution to all your chat needs. Whether you’re partying up with a group for multiplayer or trying to keep the noise down solo, a great gaming headset is a true friend, and the Logitech G Pro X is, for our money, the best of the best.
Sony’s DualSense controller is the best controller on the market right now, and it’s compatible with PC as well as PlayStation 5, which is a nice bonus.
The built-in haptic feedback and rumble features work best on PS5, but even if you’ve hooked this one up to a PC, it’s still an excellent peripheral; it’s weighty, satisfying, and easy to use.
If you’ve got a PS5, you’ll already have received one of these in the box, but buying an additional controller will help you to keep each of them topped up at any given time and also give you the chance to enjoy multiplayer gaming.
Pretty much every gaming peripheral uses USB-C to charge now (unless you’re buying an older accessory, in which case you might need a micro USB cable).
This cable from Anker is sturdy and strong, and it supports speedy data transfer too. Naturally, since it’s USB-C, it’s also universal, so you can use it with anything that has a USB-C connector.
That includes the Nintendo Switch, as well as the DualSense and newer Xbox controllers.
It’s worth noting that the PlayStation Portal is only useful if you have a PS5 already. This is not a standalone console, and it shouldn’t be treated as a PlayStation handheld.
Rather, it’s a streaming device that allows you to enjoy PS5 games in the palm of your hand. It works by streaming games the PS5 is running to the Portal; think of it as a nifty additional screen rather than an entire console in and of itself.
It’s a godsend if you regularly find yourself in competition for the TV with other members of your household.
Are you planning to play a lot of games on your smartphone? If so, then the Razer Kishi V2 is an essential purchase.
This controller features a USB-C connector, so it connects directly to your phone rather than connecting via Bluetooth. This enables a smoother and more consistent connection, so drop-outs aren’t likely.
If you’ve got a newer iPhone, you’ll want to go for the USB-C option rather than the Lightning version, because newer iPhones now use the same USB-C connection as most Android phones do.
Have you ever wanted to use your PS5 or Xbox controller with your Switch? Well, this USB adapter from 8bitdo will let you do just that.
Harking back to the glory days of controllers being compatible across multiple consoles, this adapter slots into your Switch’s dock and allows you to hook up DualSense controllers to your Switch.
No longer will you need to scrounge around for extra Switch controllers to let your friends join in the fun when you’re playing Super Smash Bros. or Mario Kart.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: this chair does not come cheap. Secretlab’s products are notoriously expensive, but you’re getting serious quality for your money.
These chairs are ultra-comfortable, very adjustable, and hard-wearing, so they’ll support you across hours and hours of gaming fun.
Secretlab also tends to hold sales fairly regularly, so you’re likely to spot a deal if you keep an eye out for one. Don’t just settle for the price you see on the website!
Here’s one for the PC gamers (although it is, of course, possible to hook up a gaming keyboard to your Xbox or your PS5 if you want to).
The Apex Pro TKL forgoes the number pad that comes as standard on most keyboards, resulting in a slimmer and more compact form factor.
It’s got great tactile keys, speedy response times, and even a little screen to give you extra information while you’re gaming.
Okay, so we’ll admit that we’re stretching the definition of the word “accessory” here.
However, if you’re a PC gamer, it’s fair to say that the Steam Deck essentially serves as an accessory; it’s an extension of your PC, allowing you to play the games you love on the go.
The new OLED screen is gorgeous, and the Steam Deck remains just as chunky and satisfying a handheld to use as it was in its first incarnation.
This nifty little dock serves as an all-in-one solution for your Switch and your Steam Deck, allowing you to hook them up to a display without bulky docking stations.
It’s a tiny machine that fits into a power socket, but it contains an HDMI port, a USB-C port, and a USB-A port, which will let you connect all the peripherals you could need.
Ditch your Switch dock and swap to this. You won’t be disappointed!