Now that Sony has unleashed the awesome PS5 unto the gaming masses, I figured it's about time to discuss its nifty peripherals.
DualSense Wireless Controller
I've already discussed how much I love the DualSense controller and it's quite possibly my favourite game controller of all time. Its haptic feedback provides the most immersive rumble experience to date and the adaptive triggers add even more immersion to the games that support it. Since I wrote my initial impressions, I purchased a second controller so I could play Sackboy: A Big Adventure with my gaming chum and we've also been enjoying Overcooked! All You Can Eat a great deal as well as a little bit of DIRT 5. Anyway, if you'd like to learn more about it then read my PS5 first impressions review where I discuss the DualSense in more depth.PlayStation 5 First Impressions Review
PULSE 3D Wireless Headset
I've owned a few gaming headsets over the years and the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset is certainly up there with the best, especially within its price range. First of all, they're mostly comfortable and lightweight although a bit tight around the ears but the most important aspect is its sound quality and for gaming on PS5, you definitely get a great audio experience. That being said, I tried listening to music with them and felt that my trusty LucidSound LS35X headset offers a much larger range which makes music sound more layered and full. Other than that, the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset includes 2 hidden microphones with noise-cancelling technology and using it is simple with its intuitive controls after you learn what everything does. I'll definitely use this whenever I play PS5 with a headset.
DualSense Charging Station
For starters, I don't personally use controller charging stations as I prefer to simply plug in a cable but the DualSense Charging Station is quite sleek and doubles as a nice way to store and display up to 2 controllers. All you do is plug it into an electrical outlet then insert 1 or 2 controllers and they'll recharge for the next time you play PlayStation 5. One quibble that I have is that it's tricky to know if you inserted the controllers correctly or not. They sort of wobble around and don't really click into place unless you get the angle just right and if you're going to have to fiddle around like that, why not just plug in a cable? It looks cool but I don't fully recommend it.
Next, here's the PS5 Media Remote. It's very lightweight, small, and super-easy to set up and use. With it, you can control various media apps and streaming services on PlayStation 5 such as Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube as well as change your TV volume. With my setup, I use HDMI ARC with my receiver so it's cool that I can control the volume of my whole sound system using this little remote. Anyway, you can also use it to simply navigate the PS5 menus so if you ever want to just browse trophies, friends, or the PlayStation Store then you can do so without a needlessly cumbersome game controller. Overall, I'm happy to have the option to use it.
Finally, let's discuss the HD Camera. Currently, it does not work with PlayStation VR games so its primary use is for streaming. First, I find its design to be absolutely top-notch. It's basically a small camera within a C-shaped clip that freely opens and closes. Therefore, you can set it on a surface, clip it to the top of your TV, or even hang it over your TV if you want. As far as I'm concerned, positioning and setting up a camera has never been so easy. When it comes to functionality, this little camera can capture 1080p video with its dual lenses and it allows you to remove the background as you stream. It's certainly better than the EyeToy, that's for sure.
Now that we looked at the PlayStation 5 and all of its currently available accessories, I can't wait to see what Sony has in store over the coming years. Will we get a new VR headset? Will there be new Move controllers? Is Vita ever coming back? Only time will tell.