Extra controllers, charging docks, protective cases—you name it! But if you’re reading this, then perhaps you’re wondering what accessories everyone else is spending their hard-earned cash on.
The following is a brief list of some of the best-selling video game accessories for the currently most popular gaming platforms. Maybe by looking through these you’ll even find out there’s an accessory you didn’t know about that would greatly improve the time you spend playing your favorite games.
DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4
Unless you drop so many hours into each day playing games that your original controller is already worn out, chances are you’re interested in a second DualShock 4 to play one of the many multiplayer games on PS4. With so many great titles already out and tons more coming in 2015, it’s never too early to grab a second controller.
In fact, there are even three awesome colors to choose from besides Black: Glacier White, Urban Camouflage, and Wave Blue. They’re not too expensive and are the only way you can enjoy amazing couch multiplayer games such as LittleBigPlanet 3, Diablo 3, and more.
If you do grab yourself an extra controller or two (or three!), we strongly recommend that you look into the PS4’s amazing library of downloadable titles. Although the big-budget games are great, indie titles like Nidhogg and Towerfall Ascension offer some of the most fun and memorable couch multiplayer experiences on Sony’s new console.
PowerA DualShock 4 Controller Charging Station
If there’s one thing the DualShock 4 has over Xbox One’s controller, it’s the handy rechargeable battery packs built into the controller itself. That means you don’t have to worry about AA batteries as long as you don’t forget to recharge your controllers.
To make things more convenient, this charging station allows you to quickly and easily give your controllers juice. The spring loaded cradle allows you to push down for the controller charge port to connect directly into the charging connector, eliminating the worry of returning to find that your controller didn’t actually charge.
You can also charge two controllers at the same time and then enjoy over 30 hours of game time. The controllers charge quickly, with most customer reviewers claiming to have two controllers ready to go in around 4 hours. Running out of battery in the middle of your game is a thing of the past with this guy.
Xbox One accessories
Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter
This handy accessory allows you to use most stereo gaming headsets with your Xbox One, including use of the microphone to chat. It comes with a 3.5mm audio jack that uses the CTIA plug standard and requires no connection of any sort between the console or TV/receiver. Simply plug the adapter into your Xbox One controller and then connect your headset.
You can even use your Legacy Xbox 360 stereo gaming headsets by connecting the headset to the back of the Xbox One console via the S/PDIF port or the TV/receiver with an RCA cable. You then connect the 2.5mm chat cable (using the audio jack adapter cable) from your headset into the adapter to chat with the microphone.
If you’d rather avoid picking up a $100 headset and instead want to use a stereo headset you already own, paying much less for this could save you both cash and headaches. We definitely recommend it if gaming with a headset, particularly one you already own, is important to you.
Xbox One Play and Charge Kit
If there’s one thing we didn’t expect to still have to deal with in the year 2015, it’s replacing batteries. Instead of buying and then tossing out a bunch of AA batteries every few weeks, save yourself the trouble and get this great Play and Charge Kit for your shiny new console.
This useful accessory delivers long-lasting rechargeable batteries that completely charge in less than 4 hours and then offer 30 hours of battery life. It also includes an LED indicator on the cable that notifies you when the kit is fully charged and ready for action.
Also convenient is the ability to play your favorite games even while the batteries are recharging. They also charge while the console is in standby mode, which means you’ll never have to worry about cutting your gaming sessions short because your controller is running out of battery.
Wii U accessories
Nintendo Amiibo Figures
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or somewhere without Internet for the last few months, you probably know how hot Nintendo’s new figurines are. In fact, Nintendo themselves underestimated how popular they were, and now many of these figures are some of the most rare and sought-after accessories currently on the market.
Much like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, these figures come in the form of iconic Nintendo characters. More than just pieces of plastic, they allow you to affect some of the Wii U and 3DS games you own by introducing new skins, letting you fight against a virtual version of the character, and more. Their function depends on what game you use them on.
Not sure which Amiibo to get first? We recommend you pick the characters you like most, which could be Link, Mario, Mega Man, or even Captain Falcon. If you’d like to know which ones are the most popular, you can see our list of the best-selling Amiibo so far.
Mayflash GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U & PC USB
Super Smash Bros for Wii U was easily one of the most anticipated games of last year, and for good reason. We couldn’t wait to check out the bigger cast of characters, new stages based on our favorite Nintendo worlds, and the satisfying online modes. But perhaps the most exciting feature was one that would let us do what we’ve always dreamed of doing in a Smash game: play with more than 4 players at once!
Unfortunately, Nintendo underestimated how popular their own Wii U GameCube Adapter would be, leading to many angry fans that now have to pay around $100 to buy them from scalpers. Fortunately Mayflash has provided an affordable alternative that, judging from superb customer review scores and comments, works just as good as Nintendo’s own device.
The best part is, Mayflash’s adapter has the ability to switch between a PC and Wii U mode. This means you can use your GameCube controllers on Smash 4 or one of the emulated versions of the previous Smash Bros games on your computer. It may be a few bucks more than Nintendo’s pricier adapter, but we couldn’t have asked for a better substitute, especially if you’re anxious to have 8-player matches with friends and family.
PC gaming accessories
Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
Not that we have anything against the classic mouse + keyboard control scheme, but sometimes it’s nice to have a controller in your hands that serves to improve your gaming experience. There are plenty of other 3rd party game pads you can use on your PC, but few of them can match the comfort and durability of the Xbox 360 controller.
Simply connect it to one of your PC’s USB ports to start enjoying your favorite games the way most of them were meant to play. With so many Steam and other indie games supporting Microsoft’s award-winning controller, there’s no reason not to own one of these.
Of course, you can also use it on your Xbox 360 by plugging it into one of the console’s USB ports.
SADES SA-708 Stereo Gaming Headphone Headset
It’s no surprise that one of the most affordable gaming headsets for PC also happens to be a top-seller on Amazon. It may be a bare-bones headset with none of the fancy features you’ll have if you pay for a pricey one. But for an inexpensive accessory, it certainly gets the job done.
The SA-708 has everything you could want from a good gaming headset including excellent sound quality, thanks to 40mm speakers. You’ll also find countless customer reviews praising the mic, which allows you to deliver clear and noise-free voice to others online.
But as a cheap headset, it probably feels terrible to wear, right? Wrong! Both the ear pads and headband come with cushions that will eliminate soreness or aching no matter how long you wear them. There are also a good number of available colors if you prefer something besides Blue.
HORI Duraflexi Clear Protector for Nintendo NEW 3DS XL
The newest portable gaming console from Nintendo has arrived and promises to deliver an even better on-the-go experience. Although supply is having a hard time satisfying demand in the states, there are tons of people already enjoying their New 3DS XL systems.
To make sure it stays in tip-top shape for many years to come, most owners are picking up this convenient and inexpensive protector. It comes with a clear top and bottom piece that offers extra grip and protection so you never drop the console. Even if you do, it will suffer no damage with this handy purchase.
HORI Screen Protective Filter for Nintendo NEW 3DS XL
Everyone who is buying HORI’s Clear Protector is also buying these protective screen filters that serve to make sure your New 3DS XL’s screens stay clean and scratch-free. For an cheap price you get a filter for the bottom screen as well as the top screen, as well as a cleaning cloth to keep them smudge-free.
And if you ever want to replace them, they are very easy to remove. Best of all, these are officially licensed by Nintendo, which means they are guaranteed to do exactly what they are intended to do. Just make sure you properly clean your portable console’s screens before applying the filters!
Xbox 360 accessories
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – Glossy Black
Contrary to popular belief, there are still legions of gamers who still haven’t decided to make the jump to new-gen. If this includes you, then hopefully you know just how many amazing games there still are on your Xbox 360 to enjoy, including some that will release in 2015.
But if you’re a big couch multiplayer gamer, you’ll definitely want to grab yourself an extra controller. From Gears of War 3 and Halo 4 to Castle Crashers and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, there’s no better time to grab a friend and enjoy some of the best co-op experiences any gaming console has yet to offer.
PlayStation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller (Black)
You know what last-gen console also has a plethora of fantastic multiplayer games you definitely have to try before upgrading? The PS3. Whether you’re talking digital titles or big-budget games, now is also the perfect time to grab a PS3, an extra controller or three, and enjoy some addicting multiplayer games!
The bad news is that the Dualshock 3 has yet to receive a significant drop in price, costing nearly as much as a PS4 controller. The good news is that buying one is worth every penny as you enjoy games like LittleBigPlanet, Resistance 3, Portal 2, and more with a friend or family member.