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These Are Must-Have Gaming Accessories for Your New PS5

The PlayStation 5 or PS5 has been notoriously difficult to get for a while now, as retailers — including Sony — often randomly drop new stock. You really need to stay on top of things if you want one, and there’s not always a way to know when more are coming! If you’ve been lucky enough to get one, first congratulations! You probably remembered an extra DualSense controller already, right? If you didn’t you should definitely grab one. More importantly, there are a ton of great PS5 gaming accessories at GameStop, and a lot of them are on sale. To outfit your new gaming setup, check out the top picks for the best PS5 accessories, which we cobbled together below!

Sony PlayStation 5 Media Remote

If you use your PS5 to watch any kind of media, whether gaming content on YouTube, or movies and shows on Netflix, this media remote would be an excellent addition to your arsenal. It features dedicated app buttons — Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, and more — media playback controls, and universal TV settings. The built-in IR transmitter allows you to adjust the volume on your TV, for example. It’s also designed to connect seamlessly with your PS5.

New: $30 | Pre-Owned: $25

Sony PULSE 3D Wireless Gaming Headset

The Pulse 3D wireless headset for the PlayStation 5.

The official PULSE 3D wireless gaming headset from Sony delivers fine-tuned 3D audio for an immersive experience while you play. It looks awesome, feels awesome, and sounds awesome. Dual noise-cancelling microphones ensure your voice is clear when you’re engaging with friends or other players. It also has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 12 hours of wireless play.

New: $100 | Pre-Owned: $80

Sony DualSense Charging Station

The official charging station for the PlayStation 5's DualSense controllers.

This Sony official charging dock can hold up to 2 DualSense controllers at a time, freeing up the USB ports in your console. The click-in design makes it easy to dock controllers, while the aesthetics match both the console and the controllers to provide a beautiful and coherent look to your gaming setup.

New: $30 | Pre-Owned: $25

Performance Thumbsticks (Thumb Grips) for DualSense

Kontrol Freek Inferno Thumgrips for PS Controllers.

If you’re playing competitively these thumbgrips attach to the joysticks on the DualSense controller offering a host of benefits. For example, you’ll see improved accuracy, especially in shooters, and they make using the thumbsticks more comfortable over long periods. Each set comes with a high-rise (right) and mid-rise (left) grip. They also protect your joystick from normal wear and tear. They come in several colors, too, allowing you to customize your look.

New: $17

PS5 Console Skins

Venom console and controller skin for the PS5.

Tired of a plain white console? From Nightmare Before Christmas to Venom, and the Dallas Cowboys to Los Angeles Lakers, there are a ton of skins you can choose from. Many of them include officially licensed designs and prints, with scratch-resistant surfaces. They’re vinyl decals with a 3M adhesive backing that makes it super easy to apply to your console, but won’t leave any sticky residue when you’re ready to return to stock! There are a bunch of matching controller skins too. Just be aware that prices vary, and some are more expensive because they include multiple skins bundled together.

New: $15 to $40

Logitech G923 Racing Wheel and Pedals

Logitech G923 racing wheel and pedal set for PS5 games.

Play a lot of racing games or planning to get an authentic racing setup ready in time for Gran Turismo 7? This Logitech racing set was built for the PS5. It features integrated controls and a streamlined design — TRUEFORCE technology connects directly to game engines for unprecedented processing times. You can adjust wheel sensitivity, feedback levels, and even customize the buttons. It works with PC, and with a bunch of PS4 racing titles, as well.

New: $400

Seagate External Hard Drive

Seagate external hard drive for the PS4 (works with PS5).

You may or may not know that you can plug an external hard drive into a PS4 and load games and apps on it. But did you know that you can take those drives, loaded with content, and plug them directly into your PS5? You can then load a ton of PS4 games onto that drive, saving space on your internal drive for PS5 games — and taking advantage of the increased loading speeds. Basically, you can bring your entire PS4 digital library with you over to the PS5 quickly and easily. There are both 2TB and 4TB options for the Seagate drive. There are refurbished drives available too, if you want to try to those out. There are some cool themed ones too with designs inspired by Captain America, Avengers, and The Last of Us II.

2TB New: $80 | 4TB New: $115

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Nintendo Switch OLED review: Beautiful, but not a must-have

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Alongside that new display are a bunch of minor tweaks that don’t seem like much when considered individually, but as a whole really improve the experience. The most notable is the new stand on the back. The one on the original Switch is small and roughly a finger’s width, with only two positions: open and closed. The one on my original launch unit no longer locks in the “closed” position and has a tendency to flop out when I’m playing in handheld mode. It also detaches completely if you look at it funny.

The Switch OLED’s stand is an entirely different beast. Instead of a skinny little strip, it’s now a Microsoft Surface-style panel that stretches across the back of the entire unit, with real hinges that can be left in a number of positions so you can now put your unit at whatever angle you prefer. I wouldn’t try to pull this thing off; the hinges are actually molded into the plastic, so if you do break it, it’ll have to go off to the Nintendo repair shop to get fixed up.

Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch OLED, face down

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To accommodate the new stand a bunch of stuff has been moved around on the back of the Switch unit. The logo is now printed on the stand itself, so it’s been moved to the lower half of the rear. The manufacturing info, like the parts number and voltage, is now printed in black on the black plastic, underneath the stand. So it’s doubly hidden — a subtle but welcome improvement. The rear speakers have been moved to the bottom edge of the unit, where they also serve as a way to pull the stand out. It’s actually very thoughtful, while providing clear game audio and minimizing system noise. And, while the microSD hasn’t been completely relocated, it’s now placed parallel to the bottom edge. I assume this small change is to keep users from accidentally pulling out the card when they’re trying to adjust the stand. The one thing that hasn’t been relocated is the USB-C port on the bottom, so you still can’t recharge it in tabletop mode.

Face down, bottom pointed at camera

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There are fewer changes to the device’s top edge, with the most notable being a button redesign resulting in longer, thinner power and volume switches. The new buttons aren’t easier to hit, but they do look sleeker and feel better under my fingers thanks to the textured plastic of the Switch OLED. The system is actually just nicer to hold now, like when it kept the sweat from pooling under my clammy hands during a particularly stressful boss fight in Metroid Dread.

Metroid Dread on screen, Joy-Cons in front

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Because the Switch OLED has to be compatible with all existing accessories, that means the unit is the same height and width as the original model. The Joy-Cons haven’t gotten a redesign, but hopefully the infamous “Joy-Con drift” has been eradicated by now. The new black and white color scheme is very nice, a step up from my all-gray launch unit in terms of style. If you like a more playful color palette, the Switch OLED can also be bought with red and blue Joy-Cons, or you can swap any other Joy-Cons you want. But the white ones don’t show scratches as easily as the other shades, so they’ll look spiffy for longer.

The one change in the system’s dimensions is the weight, thanks to the OLED screen. When handling the original and new Switch side by side, the difference is undeniable. But it’s not a big enough divide to make the Switch OLED less portable in any way. Subjectively, it might actually seem a bit lighter, possibly because the weight is well-distributed. The one thing about the build that feels like a step down is that the OLED model has a tiny bit of flex in the middle of the rear panel that’s not present in the original. However, it doesn’t make much of a difference to the build quality unless you’re planning to take a hammer to the back of the unit.

Face down, on a stack of games

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Because the system keeps the same internals, that means the battery has gone unchanged as well. It’s the same as the refreshed 2019 battery, which offers between four and nine hours of battery life compared to the launch unit’s cap of six hours. However, the new OLED should be more power-efficient than the LCD, and in use it appears to be. I got almost seven hours of Metroid Dread before I got the “low battery” warning at 15 percent, and that’s a game that makes frequent use of vibration. Compare that to the four or five hours I tend to get out of my OG Switch, even when playing something fairly tame like Animal Crossing or Untitled Goose Game.

If you already have an existing Switch, you can drop the OLED model into your current dock and it will work just fine. But the system does come with its own, redesigned dock that you might want to set up. It looks a lot nicer thanks to its rounded corners and glossy black plastic on the inside (which admittedly will probably scratch up over time). The back panel isn’t great, as it feels flimsy and can come off completely (so you may lose it). But all of these are outweighed by the important addition of an ethernet port.

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Amazon Memorial Day Sale 2021: Save Big on Must-Have Tech

Memorial Day sales are here and Amazon has gone all out to offer some amazing deals this Memorial Day. Whether you’re looking for a new tablet, streaming device, AirPods, or even a new laptop, there’s something here for you and everything is heavily discounted. This is the ideal time to upgrade your technology needs for less but, as always, you’ll need to be quick. At these prices, stock is sure to be limited.

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Ordinarily priced at $30, the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite is down to just $25 right now. Working out at nearly 20% off, it’s one of the cheapest ways to stream your favorite shows to your TV. It includes support for Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube, and many more services so you can easily enjoy all your favorites with minimal effort. Alexa support is a convenient bonus, too.

With $20 off, the Amazon Fire TV Cube is a tempting deal if you want more from your streaming device. It’s the fastest and most powerful Fire TV streaming device out there, allowing you to not only control your TV but also compatible soundbars and A/V receivers. You can do so via a remote or by asking Alexa. There’s a built-in speaker, too, so it works much like a smart speaker plus, of course, there’s streaming support for pretty much every service you can think of. There’s a good reason why it features in our look at the best streaming devices.

AirPods 2 Charging Case

If you don’t mind needing to charge the old-fashioned way (with wires rather than a wireless charging case) then these Apple AirPods are a sweet deal. You still get all the benefits they bring, such as the new Apple H1 headphone chip which means fast and reliable connections to your devices, plus easy setup, and the sound is pretty good, too. The only thing you miss out on is wireless charging but with up to 24 hours of battery life via the case, this won’t be an issue too often.

Looking for a new and inexpensive tablet? This Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet offers a big screen at a great price. Its full HD display is perfect for doing anything from watching your favorite shows to working on Outlook or Evernote, or even taking video calls via Zoom. Alexa support is a useful advantage plus you can enjoy up to 12 hours of battery life between charges. It’s impressively powerful for the price.

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2
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Already great value for a Chromebook, this Samsung Chromebook 4 is even more tempting at nearly 20% off. It offers an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM plus 32GB of eMMC storage so it’s just right for taking out and about with you before uploading everything to the cloud. Suitably lightweight with military-grade durability, you won’t have to worry about it taking a knock either. Even better, there’s battery life of about 12 hours as well.

The best of the bunch, the Apple AirPods Pro are down to just $197, making them a super tempting proposition. These earbuds offer adaptive EQ so they give you the best music based upon the shape of your ear. They also have highly effective active noise cancellation with a transparency mode for when you need to listen to the world again. Its wireless charging case provides more than 24 hours of battery life, too, further sweetening the deal.

Considered the best iPad for those on a budget, the Apple iPad 10.2 is even more tempting with $30 off. The tablet has a gorgeous 10.2-inch Retina display backed up by a powerful A12 Bionic chip. It also has an 8MP back camera and 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera for all your calls, plus there’s support for the first generation of the Apple Pencil. As a general all-rounder iPad, it’s a great starting place at an excellent price.

If portability is everything then the Apple iPad Mini is just what you need. Its screen may be smaller at 7.9 inches but that makes it all the more flexible for carrying around with you. It’s still a Retina display that offers True Tone and wide color so it looks fantastic, plus there’s the same processor — the A12 Bionic chip — as the conventional iPad. You’ll be impressed at how much you can do while on the move with this little gem.

If you’re looking for a reliable machine for work or study then the HP Laptop 14 is pretty tempting. At just $400, it has an AMD Athlon 3050U processor, 8GB of RAM, plus 128GB of SSD storage so it’s good for most purposes. While you won’t be playing games on it or anything too heavy duty, it’s ideal for taking notes or typing up documents.

With the latest M1 processor, the Apple MacBook Air is a dream to use thanks to fast performance and excellent battery life. Besides the processor, it also has 8GB of RAM plus 256GB of SSD storage as well as a gorgeous 13-inch display. Battery life of up to 18 hours is fantastic even for those with the busiest of days, plus a fanless design means it operates silently. What more could you want? Oh yeah, it looks super stylish, too.

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