PlayStation 5 is now available in select regions, with a global launch following shortly on November 19. Those lucky enough to secure a preorder finally have their hands on the excellent DualSense controller and are getting their first taste of the next generation with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, or one of several other launch games.
Many others, unfortunately, are stuck waiting for a restock. Rather than sit around refreshing retail websites, we’re entertaining ourselves by building our dream PS5 setup and calculating how much it’d cost to “max out” our next-gen experience.
To do this, we’ve compiled a list of all Sony’s official PS5-compatible hardware and accessories (no software or subscriptions) and noted the cost for the U.S., U.K., and Australian markets.
The Cost of Maxing Out Your PS5
PlayStation 5 – $500 USD / £450 / AU$750
PlayStation 5 is available in two versions, one with a disc drive and one without. The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition costs $100 USD less, but for the sake of “maxing out” our console, we’re choosing the more expensive, disc-based option.
DualSense Controller (x3) – $210 USD / £180 / AU$330
One DualSense controller is included with the PS5. For the ultimate local co-op experience, we’ll need to tack on three more.
DualSense Charging Station (x2) – $60 USD / £50 / AU$100
The DualSense Charging Station holds two controllers at a time, so we’re adding two to ensure all four of our controllers stay charged and ready to go.
Pulse 3D Wireless Headset – $100 USD / £90 / AU$160
Sony’s official PS5 headset is designed to take advantage of the console’s new Tempest 3D positional audio. IGN’s Pulse 3D Wireless Headset review says it gives games “a sense of space and place that most other systems do not have, even with surround sound,” making it a must-have for our setup.
PS5 Media Remote – $30 USD / £25 / AU$50
Of course we’ll need a way to conveniently navigate PS5’s entertainment apps, such as Disney+, Netflix, and Twitch.
PS5 HD Camera – $60 USD / £50 / AU$100
If we’re going to hypothetically spend this much on our setup, we might as well hypothetically record ourselves enjoying it.
PSVR Bundle – $350 USD* / £260** / AU$420**
For the full PlayStation experience, we’re going to need a PSVR headset. While availability and bundle contents vary based on region, these appear to be the lowest introductory prices as of November 2020.
*Includes PSVR, PlayStation Camera, a camera adapter, two PlayStation Move controllers, and Marvel’s Iron Man VR.
**Includes PSVR, PlayStation Camera, and PlayStation VR Worlds. (These bundles don’t include a camera adapter, which is required for PSVR on PS5; they’re available for free through Sony.)
Grand Total: $1,310 / £1,105 / AU$1,910
Our “maxed out” PS5 — a console, three extra controllers, two charging stations, a Pulse 3D headset, one media remote, the HD Camera, and PSVR — comes in at $1,310 USD / £1,105 / AU$1,910, which is only slightly more than you’d pay for just a PS5 on the resale market.
Were you able to secure a PS5 on launch day? If so, which accessories did you opt for? Let us know in the comments!
Those who’ve yet to find a console can keep an eye on our PS5 buying guide, where we’ll continue to update you on availability. In the meantime, check out IGN’s PS5 review for our in-depth thoughts on Sony’s new console.
Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.
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