Margin Makers: Guide to console accessories

The console accessories market has always been pretty healthy in the UK, but last week’s Ukie Consumer Spend Valuation report showed it took a hit in 2016, with sales in the Peripherals and Accessories category down 16.6 per cent year-on-year.

However, this drop can traced to a number of factors. Firstly, part of the decline is due to VR now being considered as its own category and not part of accessories anymore. VR was worth £61.3m in 2016, but how much PSVR contributed to this figure is unknown, but before VR was split out, this particular headset would have been included as part of the console accessories category.

The fact that the console hardware market declined 26.7 per cent year-on-year could also explain why accessories suffered from a fall in 2016. 

Overall, though, the peripherals and accessories market was still worth over £300m in 2016, which is healthy, and there are also plenty of accessories coming in 2017 (including a brand-new range thanks to the launch of the Nintendo Switch) that are going to boost the market this year.

Premium Console Case Zelda

PDP’s new Switch range includes this officially licensed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild case, which can store up to 14 game cards and also comes with a cleaning cloth. 

SRP: $14.99 (£12)  

Manufacturer: PDP  

Distributor: CentreSoft  

Contact: 0121 625 3388

Turtle Beach Elite Pro

Created for eSports players, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro is designed to maximise comfort during long gaming sessions. It features what Turtle Beach calls the ‘ProSpecs Glasses Relief System’, which, as the name states, alleviates ear cushion pressure for gamers who wear glasses.

SRP: £169.99

Manufacturer: Turtle Beach

Distributor: Exertis

Contact: 01279 822 822

Zelda Chat Earbuds  

These stereo earbuds (with in-line chat microphone) can be carried in style thanks to their Zelda-themed case.

SRP: $19.99 (£16)

Manufacturer: PDP

Distributor: CentreSoft

Contact: 0121 625 3388

Charging Stand For Xbox One – Photon blue & Zest orange 

Controller Gear’s new range of charging stands for Xbox One is now available to pre-order. There are eight different colours available. 

SRP: £32.99  

Manufacturer: Controller Gear   

Distributor: Lime Distribution   


Razer Panthera – Arcade Stick for PS4

This is the ultimate PS4 arcade stick, designed with professional players in mind. The joystick and 10 buttons are entirely customisable and the inside of the platform is also easily accessible for even more customisation possibilities. 

SRP: £199.99  

Manufacturer: Razer   

Distributor: VIP Computers  

Contact: 01925 286 900

LucidSound LS20

LucidSound’s LS20 compact, portable headset was designed for gamers who like to play on the go, making it a particularly good fit for the Nintendo Switch. It’s also compatible with other platforms, of course. 

SRP: £79.99

Manufacturer: LucidSound

Distributor: Exertis

Contact: 01279 822 822

Turtle Beach – Stealth 520

This wireless gaming headset was designed for the PS4. It features Turtle Beach’s ‘Superhuman Hearing’ technology, which allows gamers to hear every enemy footstep and weapon reload from across the arena.

SRP: £79.99 

Manufacturer: Turtle Beach

Distributor: Exertis  

Contact: 01279 822 822

Nintendo Switch Starter Kit

This is an essential accessory for anyone wishing to make the most of the Switch’s portability. Venom’s starter kit includes a case, which can also store game cards, a screen protector, a microfiber cleaning cloth and earbuds.

SRP: £14.99  

Manufacturer: Venom   

Distributor: Open  

Contact: 01763 284 181

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