A PlayStation 4 (PS4) is one of the best and cheapest ways to enjoy video games. Whether you have an original model or own the more powerful PS4 Pro (our review), you can enhance your experience with some accessories and the best games.
If you have someone in your life who loves their PS4, and don’t consider yourself well-versed in games, here’s a handy list of gifts you can buy at every price point that they’re sure to love.
$15 and Under
Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but that doesn’t mean every purchase has to destroy your wallet. Here are a few small but worthwhile upgrades for a PS4 owner.
Analog Stick Covers
Modern controllers have improved over their predecessors, but they’re not perfect. You can improve them with analog stick covers, which serve two purposes: protection of the original rubber and improved grip. Extreme gamers can eventually wear down the sticks on their PS4 controller, so stick grips are a cheap and smart solution.
Otherwise, these grips are worth a try just for improving your skills. The DualShock 4 is a great controller, but your thumbs can start slipping if they sweat during longer play sessions. For a cheap solution, we recommend the below grips. They’re just a few dollars, work on any controller, and come in a pack of 16.
If you’re buying for a more serious player, consider one of KontrolFreek’s offerings. These are slightly more expensive, but offer raised sticks for increased control.
Longer USB Cables
The DualShock 4 controller has a rechargeable battery, and most players know that charging your controller is a common occurrence. Make it easier on your loved ones and pick up an extra-long cable. That way, they’ll be able to charge and play indefinitely without having to sit closer to the system.
There’s no need to spend more than a few dollars on a USB cable. You can pick up a 15 foot cable from Monoprice for about $2 that will work perfectly with the PS4.
$30 and Under
If you’ve got a little more money to spend, these gifts are a bit more substantial.
Console players don’t use a mouse and keyboard to control their games, but a cheap wireless keyboard can still be helpful for some PS4 owners. If you send a lot of messages, browse the web, or use your system as a media player, a keyboard is nice to keep around. Without it, you have to manually enter every letter using the PS4’s on-screen keyboard, which is slow and will get old quickly.
We’ve covered some of the best wireless keyboards you can buy — check those for recommendations.
As mentioned before, the PS4 controller doesn’t have great battery life, so it’s smart to charge up whenever you can. Since the PS4 only has two USB ports and charging multiple controllers is a pain, a charging station is the perfect solution.
You can plug the dock into a wall or computer (saving you a USB slot) and charge up to two controllers. The stand is small so you don’t have to worry about wasting space, and the unit lights up so you know when they’re done. A charging dock is a must-have for anyone with more than one controller.
$60 and Under
Got some serious money to spend on yourself or a friend? Here’s what you can buy for the price of a new game or less.
PlayStation Plus Subscription
Every PS4 owner needs to have PlayStation Plus — it’s a great deal even after the recent price increase to $60 a year. You get awesome free games, frequent discounts, cloud storage, and exclusive game trials. On PS4, it’s also required for online multiplayer, but all the other benefits mean it’s more than worth it.
What’s more, one subscription applies to PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, so the more Sony consoles you own, the more you benefit. The gift of subscription renewal is great because they won’t have to worry about paying for another year themselves. Plus, membership stacks and codes don’t expire, so don’t be afraid to buy a subscription no matter how long they have left.
The PS Camera isn’t necessary for using the PS4, unless you have the PlayStation VR (our review). PS VR is too expensive to make this list, but the Camera is a neat toy nonetheless. It allows you to broadcast yourself during play sessions, log in with your face, and sync with the DualShock 4’s light bar for tracking motion.
It’s a good idea to know your audience before buying this — a diehard shooter fan probably won’t want it. But for kids or families, it could be a smash hit.
An Extra Controller
It never hurts to keep an extra controller around. From dead batteries to unexpected visits from friends, not being tied to a single DualShock 4 is a good idea. They’re roughly the same price as a game — Walmart has them for around $45. A PS4 owner might not want to pay for one himself, but he’ll appreciate receiving one as a gift.
You can get a variety of colors including black, white, red, and blue.
Of course, games are the core of any system, and as such make a perfect gift. Since the system has been available for years, there are tons of great PS4 games on the market. What game to buy depends on the player. Thus, we recommend starting with our list of the best PS4 games — just make sure they don’t already own them! If you’re nervous about buying the wrong game, the gift card option below is safer.
The PS4 doesn’t have an official “elite” controller like the Xbox One Elite option. But with an adapter, you can supercharge any standard PS4 controller without paying a ridiculous amount.
We like the Strike Pack F.P.S. Dominator. It easily snaps onto any DualShock 4, and includes a 10 foot USB cable so you don’t have to worry about charging the controller. You can hot-swap whatever buttons you’d like to map to the two paddles, and it even includes mods if you want to bend the rules a bit.
It’s aimed at first-person shooter players, but anyone who wants an enhanced, paddle-enabled controller without a ridiculous expense can enjoy it.
$100 and Under
Need to buy a gift and have more money than you know what to do with? One of these options will suffice.
The PS4 includes a headset, but it’s low-quality and pretty junky. If you have a bit more to spend, the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset is the perfect choice. It includes virtual surround sound, and you just have to plug the USB dongle into the system for wireless functionality. It also works just as well on Windows or Mac. An app on the PS4 allows for custom sound profiles, as it’s built specifically for PlayStation. Anyone who regularly plays games at night will love this.
You’ll find cheaper and more expensive headsets, but this one hits the mid-range mark perfectly.
PlayStation Gift Cards
If you’re totally unsure of what someone might want, go with a gift card for the PlayStation Store. Available in several denominations including $10, $20, and $50, anyone with a PS4 can use them to pick from a wide variety of games, DLC, or other content. They won’t have to use a credit card to add funds and the money never expires, so they can save it for a sale. One of the above gifts is probably a more personal choice, but we doubt anybody would be upset at getting free money.
‘Tis the Season for PS4 Gifts
Now, even if you’ve never touched a video game controller before, you have a variety of gifts to choose for the PS4 owner in your life. No matter your budget, you can make someone’s gaming life a bit better this holiday season.
Buying for other game fans that don’t have a PS4? Check out more great gifts for any kind of gamer.
What gifts will you be buying for those on your list? Are there other PS4 accessories you think would make a great gift? Leave a comment and let us know!
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