The PlayStation 4 is one of three current-gen games consoles topping the gift lists of people of all ages. The others being the Xbox One and Wii U. However, it’s not good enough just to own a PlayStation 4; you need games galore, awesome accessories, and an online subscription to go with the console itself.
Which is why we here at MakeUseOf have put together this short gift guide for PlayStation 4 owners everywhere. Whether you’re looking to buy something for yourself, a friend, or a family member, the gifts on this list should elicit a smile.
A PlayStation Plus Membership
A PlayStation Plus membership is pretty much essential for all PS4 owners. Without it, they cannot play multiplayer games online, which is a huge part of the appeal of most titles released nowadays. A 12-month subscription will set you back around $50, which may seem a lot, but is actually remarkable value for money.
As well as enabling access to the online multiplayer elements of games, a PlayStation Plus membership also buys the right to download free games every month. Sony offers at least two PS4 games for free to all PS Plus subscribers each month, and taken together their value far exceeds the price paid for an annual subscription.
An Extra PS4 Controller
While online multiplayer is definitely where it’s at these days, there’s still a place for offline multiplayer gaming. After all, the feeling of trouncing someone sitting next to you on a sofa is difficult to beat, and impossible to replicate over the Internet.
It’s for this reason that an extra controller is a great gift idea for all PlayStation 4 owners, especially if you know they only own one controller at the moment. Even better would be buying them an extra controller AND inviting yourself over for a weekend of nonstop gaming.
A Good PS4 Headset
At one time headsets were only really used by PC gamers intent on blocking out the outside world as they fragged their frenemies in online shooters. However, gamers of all persuasions now use headsets to talk to their teammates while, well, fragging their frenemies in online shooters.
The PlayStation 4 headset we have linked to here is far from the only one available. However, as it’s an official Sony product with extremely good reviews, it’s the one we would recommend people buy as a gift. There are cheaper alternatives, and more expensive options, but this one achieves wonders at a mid-range price point.
The PS4 Universal Media Remote
The PlayStation 4 Universal Media Remote by PDP allows PS4 owners to navigate and control their console without having to use the controller. This makes it a worthy purchase for any PlayStation 4 owner who watches a lot of Blu-rays or who uses their games console to watch Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Instant Video.
It should be noted that while the PlayStation 4 Universal Media Remote is an officially licensed product, it isn’t actually made by Sony. This has led to some complaints that its not fully compatible with all of the receivers and apps it should be compatible with. Still, it sure beats using a controller.
The PlayStation 4 Camera
The PlayStation 4 Camera isn’t an essential purchase, but it’s a nice accessory to buy the PS4 owner who has everything. Once installed it sits quietly under your TV watching and listening (if and when you want it to). However, this isn’t so the NSA (National Security Agency) can spy on you. Thankfully.
Not only does the PlayStation 4 Camera allow you to play games which make use of the hardware, such as Just Dance 2015, it also allows you to interact with on-screen aliens through The Playroom. It also provides a simple way of streaming games via Twitch or YouTube Gaming.
Some PlayStation 4 Thumb Grips
Buying a PS4-related gift for someone doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. One of the cheapest ideas is a set of thumb grips designed to sit on top of the analog sticks on the controller. These should cost less than $5, but could make a huge difference to a dedicated gamer.
While the DualShock 4 controller that ships as standard with the PlayStation 4 is excellent, some people find the analog sticks a little slippy. These thumb grips remedy that problem, potentially turning an average player into a great player, especially in games such as Call of Duty where moving quickly and aiming accurately are all-important.
If none of the above has quite taken your fancy then vouchers to spend on PlayStation Network (PSN) are the obvious solution. These work in the same way as any other gift card, needing to be activated before they can be used to buy PS4 games, downloadable content (DLC), and themes.
You can also buy individual game vouchers which entitle the recipient to download a particular title. These are ideal for people who know exactly which games they want but who would rather just download a digital copy rather than have a disc taking up precious shelf space.
There are a host of fantastic PlayStation 4 games available, with more being released all the time. Some are exclusive to the PS4, while others are available on other platforms too. Regardless, if you pick well, these games can provide hours of entertainment.
While it’s always a good idea to buy the specific titles requested by the recipient, some games are absolute must-haves. With that in mind, we have hand-picked a small selection of both multi-platform and PlayStation-only games guaranteed to appeal across the board.
The best multi-platform games available for the PlayStation 4 include Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4, Tomb Raider, Project CARS, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Grand Theft Auto V in particular is a must-have game for anyone with a PS4, as long as they’re aged over 18.
The best PlayStation exclusives include Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, The Last of Us Remastered, Bloodborne, Tearaway Unfolded, and Journey. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is especially good value, including three full-sized games in one epic compilation.
What PS4 Gift Are You Buying?
That concludes our list of great gifts for PlayStation 4 owners. We think it offers a nice mix of accessories and games that will appeal to PS4 owners of all ages. However, the comments section is down below just waiting for your input, so please leave us some feedback.
If you own a PS4 yourself then feel free to add your own gift ideas to the list. Or, if you found this article useful in helping you decide what to buy the PlayStation 4 owner in your life then please let us know which gift idea you chose in the end. Your comment could help future readers.