Have someone in your life who loves playing video games on their PS4, but don’t know much about gaming yourself?
If so, here’s a handy list of gifts they’re sure to love, at various price points to suit all gift situations.
The DualShock 4 is a great controller, but your thumbs can start slipping if they sweat during longer play sessions. You can improve this with analog stick covers, which serve two purposes: they help protect the original rubber and offer improved grip.
Otherwise, these grips are worth a try just for improving your skills. For most players, we recommend these Pandaren Thumb Grips. They’re inexpensive, work on any controller, and come in a pack of 16.
Although the DualShock 4 controller has a rechargeable battery, the battery life isn’t great. Make recharges less frequent by picking up an extra-long cable. That way, you can charge and play indefinitely without having to sit closer to the system.
This 15-Foot Micro-USB Cable from MATEIN does the job for just a few dollars.
Console players don’t typically use a mouse and keyboard to control games, but a wireless keyboard accessory can still be helpful for some PS4 owners. Anyone who sends a lot of messages, browses the web, or uses their system as a media player will really appreciate the Prodico PS4 Gamepad Keyboard attachment for the PS4 controller.
Without it, you have to manually enter every letter using the PS4’s on-screen keyboard, which is tedious. Prodico’s PS4 keyboard is an inexpensive way to keep a full physical keyboard close at hand.
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 a few USB ports and charging multiple controllers is a pain, a charging station is the perfect solution.
You can plug this BEBONCOOL PS4 Controller Charger 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 it taking up lots of room, and the unit lights up, letting you know when they’re done. A charging dock is a must-have for anyone with more than one controller.
Every PS4 owner should subscribe to PlayStation Plus. The service includes free games, frequent discounts, cloud storage, and exclusive game trials. On PS4, it’s also required for online multiplayer games, but all the other benefits mean it’s more than worth it.
Giving a PlayStation Plus 12 Month Membership renewal as a gift is great because the recipient doesn’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. Since this arrives as a digital code, it also makes a great gift for far-away friends.
The PlayStation 4 Camera isn’t necessary for using the PS4 outside of PlayStation VR. However, the Camera is nonetheless a neat toy. It allows you to broadcast video of yourself when streaming, log into the PS4 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, the PS4 Camera could be a smash hit.
For everything from dead batteries to unexpected visits from friends, it never hurts to keep an extra controller around. Since they’re roughly the same price as a game, a PS4 owner might not want to pay for one themselves, but will appreciate receiving one as a gift.
You can get your giftee another DualShock 4 Wireless Controller in a variety of colors, including black, white, red, and blue.
“Elite” controllers for the PS4 are ridiculously expensive. But with an adapter, you can supercharge any standard PS4 controller without paying much. The Collective Minds Strike Pack F.P.S. Dominator easily snaps onto any DualShock 4.
It provides two paddles for extra control, to which you can hot-swap any buttons you’d like. The included 10-foot USB cable is necessary when you want to use the pack, and makes sure you don’t have to worry about charging the controller. Plus, the pack even includes mods if your player wants to bend the rules a bit.
It’s aimed at first-person shooter players, but anyone who could benefit from an enhanced paddle-enabled controller will appreciate it.
The PS4 includes a basic headset for voice chat, but it’s pretty clunky. You can choose from a ton of gaming headsets to upgrade it; we think the HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset offers great bang for your buck.
Its powerful drivers let you hear every bit of game audio, and it packs a removable boom mic that’s much better than the PS4’s stock mic. And the included cables let you use it with your computer or any device with a headphone jack. Plus, it offers a great music listening profile.
Modern games take up a ton of space, so most PS4 players know the frustration of running low on hard drive storage. The WD 2TB Element Portable External Hard Drive offers tons of extra space to keep plenty of games installed.
This particular drive has a slim profile, so it sits unobtrusively on the PS4. If you’re buying for someone who’s had a PS4 for a long time, this will be a hit gift.
PlayStation VR works with every PS4 and is a great way to experience true virtual reality without having a powerful PC. While it’s still not cheap, the PlayStation VR Bundle would make a great gift for anyone who’s curious about VR and hasn’t dived in yet.
This PS VR bundle includes everything you need to get started, including the headset, PS4 Camera, two PlayStation Move controllers, and a few games.
Here’s something a bit different. This four-pack of Paladone PlayStation Metal Drink Coasters lets PS4 fans protect their coffee tables while showing off their love for gaming. As you’d expect, the four pieces correspond to the four face buttons on the PS4 controller: X, square, circle, and triangle.
It’s an inexpensive gift and one that they can enjoy even when the PS4 eventually becomes obsolete.
If you’re totally unsure of what someone might want, go with a PlayStation Store Gift Card. Available in several denominations, including $10, $20, and $50, these cards let anyone with a PS4 pick from a wide variety of games, downloadable content (DLC), and other content.
They won’t have to use a credit card to add funds, and the money never expires, so they can even save it for a sale. One of the above gifts is a more personal choice, but we doubt anybody would be upset at getting what is essentially free money.
If you know the person well, you can pick out an individual game for them instead. But in most cases, a gift card is safer.
‘Tis the Season for PlayStation 4 Gifts
Even if you’ve never touched a video game controller before, you can choose from a variety of great gifts for the PS4 owner in your life. No matter your budget, one of these choices will make someone’s gaming life better this holiday season.
If you’re also buying for someone who plays games on other platforms, check out our general gift guide for gamers.
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