A Gift Guide for the Ultimate PlayStation 4 Fan

A Gift Guide for the Ultimate PlayStation 4 Fan

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Owning a PlayStation 4 is one of the best ways to enjoy video games. Whether you have an original model or the more powerful PS4 Pro, you can enhance your experience by buying great games and some extra accessories.

Do you have someone in your life who loves their PS4, but don’t know much about gaming? If so, here’s a handy list of gifts they’re sure to love, at every price point.

PlayStation 4 Gifts: $ 15 and Under

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but that doesn’t mean every purchase is major. Here are a few small but worthwhile upgrades for any PS4 owner.

Analog Stick Grips

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 a cheap solution, we recommend these Pandaren grips. They’re inexpensive, work on any controller, and come in a pack of 16.

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If you’re buying for a more serious player, consider one of KontrolFreek’s offerings like the FPS Freek Vortex. These are slightly more expensive, but offer raised sticks for increased control.

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A Longer USB Cable

Although the DualShock 4 controller has a rechargeable battery, charging it is still a common occurrence. Make it easier 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 to USB-A cable from MATEIN does the job for just a few dollars.

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PlayStation 4 Gifts: $ 30 and Under

If you’ve got a little more money to spend, these gifts are a bit more substantial.

A Wireless Keyboard

Console players don’t typically use a mouse and keyboard to control 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 the best wireless keyboards you can buy—so take a look at that article for recommendations.

A Charging Dock

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 this BEBONCOOL controller 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.

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PlayStation 4 Gifts: $ 60 and Under

Have you got some serious money to spend on yourself or a friend? Then here’s what you can buy for the price of a new game or less.

A PlayStation Plus Subscription

Every PS4 owner should subscribe to PlayStation Plus.

PlayStation Plus includes 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, your subscription also to the PS3 and PS Vita, if you still have those systems. However, Sony will no longer offer free games for the PS3 and Vita as of March 2019.

Giving a 12-month PS Plus subscription 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.

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PlayStation Camera

The PS Camera isn’t necessary for using the PS4, unless you have PlayStation VR. The 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, the PS4 camera could be a smash hit.

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An Extra Controller

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 the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller in a variety of colors including black, white, red, and blue.

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Games

As games are the core of any system, they of course 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 exclusives—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.

A Controller Adapter

The official “elite” controller for the PS4 is ridiculously expensive. But with an adapter, you can supercharge any standard PS4 controller without paying so much.

The Collective Minds Strike Pack F.P.S. Dominator easily snaps onto any DualShock 4, and includes a 10-foot USB cable so you don’t have to worry about charging your 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.

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It’s aimed at first-person shooter players, but anyone who could benefit from an enhanced, paddle-enabled controller can enjoy it. For other choices, check out the best PS4 controller options.

PlayStation 4 Gifts: $ 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.

A PS4 Headset

The PS4 includes a basic headset for voice chat, but it’s pretty junky. You can choose from a ton of gaming headsets to upgrade it, but we think the HyperXCloud Alpha offers the best bang for your buck.

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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. Thankfully, it offers a great music listening profile too.

Hate wires? Check out some of these great wireless headsets.

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, these cards let anyone with a PS4 pick from a wide variety of games, DLC, and other content.

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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 what is essentially free money.

‘Tis the Season for PlayStation 4 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.

And if you’re buying for someone who owns an Xbox One or PC instead, check out our gift guide for gamers.

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Sony Confirms the PlayStation 5 Is Coming

Gamers, prepare yourselves, as the next-gen console war is coming. We know so because Sony has confirmed it’s working on a new PlayStation. And if Sony is developing next-generation gaming hardware, then you can be sure Microsoft is doing the same thing.

The PlayStation 4 and Beyond

Sony released the PlayStation 4 in November 2013, so it’s almost five years old at the time of writing. Previous console generations have lasted between five and seven years, leading to speculation that the next-gen consoles are imminent.

The release of the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X with upgraded specs and support for 4K gaming muddied the issue. However, comments made by Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida suggest that Sony has one eye fixed firmly on the future.

Sony’s Next-Generation Hardware

In an interview with The Financial Times [Paywall] Yoshida said, “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware.” The context being a conversation about Sony’s plans to counter the growing mobile gaming market.

Citing industry insiders who are familiar with Sony’s future plans, The Financial Times suggests the PlayStation 5 (or whatever it’s called) “might not represent a major departure from the PS4, and that the fundamental architecture would be similar.”

Given that context there’s a small chance Yoshida was referring to a new handheld games console to replace the PS Vita, but that’s unlikely. What’s more likely is that Sony will be releasing the PS5 in 2020 or 2021. With Microsoft releasing the Xbox Two soon after.

Start Saving for New Hardware

Gamers are likely to have mixed reactions to this news. A new generation of consoles means spending more money on hardware in order to play the latest and greatest games. However, those games are likely to look and sound better as a result of the new hardware.

For the time being we should all just concentrate on the current-gen consoles. So why not check out the best PS4 exclusives, peruse the best Switch games you can play today, or compare the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X.

Image Credit: Josh Hallett/Flickr

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You Can Now Download PlayStation Now Games

If you’re a PlayStation Now subscriber you can now download games as well as stream them. This change makes PS Now an option for people who don’t have a fast or reliable enough internet connection to sign up for a pure streaming-based service.

Sony launched PlayStation Now in 2014 as a cloud-based gaming subscription service. Like a “Netflix for Games,” PS Now allows you to play hundreds of games on demand for a subscription fee. And just like Netflix, PlayStation Now is now getting downloads.

Streaming Games Is for Suckers

In a PlayStation Blog post, Sony explains how a PS Now subscription now includes the option to both stream and download games. The only caveat being the need to connect to the internet every few days to “verify your PS Now subscription,” regardless.

Almost all PS4 games offered through PS Now will be available to download, as well as the remastered PS2 games. Sony doesn’t mention PS3 games though, so titles such as Fallout 3, Red Dead Redemption, and the Uncharted series will still need to be streamed.

Allowing users to download PS Now games should solve some of the problems associated with PlayStation Now. Streaming games means you need to have a consistently fast internet connection, whereas downloads mean you can play offline instead.

The only issue is existing subscribers who have started streaming games and who now want to continue playing offline. This means having to transfer your file from the cloud to your console. Thankfully, Sony details the whole process in the video above.

Sony Catches Up With Microsoft

In some ways this is Sony playing catch-up with Microsoft. In 2017, Microsoft launched the Xbox Game Pass, which offers an ever-changing lineup of downloadable games for a monthly fee. Which made Sony’s streaming offering look a little dated by comparison.

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Sony Is Killing the PlayStation Vita in 2019

Sony is set to stop manufacturing the PlayStation Vita at some point in 2019. At least according to Sony Interactive Entertainment Senior Vice President Hiroyuki Oda. What’s more, the company currently has no plans to release a new handheld console.

A Brief History of the PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation Vita, commonly referred to as the PS Vita, was first launched in 2011. It was the follow-up to the PlayStation Portable, or PSP, which brought Sony into the handheld gaming market to compete with Nintendo and its DS model.

Unfortunately for Sony, unlike the PSP, which sold 80 million units worldwide, the PS Vita failed. To date, Sony has sold just 16 million units. This compares rather unfavorably to the Nintendo 3DS, which has sold 70 million units in the same time period.

Is This the End of the PlayStation Vita?

Now, in an interview with Famitsu (via Gematsu), Hiroyuki Oda has strongly suggested the PS Vita’s days are numbered. Oda said, “In Japan, we will manufacture PlayStation Vita until 2019. From there, shipping will end.” Which sounds definitive.

It isn’t actually clear whether Sony is stopping manufacturing the PS Vita just for the Japanese market or worldwide. However, seeing as the PS Vita has done better in Japan than anywhere else, it’s logical to assume this is the end, period.

What’s more, it seems that this might be the end of Sony’s foray into the handheld console market, with Oda saying, “Currently, we do not have any plans regarding a new handheld device.” While Sony might surprise us all in a few years, it seems unlikely.

What Went Wrong for the PS Vita?

So, what went wrong for the PlayStation Vita? The obvious answer is bad timing. Over the last seven years Sony has not only had to compete with the Nintendo 3DS, but also with the rise of smartphone gaming. Which is now more popular than ever.

While plenty of people still own dedicated handheld consoles, the size of the potential market has shrunk as a result of mobile gaming. And that isn’t going to change anytime soon. Which is probably why Sony’s handheld days are over for good.

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3 Quick Fixes for PlayStation 4 Wi-Fi Issues

Having Wi-Fi issues on your PS4 is extremely frustrating. Without an internet connection, you can’t join friends in a party, play with others online, or even download updates for your games. If connecting an Ethernet cable to your system isn’t an option, we have a few tricks that should help you out. 1. Try Enabling Your Router’s Guest Network This sounds strange, but it’s worked for some people. If you have an original model PS4, it can only connect to the 2.4GHz band on your router. The newer PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro can both use either 2.4GHz or 5GHz…

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How to Cancel PlayStation Now, Vue, and Plus

Signed up for PlayStation Now or PlayStation Vue and don’t use the services anymore? Never play online and don’t need the benefits of PlayStation Plus? It’s easy to cancel them so you aren’t charged when your subscription is up. Here’s how to cancel the three major PlayStation services. How to Cancel PlayStation Now Visit your Sony account page. Sign in or confirm your password if needed. Click the Media tab along the top of the screen, then select the Games tab on the left. Use the buttons at the bottom of the list to navigate to the PlayStation Now entry…

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