Now is the time to start looking for some solid PlayStation 4 holiday gift ideas. It goes without saying that this holiday season is the perfect time to scoop up new consoles and accessories for the video game enthusiast in your life, and Shacknews is here to help. Keep reading to learn about all the basic hardware needed to start gaming on PlayStation 4, plus learn about games and accessories that would make excellent gifts for PS4 players this holiday season.
Holiday 2018 - PlayStation 4 Gift Ideas
This guide aims to take the guesswork out of shopping for any gaming fan who's ready to see the best of what Sony's PlayStation 4 has to offer, whether they already own the console or haven't yet picked up a PlayStation 4. Without further ado, this guide kicks off with the most crucial component to PS4 gaming — an actual PlayStation 4 console.
PlayStation 4 Slim
Are you interested in diving into the world of PlayStation 4 gaming? Maybe you've got a loved one who hasn't yet picked up Sony's latest console? Whatever the case, this is the place to start. The PlayStation 4 Slim is the latest version of Sony's core PS4 hardware, and it comes with all the bells and whistles that gamers crave. By now, many PS4 Slim packages will come bundled with at least one game, like with the Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 bundle that was a big seller over Black Friday 2018. It's very possible that holiday shoppers will see that exact bundle on discount again, though we don't necessarily expect it to drop to such a low price.
PlayStation 4 Pro
What's the difference between the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro? Easy: the PS4 Pro is capable of displaying games and other content at a 4K resolution. Aside from that, the PS4 Pro doesn't really do anything the core PS4 doesn't do. And, considering that it's primarily focused on 4K visuals, the PS4 Pro isn't the console of choice for players who don't yet have a 4K display. If they do have a 4K TV, though, the PlayStation 4 Pro is certainly the console to get.
DualShock 4 controllers
Even though each PlayStation 4 comes with at least one DualShock 4 controller, it's always nice to have an extra on hand for the times when couch co-op is on the menu, or even for when the main controller's battery has died. Sony is offering new DualShock 4 controllers in a wide variety of colors, and most of them go for around or slightly under the MSRP of $65. Holiday shoppers who want to go the extra mile might consider picking up the DualShock 4 500 Million Limited Edition, which is not only a functional controller with a delightful transparent-blue shell, but could also serve to become a collector's item in time.
Sony's virtual reality hardware is widely considered to be one of the best ways to jump into VR gaming without breaking the bank. At around $200 for each of the various PlayStation VR bundles, it presents a considerable discount over the (admittedly much more robust) VR head-mounted displays from rivals HTC and Oculus. The only real requirement is a PlayStation 4; luckily, any PS4 model will do the trick, from launch models all the way up to the latest PS4 Pro.
Charging Dock / Vertical Stand
There are some people out there who simply prefer to keep their consoles upright, and that's okay. There are also plenty of players who often forget to charge their peripherals in between gaming sessions. Holiday shoppers can eliminate two birds with one stone by picking up one of several available PlayStation 4 vertical stands and charging stations. The Pecham PS4 vertical stand featured above is a popular choice among Amazon shoppers, and at under $20, it's one of the least expensive (and most handy) items featured on this list.
PlayStation 4 Games
Here's the big ticket item. Whether the gift receiver doesn't yet own a PlayStation 4 or has already been gaming happily for years, the best gift for a PS4 player will be a fresh new PlayStation 4 game. This year has played host to plenty of excellent releases, so holiday shoppers should be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking out a new game.
Below we've put together a list of some of the more popular titles to release in 2018. For convenience, we've provided genre details for each — this should come in handy if you happen to know that the recipient likes first-person shooters, role-playing games, or other common genres.
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Action/Adventure) - read our Assassin's Creed Odyssey review
- Battlefield 5 (FPS) - read our Battlefield 5 review
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (FPS) - read our Black Ops 4 review
- Dark Souls Remastered (Action/RPG) - read our Dark Souls Remastered review
- Dead Cells (Action) - read our Dead Cells review
- Detroit: Become Human (Adventure) - read our Detroit: Become Human review
- Devil May Cry HD Collection (Action)
- Divinity: Original Sin 2 (RPG)
- Dragon's Crown Pro (RPG)
- Dragon Ball FighterZ (Fighter) - read our Dragon Ball FighterZ review
- Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age (RPG) - read our Dragon Quest 11 review
- Far Cry 5 (Action/FPS) - read our Far Cry 5 review
- FIFA 19 (Sports)
- God of War (Action/Adventure) - read our God of War review
- Hitman 2 (Stealth/Action) - read our Hitman 2 review
- Just Cause 4 (Action)
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance (RPG) - read our Kingdom Come: Deliverance review
- Marvel's Spider-Man (Action/Adventure) - read our Marvel's Spider-Man review
- Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 (Action/Retro) - read our Mega Man X Legacy Collection review
- MLB The Show 18 (Sports)
- Monster Hunter: World (Action/Adventure) - read our Monster Hunter: World review
- Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition (Sports)
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (Sports)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (Action/Adventure) - read our Red Dead Redemption 2 review
- Shadow of the Colossus (Action/Adventure)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Action/Adventure) - read our Shadow of the Tomb Raider review
- Soulcalibur 6 (Fighter) - read our Soulcalibur 6 review
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy (Adventure) - read our Spyro Reignited Trilogy review
- Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Action/Adventure) - read our Starlink: Battle for Atlas review
- Tetris Effect (VR) - read our Tetris Effect review
- WWE 2K19 (Sports)
For a more in-depth look at this year's newest releases, be sure to stop by our 2018 video game release date schedule.
The PlayStation 4 consoles and accessories we've listed above will no doubt make a big impression this holiday season. Be sure to keep checking back as we add more items and deals in the final weeks of 2018, and stop by our holiday 2018 home page to discover more great gift ideas and guides.