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Christmas Gift Guide 2017: 22 gift ideas for PlayStation Gamers

Give your console a festive upgrade with these button-bashing add-ons

The Sony PlayStation 4 might be a steller piece of kit – and the PlayStation 4 Pro even more so – but, come Christmas, the basic ‘console and controller’ setup just won’t cut the festive cake.

See, when Uncle Pete is calling for a Boxing Day COD session, Dad wants to burn some rubber in Rocket League and Nan’s after a button-mashing Street Fighter V tournament, you need some next-level gear.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of peripherals available to add that much-needed extra spice to your PS4. Whether you’re in search of superb sound or a solution to sweaty palms during an all-night Christmas Eve session with Santa, we’ve got you covered.

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SteelSeries Arctis 7 (£139.99)

SteelSeries Arctis 7 (£139.99)

Most gaming headphones prioritise audio over comfort, but what good is high fidelity gunfire when your ears end up red and raw? The Arctis 7’s AirWeave cushions, on the other hand, feel like you’ve strapped feathers to your lugs, yet doesn’t sacrifice sound quality with its superb S1 speaker drivers. There’s also a ClearCast microphone, so your teammates will hear your profanity-peppered rants with impressive clarity.

Gran Turismo Sport Limited Edition PS4 Slim 1TB (£259.99)

Gran Turismo Sport Limited Edition PS4 Slim 1TB (£259.99)

There’s no doubting the PlayStation 4’s internal power, but despite what your mother tells you it’s not just what’s inside that counts and Sony’s black box is a bit of bore. Fortunately, this special edition GT model has had a ‘pimp my ride’ style makeover with a silver finish and a Gran Turismo logo. And you get a copy of GT Sport to boot.

Hori Mini Wired Gamepad (£19.99)

Hori Mini Wired Gamepad (£19.99)

The DualShock 4 might serve your trigger fingers well, but it’s a lumpy piece of kit for those with small hands, like children or Donald Trump. That’s why Hori decided to create this mini PlayStation pad. It may be wired and missing a motion sensor, but your little ones won’t care if it means they’ve got a better chance beating you at Rocket League.

Numskull Crash Bandicoot Crash Crate Mug (£14.99)

Numskull Crash Bandicoot Crash Crate Mug (£14.99)

What’s the best present you can buy someone? A nostalgia trip to the ‘90s, of course. The Crash Crate mug is the perfect gift for providing throwback thrills every time your friend’s craving a cuppa. But be sure to warn them that smashing this dolomite mug open won’t gain them an extra life – just a nasty scald on the leg.

Logitech Driving Force G29 (£219.98)

Logitech Driving Force G29 (£219.98)

Video game racers are better than ever at simulating the real thing. Still, for all that immersion it’s hard to imagine being behind the wheel of a Porsche while hammering buttons on a gamepad. Get this PS4 and PC driving bundle, though, and bring Formula 1 thrills to the living room.

Razer Raiju (£148.90)

Razer Raiju (£148.90)

Is your friend one of those types who blames their Call of Duty deaths on their controller? If so, this pro pad might serve their digits better with a chunkier design, four additional customisable buttons and optional trigger stop switches for rapid fire. More importantly, it’ll give them no excuse for the next time you shotgun their face into oblivion.

Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 2.5in Internal Hard Drive (£70.74)

Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 2.5in Internal Hard Drive (£70.74)

Even a modestly sized collection of big budget games is enough to fill the standard 500GB hard drive of a PS4. Remedy this data a squeeze with a nifty hard drive swap.

Seagate’s little spinner lets you cram a whopping 2TB into your little black box. Accounting for the 93GB occupied by the PS4 operating system, that would leave space for some 38 50GB games. If that’s not enough, then you might just have a hoarding problem.

Kootek Vertical Stand for PS4 Pro with Cooling Fan (£14.99)

Kootek Vertical Stand for PS4 Pro with Cooling Fan (£14.99)

The PS4’s Pro extra power means it pumps out a huge amount of heat and, as we were all taught at school, heat + electronics = bad news.

Thankfully, Kootek’s Vertical Stand will keep your beloved console upright and cool. Equipped with a pair of fans at its base, it also doubles up as a Dualshock 4 charging point and USB hub, thereby saving you precious shelving space.

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset (£64.99)

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset (£64.99)

Sick of that sore skull after a night-long COD binge? The HyperX Cloud II headset is the answer to your audio needs.

The memory foam headband and ear cushions will mould to the curve of your cranium, ensuring that even during the longest periods of play you’ll be headache free. There’s even a sound card on-board that adjusts voice volume to balance in-game sounds. Sounds good to us.

PlayStation Network Wallet Top Up (from £5)

PlayStation Network Wallet Top Up (from £5)

Can’t decide what to buy your favourite PlayStation gamer? Don’t! A boon for the indecisive, there’s no better generic gift for Sony players than a top-up for their Network Wallet.

Like digital cash for their console, Network credit will allow your gaming friend to buy and download games, add-ons, films and more from the PlayStation Store. Available in increments of £5, the only thing to decide is your own generosity.

Squidgrip (£12.99)

Squidgrip (£12.99)

The DualShock 4’s obsidian sheen is mightily attractive – but it also leads to unwanted slippage and sweaty palms. Stick Squidgrip over your controller’s hand rests and say goodbye to clammy fragging. Brill.

Elgato Game Capture HD60 (£149.99)

Elgato Game Capture HD60 (£149.99)

For true YouTube sensations-in-waiting, Elegato’s Game Capture HD60 is a must. It’ll easily record hours of gaming footage in glorious 1080p at 60FPS, as well as letting sharers live-stream to Twitch or YouTube with the click of a button. It even includes built-in features for adding webcam video and voiceover on the fly.

Evil Controllers custom DualShock 4 (US$164.99)

Evil Controllers custom DualShock 4 (US$164.99)

You could just get another ‘normal’ controller. Sony makes them in white, red, blue, "Urban Camouflage", silver and gold. But true PS4 fans need a fully custom fragging tool.

That’s where Evil Controllers come in. There are plenty of pre-made options available – but the real joy is in using the Controller Creator to design every inch of your new DualShock 4. And, if you fancy gaining a bit of a gaming advantage at the same time, take a look at the Pro options.

Bean Bag Bazaar Gaming Bean Bag (£42.99)

Bean Bag Bazaar Gaming Bean Bag (£42.99)

Not all furniture is created equal. Unless you’re blessed with a comfortably caressing corner sofa, you should probably consider something new for your gaming perch.

This leather beanbag is shaped with gamers in mind: with back, neck and arm rests designed to protect your withered muscles and joints from strain, it should mean even longer stints at the telly without those dreaded cramps. Sadly, it does nothing for square eyes.

Bigben PlayStation 4 Carrying Case (£35.87)

Bigben PlayStation 4 Carrying Case (£35.87)

There are surprisingly few options out there for transporting your PS4 safely between locations, but the Bigben Carrying Case is a solid choice. Its compact design can fit both your console and its all-important cabling, as well as two DualShock 4 controllers, two games and even the PlayStation 4 camera. Talk about smart luggage.

ETTG T905 PS4 HD LCD Monitor (£199.79)

ETTG T905 PS4 HD LCD Monitor (£199.79)

This cunning device will put an end to fights over the TV screen. ETTG’s PS4 Monitor attaches to the back of your PS4 and renders your games in small but beautiful HD, wherever you are.

If you’re in the habit of carting your console about a lot, then the screen can be folded down neatly for quick transport between rooms of the house.

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Numskull Original PlayStation Christmas Jumper (£34.99)

Numskull Original PlayStation Christmas Jumper (£34.99)

What kind of festive get-together doesn’t involve showing up in a tacky Christmas jumper? The kind you don’t want to go to, of course.

Dress to impress with this PlayStation patterned pullover.

 It’s emblazoned with Sony’s signature shape symbols, D-pads and Start/Select buttons, so there’s no escaping the fact you bleed PlayStation. But hey, it’s still festive, right?

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Official Sony PlayStation Games Coasters (£9.99)

Official Sony PlayStation Games Coasters (£9.99)

Gran Turismo. Destruction Derby. WipEout. Parappa the Rapper. Easily four of the greatest games from the early years of PlayStation. How better to memorialise them than with a set of jewel case drinks coasters?



Each one looks exactly like a PS1 game box, but won’t melt when you slap a cupper down on it. There’s a felt base on the bottom to stop them skidding around your coffee table and – here’s the best bit – they’re only a tenner. Stocking-fillers sorted.

Mad Catz Street Fighter V TE2+ Arcade Stick (£179.99)

Mad Catz Street Fighter V TE2+ Arcade Stick (£179.99)

No self-respecting fighting game fan should be stuck playing on a joypad. True tap-to-smack gamers know it’s all about the arcade stick.

Mad Catz uses the same parts you’ll find in the Japanese arcades, which means chunky buttons and a ball-top joystick that’ll have you throwing fireballs in no time.

 It’s not just good for Street Fighter, either: the PS4 is brimming with quality beat-em-ups, so you’ll get plenty of use out of it.

Gamer Soaps (£12.99)

Gamer Soaps (£12.99)

Prank your pals into cleanliness with these full-size soapy replicas of your favourite gaming controllers.

"Oh, Frank", they’ll say, "you and your passion for purchasing soap reconstructions of everyday objects."

Still, having a citrus-scented DualShock 4 mock-up has to be better than that time with the fake toothbrush.

Destiny Ghost Plushie (US$29.99)

Destiny Ghost Plushie (US$29.99)

You’re never too old for cuddly toys – especially when they’re cutesy versions of your Guardian’s trusty computerised companion.

Destiny‘s omnipresent Ghost brings you back from the brink of death at the start of this year’s sci-fi sequel, so the least you can do is give this adorable soft-stuffed replica a home in your Tower. Or house.

Please note: does not actually float. Or light up. It’s a plushie, duh.

PlayStation VR (£349.99)

PlayStation VR (£349.99)

The kids are tearing into their presents. Dad is slaving away over a turkey. Mum is FaceTiming all those relatives you only speak to once a year. Escape the Christmas Day drama by jumping into a world of virtual reality.



You’ve probably already got a PS4 sat under the telly, so this is a far cheaper VR solution than shelling out £1k on a gaming PC that can handle HTC’s Vive. Better still, Sony’s headset has a pretty decent games line-up, including the superb Resident Evil 7 and the new Skyrim VR – so there’s easily enough to keep you busy until the Brussel sprouts are served.

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