Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 12 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 Sharma is calling for a Fallout 4 marathon, 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.

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset (₹9,999)

Sick of that sore skull after a night-long Black Ops III 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.

There is a discount of 14% on Amazon India right now, reducing the cost to 8,558 at the time of writing.

Buy HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset from here

Thrustmaster T80 RS Racing Wheel ₹13,010

An analogue gamepad might suffice when swerving past the cops in GTA V, but serious driving games warrant a more substantial controller.

Gift a rubber-burning gamer the T80 RS for a festive force feedback treat. A wheel of sterling quality, this steering comes with adjustable pedals and is covered in super-grip leather for that authentic automobile experience. 

Buy the Thrustmaster T80 RS Racing Wheel from here

DualShock 4 Skins (from ₹1,000)

You could just get another 'normal' controller. Sony makes them in white, red, blue, "Urban Camouflage" and PS1 grey. But true PS4 fans need a fully custom fragging skins.

There are plenty of pre-made options available on Amazon to make every inch of your new DualShock 4 look kickass.

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Samsung Momentus SpinPoint 2TB Internal Hard Drive (₹10,320)

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.

Samsung'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.

Buy Samsung Momentus SpinPoint 2TB Internal Hard Drive from here

Squidgrip (₹2,039)

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.

Buy Squidgrip from here

Kootek PS4 Vertical Stand with Cooling Fan (₹1,699)

The PS4's modestly sized chassis 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.

Buy Kootek PS4 Vertical Stand with Cooling Fan from here

Hackey Leatherette Beanbag Chair (₹2,696)

Not all furniture are born equal. Unless you're blessed with an comfortably caressing corner sofa, you should probably consider something new for your gaming perch.

This beanbag chair is shaped like a chair: with back and neck designed to protect your withered muscles and joints from strain, it should mean even longer stints at the telly without those dreaded cramps. It has a handy pocket on the side for keeping your controller or a gaming CD case.

There is a discounted price of ₹2,499 (with beans) at the time of writing.

Buy Hackey Leatherette Beanbag Chair from here

RDS Industries PlayStation 4 System Case (₹5,839)

There are surprisingly few options out there for transporting your PS4 safely between locations, but RDS Industries System 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.

There is a discounted price of ₹5,009 on Amazon India at the time of writing.

RDS Industries PlayStation 4 System Case from here

Mad Catz Street Fighter V Fight Pad Pro (₹5,410)

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

Mad Catz pulled out a controller you'll find in the Japanese arcades, which means chunky buttons and a ball-top joystick feeling through an analogue stick 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.

Buy the Mad Catz Street Fighter Fight Pad Pro from here

Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 (₹4,990)

Anyone who owns a PlayStation will know that you get only one controller in the box. Quite annoying if you have friends or family joining you for a multiplayer skirmish on the couch.

And even if your loved one already owns two controllers, adding another one to their arsenal will make them jump with joy.

Buy the DualShock 4 from here

Turtle Beach Stealth 400 Wireless Gaming Headset (₹8,975)

These are arguably the best pair of cans any self-respecting PlayStation fan can wrap around their ears. Four EQ Presets should keep every explosion in-sycn with those elaborate graphics.

Better still, they're fully wireless, so you can rage around the living room without yanking the PS4 as you do so. Pair with your smartphone and you can even take calls from your Nan whilst you're murdering zombies.

Buy the Turtle Beach Stealth 400 Wireless Gaming Headset from here

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Special Edition (₹7,490)

It's no surprise that your loved one would already own this highly rated title. Infact it sits on top of Stuff India's top 10 videogames list.

So why give this game another shot? Chances are they might not own the special edition which comes packed with goodies such as 48 page hardcover mini artbook, naughty dog sticker sheet and multiplayer bonuses along with the game. All wrapped in a collectors steelbook. Sweet!

And if you hurry up, you might get the discounted price of ₹3,950 from Amazon India which we found during the time of writing.

Buy the Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Special Edition from here