Christmas Gift Guide 2017: 13 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.

PLAYSTATION VR (₹41,990)

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 ₹1 lac 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.

Buy the PlayStation VR here from Amazon India

Kratos poster (₹399)

Any PlayStation fanboy is already rubbing their mitts for the upcoming God of War game. 

Even a rival Xbox or PC gamer can tell who Kratos is from a minimalistic poster like this one. It bears the distinctive red tattoo mark, those forever angry eyes, somewhat outdated goatee and our favorite - the Blades of Chaos.

Buy the God of War poster here from Amazon India

Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 2.5in Internal Hard Drive (₹5,757)

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.

Buy the Seagate BarraCuda 2TB here from Amazon India

Numskull Tower & Dual Charger (₹7,088)

Your game disks shouldn't be lying around the house waiting for your little cousin to accidentally faceplant on it.

Stack them up neatly inside the Numskull Tower and dock your controllers on the top for some easy juice. Up to 10 of your games will sit neatly inside and away from wobbly cousins.

Buy the Numskull Tower here from Amazon India

STEELSERIES ARCTIS 7 (₹11,642)

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. 

Buy the Steelseries Arctis 7 here from Amazon India

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

Cool cans

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

What to play

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.

Buy custom PS4 controller skins 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

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