It’s getting cold, the shops are rammed, and the radio is playing all the same songs – it must be Christmas. However you celebrate the holidays, we’re here to offer you some buying advice on all three of the major consoles. Whether you’re looking to buy one for a loved one, or you want a good idea of what to buy for your shiny new console, read on! This article is bought to you by our sister site DealsfromAtoZ.co.uk.
Both will run all PS4 games, stream media or play your Blu-Rays, but the Pro is the only option for 4K content. That said, it doesn’t play 4K Blu-Rays, so that may be something for you to consider.
Plenty of bundles will include a game or two, and some offer increased storage space too.
On the subject of storage, the PlayStation 4 supports any USB 3.0 hard drive up to a whopping 8TB. If you own a lot of games, it might be a good idea to plug one in – you may find it cheaper than buying a larger capacity console to begin with.
If you’re planning some Christmas day multiplayer, you’ll want to invest in a spare controller. I’m particularly fond of the bright orange “Goku” style one, and luckily these are rechargeable – so no batteries required.
Those that are looking to play online will want to grab a PlayStation Plus membership which works out at around £5 per month. You’ll also get exclusive deals and free games every month.
One thing PlayStation has that neither of its competitors does is VR functionality. PlayStation VR comes in bundles with various games, but the price has come down considerably – perfect considering the wealth of titles now available such as “VR Game of the Year” winner Astrobot: Rescue Mission.
The PlayStation 4 has one of the greatest libraries in history, so here are a few to get you started.
God Of War – “Game of the Year” winner this year, God of War is an incredible journey through a rich world with excellent combat mechanics and a touching story.
Marvel’s Spider-Man – The best superhero game ever made, Spider-Man also tells one of the best stories in the character’s history.
Detroit: Become Human – An adventure game set in an age of androids, Detroit tells a multi-faceted story where your actions change the course of the game in both minor and major ways.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Experience the story of Arthur Morgan, trusted lieutenant in the Van Der Linde gang in a world that is running out of time for outlaws.
Ones You May Have Missed
While all of the above came out in 2018, there’s still plenty to play besides the bigger names.
Overcooked 2 – Chaotic family fun and the perfect excuse for a second controller, battle the elements, wild animals, and your partner to cook and serve meals as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Spyro: Reignited Trilogy/Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy – A double dose of nostalgia perfect for introducing the kids to gaming, or just re-discovering some old favourites.
Persona 5 – One of the greatest RPGs ever made, Persona 5 is dripping with Shibuya style. Everything from its soundtrack to its visuals screams “cool”.
PlayStation Now – Formerly Sony’s service for streaming games, not only has the library now grown significantly but it now allows some games to be downloaded to the console.
Consider this your PlayStation 4 starter kit, but there’s still plenty to play.
For those that already have them, what are you playing on your PlayStation 4? Are you invested in VR? If you’re hoping to pick one up, do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments below!