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Buyer's Guide: PlayStation 4


If you're buying a PlayStation 4 then there's plenty of extras you can get to go with it and improve your experience. So here's a look at the essential items for your brand new PlayStation 4.

PlayStation Plus


PlayStation is great for online gaming, to get online and play with friends you'll need a PlayStation Plus subscription. This costs £39.99 for 12 months, £14.99 for 3 months or 1 month for £5.99. The best part is that you're not only getting the ability to play online. PlayStation Plus give you access to a bunch of amazing extras.

You get two free games a month for PlayStation 4 with your subscription. Better yet, if you still own your PlayStation 3 or a PlayStation Vita you'll get another two free games for each. So if you have all three consoles, that's six free games a month! Not bad at all really.

As well as your free games you also get cloud saving and exclusive member discounts on games.

You can also get a 20th Anniversary SteelBook subscription. This includes a 12 month membership, £20 wallet top up and it may include a gold ticket which will bag you an exclusive 20th Anniversary Edition Console.

DualShock 4 Controller


You'll usually only get one controller with your Console. So an extra controller is a given. Luckily you can pick up a number of different DualShock 4 controllers that will help you stand out from the crowd.

There's a few different colour to choose from including: Black, Blue, Red or White. But there's also some limited edition controllers such as the Urban Camouflage controller, available only at GAME. But if you're feeling a little more exotic you can pick up the 20th Anniversary DualShock 4 which is designed to evoke the original PlayStation's design. Or with Star Wars just around the corner, what better to show your love for the Force with the Darth Vader inspired controller.

Gaming Headsets


So with a PlayStation Plus Subscription and an extra controller all you need now to make sure you'll get the best possible experience is a headset. There's a wide selection of headsets you can pick up that'll help enhance your gaming. While most people will just use headsetheadsets

to chat to friends online, you can also use them for single player games to have a truly immersive surround sound experience.

One great headset is the Official Sony Wireless Headset 2.0. It comes in white or black and is designed to match the PlayStation 4 console. It uses a wireless dongle that plugs into your console's USB port. There's also a companion app you download and use to install presets to the headset that are catered for certain genres or games.

Other good headset brands are Turtle Beach, Tritton or Astro who all have a wide selection of different models for use with your PlayStation 4.

Charging Station


There's nothing worse than running out of battery while you're gaming. The best way to alleviate that problem is with a charging station. Many charging stations run off the mains power or through your USB ports so you'll always find a way to connect and charge your controllers even when you're not playing.

So if you've purchased a PlayStation 4 you now know what other items to enhance your experience with your console.

Written by Jon Davison

Published: 14/12/2015

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