Despite being launched in 2013 (is it really that old) the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) is still on everyone’s wishlist when it comes to gaming consoles. Now more than ever with the newly released PS4 Pro.
However, as with many gaming consoles getting the console itself is never enough. Instead, there’s a number of accessories and add-on items that are going to have a huge impact on the level of play. If you’ve little to no experience of buying these kinds of products then the market can seem extremely overwhelming.
For that reason, I’ve put together a list of what in our opinion are the must-have PS4 accessories for any PS4 console owner.
PS4 games are an essential when purchasing a PS4 console. The console alone won’t come with a game. However, you’ll find many retailers putting together promotional bundles for the console alongside some of the latest releases / most popular games.
Some of our favourite family-friendly games for the PS4 include;
Overcooked is a chaotic couch co-op cooking game for one to four players.
Crash Bandicoot was one of my favourite games in the early 90’s to play on my PlayStation 1. Decades later it’s still a cult-classic and now, it’s been remastered for the PS4.
Monopoly is here for a new era!
Play the classic game and watch the board come to life! A full 3D city at the centre of the board lives and evolves as you play. Play the way you want, change the rules and adapt them to your playing style.
If you love your board games then consider paying a little extra and getting the full Hasbro Family Fun Pack game for the PS4. It includes games such as Monopoly, Risk and Boggle.
If more than one person is likely to be playing the PlayStation at one time then an additional controller is likely to save an abundance of arguments.
There’s a variety of different PS4 controllers you can get. They include non-official ones by off branded companies and personalised ones designed specifically for the promotion of the game.
Once again to save on arguments I’d just look at picking up the standard black Sony PS4 wireless controller.
An off-brand maybe cheaper but the quality isn’t nearly as good. Whereas a personalised one for the promotion of a game is likely to cost more due to its custom design.
Depending on whether the PS4 console is going to be used by one particular individual or the family you might consider getting a headset.
This is ideal for surround sound atmosphere for one player. Some headsets come with microphones built in to allow online chatter during gameplay. The most common and popular brand of console headsets has to be Turtle beach. They have a range of headsets starting from £20 right up to £100.
PlayStation Plus is an online network allows you to play some games online against/with other players from around the world.
Purchase of a PlayStation Plus subscription comes in various forms including 3, 6 or 12 months. As with most subscriptions, it’s cheapest to buy for the entire year. Check out the video below to learn more about the benefits of a PlayStation Plus subscription.
PlayStation Plus provides users with access to the internet. Allowing them to communicate with people from around the world. So if you’re unhappy with your child playing online then this is something to consider prior to purchasing.
There are some detailed instructions on how to set up parental controls for the PlayStation 4 should you wish to do so.
Controller Dock / Charger
As a family who owns two PlayStation controllers and plays on the PlayStation almost daily. Something we couldn’t live without is a Playstation controller dock/charger.
This helps to keep the controllers fully charged, and ready to play as soon as we need them. It’s also a great dock, keeping the controllers and entire console area neat and tidy. The dock plugs into the mains and charges the controllers direct from there – so you don’t need the console turned on to charge.
If you’re wanting to get ‘next level’ organised when it comes to the gaming zone. Then consider purchasing this official Sony PS4 games tower and duel controller dock.
As always we would love to know your must have PS4 accessories. Is there anything we’ve missed? a game you love to play as a family? let us know in the comments below!