2021 marks the first-year anniversary of the PlayStation 5, Sony's newest and most powerful gaming console yet. Arriving in November 2020, the console was enhanced by its backwards compatibility with the award-winning PlayStation 4 library and a few next-gen games such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls. Since then, the library has continued to grow with PS5 console-exclusive games such as Deathloop, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal. If you're shopping for someone who already has one of the highly sought-after PS5 consoles--or you still plan to get them one--there's no shortage of accessories, games, and merchandise that you can purchase to go along with that hardware. We've rounded up the best PS5 and PS4 gifts for 2021. Many of the games featured in this roundup have PS4 versions as well, so you can shop for all of the PlayStation fans in your life.
Starting with games, let's take a look at some of the notable 2021 releases that PlayStation users might like to see under the tree this year.
2021 PlayStation games
For more PlayStation gift ideas, see our guides to the best PS5 gaming headsets, the best 4K TVs for next-gen gaming, and our PS5 restock guide to see when the console is available for purchase from major retailers.
The latest console to bear the PlayStation brand and legacy, the PlayStation 5 has been a sought-after item since its launch in November 2020. Arriving with several great games such as Demon's Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, the PS5 also has a number of other interesting features in the hardware department. For starters, its unique design gives it a next-gen look that stands apart from anything else on the market, and games load at lightning-fast speeds thanks to its solid-state drive.
While games naturally look breathtaking on it, how those titles feel when you play them is nothing short of amazing thanks to the DualSense controller. Even better, the PS5 is backwards compatible with almost every single game released on the PlayStation 4 console, all of which adds up to create a system which has a massive library of games ready to play at any given moment.
*It remains extremely challenging to find a PS5. Restocks sell out almost instantly. Make sure to bookmark and visit our PS5 restock tracker. Consoles will be available next week for Black Friday.
Depending on how you consume games, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console might suit your tastes better. The most obvious difference here from its big brother console is the exclusion of the disc drive, leading to a more sleek and svelte design. This means that you'll only be able to buy your games digitally, usually from the PlayStation Store or by adding funds to your account gift cards from online retailers such as Amazon.
Otherwise, the console is exactly the same as the more expensive PS5. It has the same SSD, the same hardware powering its games, and the same capacity for streaming movies and TV series. If you're fine with adopting a digital lifestyle, then this version of the PS5 is worth looking at.
*It also remains hard to find a PS5 Digital. Just like the PS5, PS5 Digital restocks sell out fast, but it will be restocked during Black Friday as well.
Sony's DualSense controller is a marvel of haptic feedback and attractive design. Replacing the DualShock controller that came with several generations of PlayStation consoles, the DualSense packs adaptive triggers, incredibly-precise rumble motors, and a handy touchpad into a classy frame that feels feels reassuringly hefty in your hands. If you don't like the standard white color scheme, the good news is that the DualSense is also available in
If you're planning to buy someone in your family or social circle a PlayStation-related gift, you can't go wrong with a gift card that's loaded with funds. Not only does that take pressure off of you, but you won't have to worry about accidentally buying a game that the recipient already owns. Perfect for either PS5 console, you'll be able to grab a gift card that has a minimum of $10 loaded onto it and maxes out at $100.
Gaming is more social than ever, but you're going to need a PlayStation Plus subscription to access multiplayer lobbies. The big benefit of PS Plus is that you get more than just online access to games, as you'll be able to add to your gaming library with a rotating selection of monthly games, a selection of greatest hits from the PS Plus Collection, exclusive discounts, and cloud saves.
Another great way to play games digitally and without having to wait for a download to complete, is through the PlayStation Now on-demand service. With a robust library that's being constantly updated, a subscription to PlayStation Now will allow you to start streaming content through your console. You'll need a decent internet connection to get the best out of PlayStation Now, but the service has proven to be a reliable method for accessing new games when you don't feel like venturing outside to pick up those interactive titles.
Just like the PS5 console, the official wireless PlayStation Pulse headset is a device that boasts a next-gen design and sophisticated styling. Internally, it's also a wireless headset with audio offerings that punch above its weight, lightweight construction, plush cups to cradle your ears in, and a solid battery life.
One of the biggest draws of the PS4 made during its lifetime was its focus on giving users the tools to share their gaming experiences, and with the PS5, those utilities have continued to evolve. For the streamer in your life that you want to spoil, the PS5 HD camera is a superb low-cost device that can help them broadcast their face to the world easily and effortlessly. Featuring dual lenses for 1080p capture and a built-in stand, the camera also has tools for removing backgrounds and works as a handy plug 'n play device.
As advanced as the SSD is in the PS5, there's no escaping the fact that it fills up with space pretty quickly thanks to the high demands of modern games. Fortunately you can expand on that available storage space with a PS5-ready NVMe SSD drive, with Western Digital's 1TB model having the heatsink necessary to ensure that it doesn't overheat during the middle of some intense competition.
The world needs to know that you own both a PS5 console and an officially-branded travel mug, and the Paladone PlayStation travel mug checks all of those boxes. Designed to mimic the aesthetics of the PS5, Paladone's next-gen liquid delivery container also has PlayStation's iconic quartet of symbols engraved into it, and can provide up to 450ml of refreshment when filled to the brim. A fun gift for the PlayStation fan in your life, it's a charming and elegant way to stay hydrated.
What better way to show off your passion for PlayStation than to do so with a branded and ostentatious mug that features a DualShock controller as a handle? Besides the fact that it's a stylish mug to help show off your superior taste in caffeine delivery systems, the mug also features cutting-edge liquid retention technology and can hold a piping hot dosage of caffeine.
The perfect accessory to go with your PS5 console, just try to make certain that its not too close to the device when it's topped up.
Illuminate your life with the PlayStation icons light, a symbol of classic console gaming iconography that used to be the norm for DVD rental stores before they were all crushed by Netflix. Powered by a USB connection or batteries, it has three different light modes with standard lighting, music reactive, and special effect color phasing. Instantly recognizable, it's a great way to shine a light on your love for PlayStation.
Sony has come a long way since it launched the original PlayStation, but if you're looking for a time capsule back to the 1990s, the PlayStation Classic mini-console is ready to take you back down memory lane. A tiny replica of the original console, it comes pre-loaded with classic games such as Metal Gear Solid, Tekken 3, and much more. Two controllers are included and HDMI support means that these games will look crisp on your TV.
Venture into the horrifying world of From Software's PS4 classic with this board game, as players will embark on a hunt for upgrades, delve deep into the chalice dungeon, and face multiple bosses along the way. For the tabletop gaming fan in your life who carries a torch for this game and its developer, it's one way to help them extend that passion for the Bloodborne universe.
The DualSense controller is pure immersion thanks to its next-gen haptic feedback features, but all of those hand-shaking extras will quickly eat up any battery power stored in the peripheral. A recharge is inevitable, but this controller station allows you to always keep an extra DualSense on standby while you switch to a freshly-charged substitute. Think of it as a plug and play some more relay race, as you switch between your controllers and continue your marathon gaming session.
There's a universal law that states that the second a fictional character comes into existence, a Funko Pop replica of it will appear. The collectible toy manufacturer has produced hundreds of these big-headed figures over the years, and a large part of its catalog features PlayStation characters given a Funko makeover. Chances are high that a gamer in your life owns at least one of these, and as a quick and easy stocking-stuffer, Funko Pops make for cute and thoughtful gifts.
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