The holiday season is fast approaching, and Aussie holidays mean BBQs at the park and baking on the beach before escaping the heat by chilling indoors with the air-con blasting and a controller in hand.
Whether you’re getting started on crafting your own wish list of epic holiday gifts or about to embark on shopping adventures for the perfect gifts for friends and family members, there’s never been a bigger or more exciting array of PlayStation®5 consoles, accessories and epic gaming experiences to stick under the tree. With that in mind, we’ve put together what we reckon is the definitive list of PS5 holiday gift ideas to suit just about everyone. Take a look:
There are few added accessories as essential to a great console experience as a second (or third, or fourth) controller. Whether it’s getting friends and family involved in the latest split-screen experience or just having a spare on standby for those all-night gaming binge sessions, an extra DualSense wireless controller is always a smart gift idea.
Better yet, the DualSense comes in a ton of gorgeous-looking colourways, from the classic Midnight Black or bold Starlight Blue to the just-launched Cobalt Blue and Volcanic Red with their alluring metallic shells inspired by the powerful hues found in the depths of our planet.
The PS5 DualSense wireless controller is available now starting at $109.95 RRP.
DualSense Edge wireless controller
Of course, if you or a loved one are truly serious about your gaming, then the DualSense Edge wireless controller is the perfect upgrade. Packing pro-level features including mappable back buttons, changeable stick caps and modules, personalised profiles with quick access buttons and signature DualSense comfort in a cutting-edge design it’s the only official PS5 high performance controller and a must-have for anything from high-skill tournaments to epic single player action adventures.
PULSE 3D™wireless headset and PULSE Explore wireless earbuds
Arguably just as important as the controller you play with or the display you play on is your PS5 audio experience. Luckily, PlayStation has you covered with a number of feature-rich options to suit any budget.
The PULSE 3D wireless headset offers an affordable entry point to an immersive 3D audio experience, fine-tuned specifically for the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech to produce incredible soundscapes in epic PlayStation titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and God of War Ragnarok, and also packs dual microphones, easy access controls and up to 12 hours of play from its built-in rechargeable battery.
The PS5 PULSE 3D Wireless Headset is available now for $159.95 RRP.
Launching just before the gifting season are the brand-new PULSE Explore™ wireless earbuds, offering a top-notch PS5 audio experience in the first official PlayStation earbuds. Planar magnetic drivers combined with new ultra-low latency PlayStation Link technology, AI-enhanced noise rejection and multi-device connectivity make these a no-brainer for anyone looking for a comfortable and versatile wireless PS5 audio solution.
The PS5 PULSE Explore Wireless Earbuds launch on December 6th for $329.95 RRP.
The Access™ Controller
Also launching just before the holiday gifting season, the Access controller is a brand-new way for gamers with disabilities or accessibility concerns to be a part of the fun on PS5, making it a genuinely special consideration for anyone in your life that experiences physical barriers to gaming.
The Access controller is a highly customisable controller kit designed to help players with disabilities play games more comfortably, for longer. It allows users to fully customise the physical layout with swappable analogue stick and buttons caps, adjust the length of its extension arm, fit onto tabletops, wheelchairs trays, AMPS mounts or tripods in any 360° orientation, create and swap between multiple profiles at the touch of a button and fully adjust stick settings from direction calibration to sensitivity.
It’s also able to interface with third party devices through industry-standard 3.5.mm expansion ports, or add on a second Access controller or even a DualSense wireless controller to augment the setup to individual needs.
The PS5 Access Controller launches on December 6th for $139.95 RRP.
Arguably the biggest game on PS5 right now, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 takes players on an incredible superhero adventure in a gorgeous rendition of New York City made possible by the power of PS5 and its ultra-fast SSD. Swing through the streets at breakneck speeds as both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, and face down some of the most iconic and fearsome villains of all time.
God of War Ragnarök
The holidays are all about family, and few games exemplify the lengths we’ll go to for our loved ones like God of War Ragnarök. Kratos’ latest journey will take him to all corners of multiple beautiful and diverse fantasy realms as he and his son, Atreus, tackle shocking prophecies, cunning old gods and all manner of deadly mythical creatures.
Final Fantasy XVI
You don’t need to be a Final Fantasy fan to get into Final Fantasy XVI, an all-new RPG epic set in the world of Valisthea and following a band of heroes working together against great evil. Stunning visuals, fast-paced combat and some of the most epic boss battles gaming has ever seen await players who take up the sword as Clive Rosfield in this unmissable adventure.
Horizon Forbidden West
Aloy’s second outing takes her to an even bigger slice of post-apocalyptic USA as she faces down both human threats and terrifying machines while uncovering the secrets of this bold new world. The PS5 version of the game boasts even more incredible visuals as well as the option to dive into the exclusive Burning Shores expansion for even more adventures.
The Last of Us Part I
Whether you’re shopping for a longtime fan or someone who’s just gotten into the franchise via the excellent HBO series, The Last of Us Part I is a must-play on PS5. With visuals rebuilt from the ground up for the power of the PS5 it’s the best way to experience the original story of Joel and Ellie.
Gran Turismo 7
For the car nut in your life, Gran Turismo 7 is the ultimate racing simulator boasting painstakingly-detailed recreations of hundreds of real-world cars, dozens of tracks and events and plenty of car culture-centric extra features. There’s never been a better time to get into gear either with plenty of added post-launch content and updates including four-player split screen multiplayer – perfect for gathering around the telly this holiday season.
An Instant Library With PlayStation Plus Extra
What’s better than finding a brand-new PlayStation game under the tree these holidays? Finding hundreds of them! A PlayStation Plus Extra subscription gives players access to an enormous catalogue of fantastic games across PS5 and PS4, from epic adventures to chaotic party games, deep strategy time sinks and larger-than-life sports sims, along with added benefits like bonus monthly games, exclusive discounts and of course online multiplayer.
Go all-out on a PlayStation Plus Deluxe subscription and you’ll also get access to a curated library of PlayStation Classics including games from the PS1, PS2 and PSP – perfect for the older gamer in your life who spent way too much time playing Ape Escape or Syphon Filter back in the day.
PlayStation Store Gift Cards
You can purchase PlayStation Plus Essential, Extra or Deluxe directly through a PlayStation account using an attached payment method or send someone a PlayStation Store Gift Card to top up and subscribe.
Better yet, PlayStation Gift Cards can be used for everything else from purchasing games, to in-game content and expansions, subscriptions and more, making them an easy and versatile gift option for anyone that has a PS5. They’re available in a number of denominations too, from just $10 all the way up to $135.
A Whole New World In VR
The ultimate add-on for any PS5 owner, the PlayStation®VR2 transports players to the most immersive and impressive console VR experience yet. High-resolution OLED displays, intuitive eye tracking, cutting-edge Sense wireless controllers and astonishing game experiences combine to create something truly beyond belief and a gift that’ll be absolutely unforgettable.
The PlayStation VR2 is available standalone for $879.95 RRP in a bundle with Horizon Call of the Mountain for $959.95 RRP.