As we enter a new generation of console systems, it’s no surprise that the PlayStation 4 is one of the most popular ‘must have items’ in the world. Within weeks of launch it has sold more copies than the Xbox One and is quickly expected to surpass the Wii U’s lifetime sales this year.
With that said, if you plan to buy the PS4, you should consider buying some accessories and certain games for it. The console alone is great and there are plenty of apps, but one of the biggest reasons to buy a PlayStation 4 is for the incredible games and the PS4 accessories that help to enhance your gaming experience.
What should I buy when getting a PS4?
It doesn’t matter if you receive the PlayStation 4 as a gift, buy it for yourself or are getting if for someone special. In every console generation there are certain items that add to the overall experience of gaming. The difference between having to charge the DualShock 4 via USB or a charging station can make a huge difference in the next few years. One reason being is the charging station provides much better convenience.
Buying a quality headset means you don’t have to deal with the cheap headphones that comes with the PS4. This means better chat during multiplayer games and better sound quality during gameplay. You can still have a great time when using your PS4 but having the right games and accessories can lead to a much more enjoyable time. Below is a list of what to buy when getting a PS4 in order to get a lot more out of the new gaming console.
Though extra accessories are not required for most PS4 functions, having them will make your gameplay experience much better. You have several different types of accessories to choose from. You can choose to purchase extra controllers, the PS4 Camera, PS Move, and a gaming headset for your PlayStation 4. Some of these accessories are more worthwhile to have than others, but that decision is up to you.
Get an extra DualShock 4 controller
The DualShock 4 controller is the newest PlayStation Controller developed for the PS4. It has several new features that make it the best new game controller out. Features like the touchpad, built-in speaker and advanced motion detection via the light bar puts the DualShock 4 ahead of the curve.
The big question is: Do you need a second controller? If you play a lot of multiplayer games with friends at your home, then yes you do. If you are buying the PS4 as a gift for your child or someone else, an extra controller would be ideal to have on hand when friends and family come over. However, if you mostly game by yourself, you do not need to grab a second DualShock 4 controller.
PlayStation 4 Camera
To make use of the pre-installed PlayRoom and a PS4 game like Just Dance 2014, you must have a PlayStation 4 Camera. There, you can complete several activities using the camera and the controllers. The PlayRoom includes a few games to play, like hockey and some games with the AR Bots. The other big feature of the camera is that it will sign you in to PSN (PlayStation Network) when it recognizes you. This is a helpful and neat feature, but not a game changer (the Xbox One does this too).
Where the PlayStation 4 Camera is a must is if you plan on doing broadcasting when live streaming. The PS4 includes a new feature that allows you to stream your gameplay live to other viewers. This is done with the help of the Share button located on the DualShock 4 controller. Where the PS4 Camera comes into play is if you plan on broadcasting yourself for all to see. Think of it as video chat.
Overall, the PlayStation 4 Camera does not have a whole lot of function yet outside of the Playroom, broadcasting and motion games like Just Dance 2014. This accessory is one that might be worth waiting to buy, unless you really feel you need it or if you have PlayStation Move.
PlayStation Move was designed to work with both the PS3 and PS4. The new PlayStation 4 Camera offers improved tracking and greater precision for the Move wand. At the moment though, there is not much you can do with the PS Move. The PSN game Flower is compatible with Move, and a few other games are, but the PS4 as of yet does not have a large enough selection. Right now, unless you already have Move, you should wait.
Later in Q1 and Q2 of 2014 should see more games for the PS4 released, especially ones with Move compatibility.
Buy a good gaming headset
If you plan on purchasing any PS4 games for their online multiplayer capabilities, a PS4 compatible headset is a necessity. Using the headset, you will be able to chat with other online players and hear them while you are playing.
Many players who love the online multiplayer portion of games will enjoy having a good gaming headset. The keyword here is “good.” A good headset will cost a little more, probably in the $30 to $60 range. An even better headset will cost significantly more. The wireless headsets could cost as much as $250, but they are the ultimate gaming headsets.
Make sure to buy a charger for the DualShock 4 controllers
The DualShock 4 controllers do not take batteries. They have a rechargeable battery inside that cannot be removed. This means that you must charge your controllers from time to time. If you are a heavy gamer this could present a problem. The DualShock 4 controller’s battery life is not that great. Even if you don’t play a lot, the battery charge doesn’t last too long.
You can just charge each controller with the included USB cable, but this becomes a challenge if you have two controllers that both need to be charged. This is where a charging base or dual charging station comes in handy.
Power A offers a DualShock 4 charging station, which can be purchased almost anywhere. It has great reviews and is very much worth the money. This is one accessory that you do want to have as DualShock 4 controllers require constant recharging.
The games that you choose for your new PlayStation 4 depends on the type of games you like or the age of the person you are shopping for. Though the selection of PS4 games is limited at the time of writing this, there are still good choices for almost any age and type of gamer. And the PlayStation 4 has some incredible games coming up in 2014 that you need to see to believe.
In addition to the games you can purchase in store currently, you can also buy games on the PlayStation Network, some of which are free if you have a PlayStation Plus membership.
Teens and adults who are fans of action/adventure first person shooters will enjoy Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Killzone: Shadow Fall. Each of these games are rated for a mature audience and are violent and have strong language in the game. Both Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts offer impressive multiplayer campaigns that come very close to rivaling the PC versions of the games. Killzone: Shadow Fall also offers online multiplayer campaigns and expansion packs that you can purchase.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag also falls into the action/adventure category. Those who are fans of open world games, sword fighting, missions, and stealth play will really enjoy this game. If you love Pirates, then get Assassin’s Creed 4!
For younger players, there are action/adventure options too. Kids will love to see their favorite Marvel super heroes as Lego characters in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. The game is rated E for everyone, which means it is safe for all ages to play. Knack is another game for a younger audience. It is rated E 10+, which means it is recommended for kids 10 and older. Kids will love playing as Knack to help save the world from the goblin army. Just be aware that even on the normal difficulty setting, the game can be challenging.
Fighting games and MMO’s for PS4
Two fighting games are available that are rated T for Teens. These two games are Injustice: Gods Among Us and DC Universe Online. In both of them, you can fight your characters against others, but DC Universe Online is a MMORPG. Both of these games will appeal to teens or those who are big fans of DC Comics.
DC Universe Online is a free to play game. This means you can download the game and play it for free. No game purchase and no subscription. The game does have microtransactions so if you want certain features or items, you might have to pay for it.
PlayStation 4 Sports games
Many of the launch titles for the PS4 would satisfy sports game fans. You have the choice of NBA 2K14, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and NBA Live 14. Each of these sports games offer real players and teams for you to play as. The graphics are impressive, as one reviewer on Amazon put it, you could see the sweat on the players’ skin during the course of the game in NBA 2K14. These games would appeal to mostly sports fans, but teens would also love the intense sports action.
If you do choose one sports game, make it NBA 2K14 as this game is truly impressive.
Racing games on PS4
Only one racing game was released thus far for the PS4. Need for Speed Rivals is rated for Everyone 10+. Teens and tween boys are the target market for this game, but many girls, and adults of either gender will appreciate this game. The graphics are excellent and the changing weather is impressive. In addition to all this, the different game modes will keep players interested for weeks to come.
For those of you looking for a more realistic racing game, the PlayStation 4 exclusive DriveClub will be releasing in March of 2014.
Family games for PlayStation 4
Included in the launch titles were two games that are fit for the whole family to take turns playing. Angry Birds: Star Wars is a fan favorite. Players of all ages will find beating the levels addictive and challenging. The other family game is Just Dance 2014 which if you remember requires the PlayStation Camera to work. This game features more than 40 hot tracks for you to dance to or challenge others to a dance off with.
As you can see, there are many different games and accessories that you can buy with the PlayStation 4. What to buy when getting a PS4 depends on the person you are shopping for and what they like as far as gaming goes. Even if you are buying for the whole family, there are still many games and accessories that everyone can enjoy. It’s the simplest thing like a charging station, a certain game or a headset that can make a huge difference when getting a PlayStation 4.