Buying Guide: PlayStation 3 accessories for Christmas
Nothing pleases gamers more than being given something to help them get more from their plastic pride and joy.
To help out with what to pick, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best PS3 gifts that are guarantee to be warmly received.
There’s a lot more to the PS3 than just games, of course, so we’ve got PS3 accessories to make the most of the PlayStation’s web capabilities, media and Blu-ray capabilities, too. There’s something for just about everyone available below.
1. PlayStation Move Starter Pack
In TechRadar’s PlayStation Move review, we were highly impressed by Sony’s new motion sensing controller. Grabbing someone a Move Starter Pack is a great way to introduce motion gaming, though you can also get deals that bundle a Starter Pack with a game such as Sports Champions for around £70.
2. Controller Real Triggers
Speaking of improved triggers… Anyone sick of slipping off the convex analogue ones on their PS3 controller will be grateful for these add-ons. They make the R2/L2 triggers concave and they’ll stick out more, so will be much easier to press with precision.
3. Driving Force GT
It’s been a long old wait for Gran Turismo 5, but the game has finally hit store shelves. Any serious driving sim fan will know that the only way to play is with a racing wheel, and this Gran Turismo-branded wheel is just the ticket.
Featuring force feedback, accelerate and brake pedals, a sequential gear shift lever and an adjustment dial for control over all the finer options in your car, you’ll know the only reason for poor performance in races is between the sofa and the wheel.
4. Vantage Bluetooth Headset
With its adjustable noise-cancelling microphone and comfortable design, the Bluetooth Headset combines crystal-clear sound and a comfortable design with a solid 12 hours of use from its rechargeable battery.
5. Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops PrecisionAim controller
At this point, it’s difficult to not know at least one person feverishly enjoying the latest Call of Duty game. This Black Ops licensed gaming pad features PrecisionAim analogue sticks with on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments, lag-free 2.4GHz wireless communication, rubber grips (for better sticking to the hand in the throes of a frantic match’s climax) and improved triggers.
6. Official Sony Blu-ray Remote Control
One of the best things about the PS3 is that it’s actually a damn good Blu-ray player. However, the standard Dual Shock 3 controller isn’t exactly ideal for media playback. Not to worry: Sony’s remote control enables users to play and fast forward their dics in a more dignified manner.
7. Play TV
Not only does the PS3 contain ample digital storage thanks to its built-in hard drive, but it can be upgraded by the user to even more. Ideal, then, for turning into a Freeview recorder!
Using Play TV, you can watch and record live TV on your PS3. Handily, it actually has two tuners, so you can watch one thing and record another, or even record two things at once. An electronic programme guide makes keeping track of what you want to record easy.
8. Controller Charger
Recharging your PS3 controllers using the supplied USB cable is all well and good, but don’t you want something a little more interesting? Enter controller charger, with its ability to charge two controllers and once and blue accent glow. There are more… subtle options on the market, but some things really are better when they glow (just ask the PS Move designers).
9. Official Sony PS3 Wireless Keypad, £17.99 (£24.99 RRP)
If you’ve ever tried typing a message of any length on any console using just the on-screen keyboard directed by the game pad, we probably don’t need to mention to you how infuriating it is. This add-on for the standard PS3 controller puts a full QWERTY keyboard at the user’s fingertips, without having to put down the controller. Ideal for sending quick messages to friends in between multiplayer rounds.
10. Hori Fighting Stick 3, £39.99 RRP
For a true fighting game fan, then it’s pretty much impossible to look at the authentic arcade-style layout on the Fighting Stick and not come over a bit funny.
There’s no shortage of great fighting games around at the moment, and with Tekken X Street Fighter still to come, we can’t think of a better way to get your Shoryuken on.
11. Logitech Cordless Mediaboard Pro, £38.09 (£49.99 RRP)
When trying do a lot of web browsing on the PS3, the standard controller can be pretty fiddly. Instead, try this keyboard from Logitech, which will have users churning through URLs in no time. Not only that, but with a built-in trackpad for mouse control, it can be used to scan around pages and control services such as iPlayer easily.
12. PSN Card, £20/£50 RRP
Of course, if you want to give someone something to use with the PS3 that doesn’t take up yet more living room space, why not go for a PlayStation Network gift card? You can buy in £20 or £50 denominations, and the recipient can use them to buy games, DLC, movies and anything else that takes their fancy from the PSN store. It’s the gift that keeps on giving (until it runs out).
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