With Christmas coming, you might be thinking of finally giving in to temptation and buying yourself or loved one a PlayStation 4. And it's a great time to do so because, with Black Friday week throwing up some great deals, now is the time to buy.
The only issue you might have is being able to choose amongst the myriad of bundles, game packs and even console variants on offer. After all, there are two different types of PS4 on sale these days - the standard PlayStation 4 and the PS4 Pro.
We've been scouring the net looking for the best deals this Black Friday to make sure you get yourself the latest and greatest PlayStation console.
Best PS4 console and bundle deals
Amazon is one of those playing host to big bargains on Black Friday. Here are the best it has so far.
- 12-month PlayStation Plus membership voucher for £36.85 - click here to view this deal
- Click here to view all of Amazon.co.uk's Black Friday games deals
Argos also has plenty of PS4 deals too. Here are some and we expect more to be added closer to the day itself.
- PS4 Slim 500GB with Star Wars Battlefront 2 for £229.99 - click here to view this deal
- PS VR with VR Worlds Mega Starter Bundle (and Skyrim or GT Sport) for £249.99 - see this deal
- Click here to view all Argos.co.uk's PS4 deals
Game will have some great offers on PS4s and PlayStation games. Here are its early bird deals so far:
- Pre-owned Sony PlayStation 4 console for £149.99 - click here to view this deal
- Click here to view all of Game.co.uk's PS4 deals
Best PS4 Pro console and bundle deals
With the PS4 Pro being newer, there are fewer deals for the console itself, but there's a lot of action around bundle deals.
- PS4 Pro 1TB with GT Sport and Call of Duty: WWII for £299.99 - click here to see this deal
- PS4 Pro 1TB FIFA 18 bundle with Call of Duty: WWII for £299.99 - click here to see this deal
- 12-month PlayStation Plus membership voucher for £36.85 - click here to see this deal
- PS4 Pro 1TB with FIFA 18 and Call of Duty WWII for £299 (save £49.99) - click here to see this deal
Currys is actually offering a lot this Black Friday and might be your best shout for getting a bargain on the PS4 front.
- PS4 Pro 1TB with GT Sport, CoD:WWII and Fallout 4 for £299.99 - click here to see this deal
- PS4 Pro (black) with GT Sport, Call of Duty WWII and Now TV 2-Month Entertainment Pass for £299.99 - click here to view this deal
PlayStation Store deals
Sony itself always lists a whole stack of games with mighty discounts for PS4, PS3, PSVR and even PS Vita. You can access the store online or through your relevant console. Here are some of the best from this year's event. PS Plus members get first dibs, until Thursday 23 November.
What is the PlayStation 4?
The PS4 is Sony's fourth-generation games console. It was first released in 2013 in the shape of a larger, more angular model. A slimmer standard PS4 was introduced in 2016, alongside a more advanced, better specified version, the PS4 Pro.
Both are on sale today, with the former model now discontinued. The PS4 and PS4 Pro play the exact same games, although the latter has the ability to play many of them with improved graphics.
Which PS4 should you buy?
As the PS4 Pro is more expensive than the smaller, slimmer PS4 your buying decision might come down to price. However, if price is no object or you can find the right deal, here are the major differences between the two.
4K HDR gaming
The PS4 Pro is capable of playing games in up to 4K resolutions and with HDR. Not all games have 4K graphics, but many are enhanced for the PS4 Pro, making the gameplay look crisper and better defined.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a term used to describe a wider colour gamut, better contrast and an overall more vibrant picture performance. It is available on both PS4 consoles, with the difference solely being resolution. The standard PS4 has HDR but can only play games in up to 1080p.
Most flatscreen TVs you can buy today offer 4K HDR visuals and you might already have one at home. Both consoles will work well on one, but only the PS4 Pro will make the most of your TV in that case.
4K HDR video
Like with 4K gaming, the PS4 Pro is the only console of the two capable of playing video in Ultra High Definition. While neither console supports 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, the PS4 Pro is capable of playing Netflix and Amazon Prime Video TV shows and movies in 4K. Some YouTube videos can also be viewed in 4K.
Again, the standard PS4 can only play videos in up to 1080p (which is fine if you have a Full HD TV).
The PS4 Pro comes with a stock 1TB hard drive, and with games needing to be installed to the HDD regardless of whether they were bought digitally or on disc, that is a definite consideration. Games typically take up 30GB or more of that space, so you can only really store 30 games at a time with that amount of space available.
Most standard PS4 models have half that - 500GB - so can only typically store 15 games before they have to be uninstalled again. You can keep your save games, either locally or in the cloud, but having to delete and reinstall games is a lengthy process. You can get a standard PS4 with a 1TB internal drive, but with costs racking up it might be worth that little extra for a PS4 Pro.
All PS4 models can have storage space expanded through the use of an external USB 3.0 hard drive though, so that's also worth considering for purchase on Black Friday.
All PS4 models are compatible with Sony's own virtual reality headset, the PlayStation VR. However, thanks to the faster chipset and power of the PS4 Pro, games can look better inside the headset when attached to the bigger machine.
One last thing to consider, especially if you or the recipient of a shiny new PS4 wants to play multiplayer games online, is PlayStation Plus.
PlayStation Plus is Sony's monthly subscription service that is required if you want to play online multiplayer in any game. But to sweeten the deal it also grants a subscribers free games every month, that are available to play permanently as long as you continue to subscribe.
There are at least three PS4 games on offer each month, plus, if you own a PS Vita and/or a PS3, additional games for those consoles.
A PS Plus subscription costs £49.99 for 12 months when paid up front, £19.99 for three months or £6.99 when paid monthly. Last year's Black Friday though saw massive discounts on membership vouchers from numerous retailers. We advise you to keep 'em peeled.