Discover the 2023 ultimate guide to Playstation UK: Jaw-dropping games, secrets revealed & unbeatable prices!
In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the history of PlayStation in the UK, break down the PlayStation consoles and games available to British gamers today, discuss PlayStation accessories and services, provide tips for buying PlayStation products in the UK, and outline current pricing information.
History of Playstation in the UK
PlayStation has come a long way since those early days in the mid-90s. Let’s take a quick look at the journey of each PlayStation console launch and success story within the UK gaming market.
Launch of the Original Playstation
The original PlayStation console (also known as the PS1 or PlayStation 1) first arrived in the UK in September 1995, several months after its initial launch in Japan. The PlayStation launched in the UK with a price tag of £299.
While Sega and Nintendo had a head start in the UK gaming market with the Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES consoles, the PlayStation quickly gained popularity thanks to its cutting edge 3D graphics, multimedia capabilities, strong marketing push and partnerships with third-party developers.
Popularity of PS1
The PS1 soon outsold the Sega Saturn console and became the dominant gaming platform in the UK by the late 1990s. Iconic PS1 games like Crash Bandicoot, Tomb Raider, Gran Turismo and Final Fantasy VII made the console a must-have for British gamers and helped cement the PlayStation brand as a gaming juggernaut.
Launch of PS2
The PlayStation 2 followed in 2000 and repeated the success of its predecessor. Arriving at £299 in the UK, the PS2 shattered console launch records, selling more than 500,000 units in its first day in the UK. It became the fastest selling console of all time in Britain.
With its DVD player capabilities, wealth of high quality games like Grand Theft Auto III and Metal Gear Solid 2, and affordable price point, the PS2 dominated the gaming industry in the UK throughout the early 2000s.
Launch of PS3
When the PlayStation 3 launched in 2006 in the UK, its price tag was eye-watering – £425 for the base 20GB model and a whopping £425 for the 60GB version. This was far higher than the PS2’s launch price, and gave competitors like Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 an advantage at retail.
While the PS3 ultimately found success thanks to exclusive games like Uncharted and was the UK’s best selling console by 2009, its high initial cost hurt its early adoption in Britain.
Launch of PS4
Sony learnt from the pricing misstep of the PS3 by launching the PlayStation 4 at just £349.99 in the UK in November 2013. This undercutting of the Xbox One console price helped drive the PS4’s massive success in Britain.
The PS4 dominated sales charts as the top selling console almost every month of its lifecycle in the UK thanks to system sellers like FIFA, Call of Duty, Horizon Zero Dawn and Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Launch of PS5
The PS5 arrived in November 2020 with two models – a £449.99 version with a 4K UHD blu-ray disc drive, and a Digital Edition without a disc drive priced at £359.99.
These prices echo those of the PS4 models at launch, and helped contribute to the PS5’s strong sales performance so far in the UK, despite supply constraints caused by chip shortages and other factors. Big exclusives like Spider-Man Miles Morales have given the PS5 momentum in Britain.
Playstation Consoles Available in the UK
Right now, British gamers have two PlayStation console families to choose from – the PS4 and PS5. Here’s a quick look at the different models available for each console.
Sony has refreshed the PS4 with some revised hardware iterations over its lifetime. These are the current PS4 models you’ll find:
The slimmer and lighter redesign of the original PS4, featuring a refined design, 16GB of storage, and the same performance and specs. Usually retails around £250-£300 bundled with a game or accessories.
The 4K and HDR-capable upgrade over the base PS4. Offers enhanced graphics, resolution and visuals when playing on 4K TVs. 1TB of storage. RRP of £350, but often discounted to £300.
The PS5 comes in two distinct versions:
PS5 Digital Edition
The all-digital model without a disc drive, relying solely on downloaded games and PS Store purchases. Usually £360 RRP.
PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive
The standard PS5 console with a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray disc drive, capable of playing physical game discs and 4K Blu-ray movies. Usually £450 RRP.
Top Selling PS5 Games in the UK
The PlayStation 5 has amassed an extremely impressive games library over its lifetime. Here are some of the PS5’s top selling games of all time in the UK:
EA’s ever-popular FIFA football/soccer games are smash hits year after year in the UK, with FIFA 21, FIFA 21, FIFA 23 and FIFA 24 all scoring huge sales on PS5.
Call of Duty Games
Activision’s first person shooter series is massively popular in Britain, with nearly every entry being a top seller on PS5, including the likes of Call of Duty: WWII, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Red Dead Redemption 2
The PS4 version of Rockstar’s epic open world Western has sold over 2.5 million copies at retail in the UK.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog’s action-adventure is one of the PS5’s best selling remastered games of all time in Britain. Its sequel The Last of Us Part II was also a huge hit.
Playstation Plus Service
PlayStation Plus is Sony’s premium subscription service that unlocks a variety of benefits across PS4 and PS5. Here’s what you get:
A lot of free downloadable games PS4 and PS5 games every month for members. Recent examples include games like God of War, Mortal Kombat X and Days Gone.
Online Multiplayer Access
PlayStation Plus is required for online multiplayer gaming on both PS4 and PS5.
Members get access to special PS Store sales and discounts that are exclusive to Plus subscribers.
100GB of cloud storage for game save backups on PS4 and PS5.
Prices of Playstation Plus UK
- PlayStation Plus Essential: £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly
- PlayStation Plus Extra: £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly
- PlayStation Plus Premium: £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly
Playstation Accessories and Controllers
To enhance your PlayStation gaming experience, here are some must-have accessories and extras for your PS4 or PS5:
DualSense Wireless Controller
The innovative haptic feedback controller that comes with every PS5. Its adaptive triggers and tactile vibration immerse you into games like never before. Available in multiple color variants.
A convenient remote control for navigating the PS5’s entertainment menus and streaming apps like Netflix and Disney+. Much quicker than using a controller.
Pulse 3D Wireless Headset
Sony’s own premium noise cancelling wireless headset, designed to showcase the PS5’s 3D audio effect. Charges via USB-C.
DualSense Charging Station
A handy stand that lets you charge two DualSense controllers at once via the USB Type-C input. Keeps your controllers fully juiced up.
How to Buy a Playstation Console and Games in the UK
PlayStation products are widely available both online and in-store across the UK. Here are some of the best places to pick up a PS4 or PS5, as well as games and accessories:
Major online stores like Amazon, the official playstation store, Argos, Currys, ShopTo and Base have extensive stock of PlayStation consoles, accessories and games. Keep an eye out for bundle deals that package hardware and software.
Most major UK electronics and gaming chains carry PlayStation products, such as GAME, Smyths Toys and GameByte. Scope out the pre-owned sections for good value on consoles and games.
Sites like Music Magpie, CeX and eBay are go-to spots for second hand PS4 and PS5 consoles and games. You can often score big savings buying pre-owned.
Playstation Console and Game Prices
Here is an overview of the going rates for PlayStation gaming hardware and software:
Current Retail Prices
Finding Discounts and Deals
- Check retailers for PlayStation console bundles – save on buying together
- PS4 consoles and games see regular discounts
- Check PlayStation Store sales for deals on digital games
- Shop pre-owned for the biggest savings on hardware and games
- Time purchases around seasonal sales for best prices
How to get playstation gift card UK online?
You can buy PlayStation gift cards online from various retailers. For example, you can buy a PlayStation Store gift card from an online retailer and they will email you a code to redeem via our digital store on your PlayStation console or via any web browser.
You can also buy PlayStation gift cards from Dundle (GB) and receive the code instantly via email. GAME also offers £10 PlayStation gift cards which you can use to contribute towards PlayStation Plus memberships, with online multiplayer access, games every month, exclusive discounts and more