Heading back to school, college, or university isn't ideal, shall we say, especially after a long summer of fun, but that doesn't mean the good times have to stop, especially when the latest Sony PlayStation 4 deals make it such great value, with a bunch of amazing AAA games to boot from Very.co.uk, Currys, and other UK retailers.
Sorry Xbox fans, but it's pretty clear that Sony won the current version of the game console wars with the PS4, easily outclassing its Xbox counterparts with powerful internals, sleek design, and loads of exclusive games, plus all of the multi-platformers. For most people, and that includes hardcore gamers, the PS4 is the king.
That doesn't mean there aren't good reasons to choose an Xbox – fantastic deals, for example – but in our view the PS4 is just that bit better, especially if you're looking to use the console for other things, like streaming Netflix and playing Spotify. Sony has worked hard to make the PS4 multi-faceted, as happy streaming content as it is crunching God of War.
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And the deals on offer here make the PS4 even more compelling, giving you access to AAA games for as little as £249.99, an absolute steal for a brand new console and games that usually cost upwards of £40 each. There can never be a boring evening when you've got games.
One thing we do need to say: for some people, Sony's PS4 Pro – which, as the name implies, is more powerful – is a better choice, especially if you have a 4K TV and want to make the most of the latest releases. But for everyone else, the PS4 Slim is perfect.
Sony PlayStation 4 Slim (500GB) | Last of Us II Bundle | £249.99 from Very.co.uk (opens in new tab)
Without a doubt, The Last of Us II is an absolutely exceptional game, picking up where the first instalment left off. We obviously don't want to give anything away, but this is a five-star game. Everything is perfect: the action, how it looks, the story, shooting mechanics. An amazing way to while away the hours.
Sony PlayStation 4 (500GB) | Grand Theft Auto V | God of War | £249.99 from Very.co.uk (opens in new tab)
Not content with getting just one game? Very.co.uk is offering two absolute classics: GTA 5, the latest instalment of the amazing series that is even bigger and better than before; and God of War, which will see you battle your way through monsters and all sorts of other enemies. You can't go wrong.
Sony PlayStation 4 (500GB) | Spider-Man | Lego Movie 2 | £249.99 from Argos (opens in new tab)
Fancy something a bit more light hearted? Well, Argos has got you covered, offering Marvel's smash-hit Spider-Man game alongside Lego's latest offering, both of which will offer hours of wholesome entertainment for all the family.
Sony PlayStation 4 (500GB) | Ghost of Tsushima | £249.99 from Currys (opens in new tab)
For the uninitiated, Ghost of Tsushima sees you playing as a samurai in the 13th century during the Mongol invasion of Japan. There's a lot of wicked fights, great visuals, and intense boss battles. It's really beautiful and really fun.
So, if you're looking to fly the nest – or update your current nest – then a PS4 Slim is the perfect companion, especially when it comes bundled with some of the latest and best games around.