January 31, 2023

So you want to buy a shiny new digital copy of a PS5 game or games as gifts for your friends. It’s an admirable gift. Especially if your friends are really into gaming on their PS5. While it is technically possible to buy digital PS5 games as gifts, it may not work in the way you think. Or maybe it works the way exactly as you might think.

With the holidays right around the corner, a digital PS5 game or two would make great gifts or stocking stuffers. But how to go about the process? Not worry. This handy guide will walk you through what you need to do if you’d planned to gift a digital game for PS5 to anyone on your shopping list.

How to buy digital PS5 games as gifts

You can’t directly buy a digital copy of a PS5 game for a friend as a gift. So if your friend has the Digital Edition PS5 then you’re left with really one option. You’ll have to gift them a PlayStation Store gift card so they can load up on PSN money and then buy the game on their console themselves.

While it used to be possible to gift games on PSN to others, just like you can do on Steam for PC titles, Sony no longer allows this practice. And there’s no telling if it will ever bring it back.

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If you want them to have a game or two, and not just currency for their PSN account, then your other option is to buy physical copies of games. Though, this only really goes for people who have the Disc Edition of the console (or if they’re still on a PS4).

Still, if they do have the Disc Edition, this is going to be your only way to gift actual games. You do have other gifting options though.

You could buy them a PS Now or PS Plus subscription

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If you want them to have access to new games, you could also pay for their PlayStation Plus subscription or PlayStation Now subscription. PS Plus gives them access to games at a discount while also giving them at least two or three games for free every month (of Sony’s choosing). And they get access to online multiplayer.

PlayStation Now on the other hand opens up access to a collection of hundreds of games that they can stream at no additional charge.

Buy them some accessories instead

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If you can’t gift them the digital games you were hoping to, you could always divert that money into gifts for accessories. Chances are there is something they might need or want for their console. And if they save money by not having to buy it (because you already gifted it), then they’ll have more money for games, and can just make the purchase themselves.

There are lots of great accessories out there for the PS5, from controllers to headsets. So it’s just a matter of narrowing things down to something they need or want.

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Get them an M.2 NVMe SSD for the storage expansion


If you really want to go all out, you could hook them up with a new M.2 SSD for the PS5’s storage expansion. These vary in price, but you can check out our guide on which ones to buy. Sony has a specific set of requirements for the SSD you can use.

It has to be an M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD. PCIe Gen 3 and prior will not work. It also has to meet a minimum read and write speed, which all PCIe Gen 4 SSDs should do, as well as fit within the dimensions of the console’s expansion slot. You can find out more about that here.