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Best Christmas gifts for petrolheads 2017

The latest and greatest presents for car enthusiasts


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PS4 Pro games console

PS4 Pro

  • Age 3+
  • Price £350 (approx.)

This Christmas is all about 4K gaming and if you want to play the new wave of ultra-high definition titles, you need a powerful console. This new PS4 Pro can get the most out of the new raft of 4K games, including GT Sport (below), which is only available on the Sony console. You may also need to upgrade your TV to one that supports 4K resolutions and HDR (high dynamic range), too, of course.

 

Xbox One X games console

Xbox One X

  • Age 3+
  • Price £450 (approx.)

If you want to play the new Forza Motorsport 7 game (below) in 4K you’ll either need a top-line gaming PC or this new Xbox console. As with GT Sport on PS4 Pro, its upgraded processor handles the extra pixels on screen as well as HDR lighting effects. And, as with the PS4 Pro, you will need a 4K HDR TV to see the full effect. It’s dearer than the new Playstation but also more powerful and plays Ultra HD Blu-ray movie discs.

 

GT Sport game (PS4 only)

Gran Turismo Sport game review

  • Age 3+
  • Price From £49.99

Gran Turismo, one of the most popular racing franchises of all time, has just returned with its latest version, GT Sport. The cars have been completely re-engineered and remodelled this time around, and the graphics are other-worldly.  Engine sounds are massively improved, as is the handling, and it also contains the first ever FIA-certified online e-racing series. It will play on a PS4 and standard TV but for the full stunning new 4K HDR graphics you’ll need the more powerful PS4 Pro console (above) and a compatible TV. Read our full review here.

 

Project Cars 2 (PS4, Xbox and PC)

project cars 2 review: Ferrari 488 GTE

  • Age 3+
  • Price From £41.99

Professional gamers will tell you Project Cars is the most realistic racing simulation available for games consoles. The second in the series launched in September and ups the ante with double the number of cars and circuits, new features and support for 4K graphics on the new PS4 Pro and Xbox One X machines. Get yourself a good wheel and pedals, though, as this one is too tough to play with a control pad. Read our full review here.

 

Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox and PC)

Forza Motorsport 7 game review

  • Age 3+
  • Price From £39.99

A direct rival to Playstation’s Gran Turismo games, the Forza series for Xbox has always been one of the best for graphics and the new Motorsport 7 is no exception, with stunning new 4K resolution and HDR lighting effects (on Xbox One X and comaptible TVs). The weather effects are particularly impressive. In addition, Forza has the biggest selection of cars of any games — a whopping 700 vehicles to choose from. Five star fun for those who prefer arcade-style racing to full-on simulations. Read our full review here.

 

Need for Speed Payback (PS4, Xbox and PC)

Need for Speed Payback

  • Age 12+
  • Price From £49.99

For the slightly more mature (or is it less mature?) gamer is the Fast & Furious-esue Need for Speed Payback. A story led game, it follows the exploits of former street racer Tyler Morgan in a quest for payback. If you’d rather have the cops on your tail than Lewis Hamilton, this one’s for you.

 

Thrustmaster T-GT wheel and pedals (PS4 and PC)

Thrustmaster T-GT

  • Age 3+
  • Price £699.99

Gaming wheels vary greatly in price and quality, but this new one launched to coincide with the release of GT Sport for PS4 is definitely at the premium end of the market, offering top-level force feedback and feel as well as very useful dials for things like traction control, brake balance and ABS level, allowing you to fine-tune settings as you race.

 

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