PS4 trade-in for PS5: Where can you trade in your PS4 and DualShock controller? How much would you get for trading in a PS4 Pro? Should you trade-in your PS4 for a PS5, and will it make your PS5 cheaper?

What’s the trade-in value of a PS4 or PS4 Pro these days, and is it worth trading in your PlayStation 4 to make the PS5 purchase a bit cheaper?

by Jason Coles

The PS5 news gods have finally blessed us with a price and release date for Sony’s next-gen console, and that means we’re also approaching the end of the PS4. It’s a sad time, but also a time for reflection, rebirth, and change.

And today, pre-orders have officially begun for the PS5: you can click RIGHT HERE to see the official Amazon product page for the Standard Edition console, or here for the Digital Edition console.

READ MORE: PS5 pre-order guide for the UK

With there being a global pandemic going on, it could well be that the PS5 is going to cost a touch too much for some people. That means it might be time to trade your PS4 in to try and knock some money off of the next-gen Sony hardware.

How much are you likely to get for a PS4 though, and even if it’s going to be a decent amount of money, is it really worth saying goodbye to your old friend?

Well, to help you in this trying time, we’ve put together some help…

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How much is your PS4 worth? How much will you get for a PS4?

There are lots of different reasons why your PS4 could be worth more or less depending on the version of PS4, the state it’s in, whether it’s boxed or unboxed, and games and peripherals you’re throwing in too.

Getting an exact price for trade-ins, whether for cash or some kind of voucher, isn’t an easy thing to do, so we’ve looked at CEX and are going to use the strange range they have.

This range means that your PS4 is worth somewhere between £120 and £240 in cash, and £160 and £275 for a voucher – it all depends on which type of PS4 you’ve got, though, since a recent PS4 Pro will be worth more than a knackered old day-one PS4.

If you’re looking at a PS4 Slim, it can be around £120, whereas a PS4 Pro could be at a minimum of £190. They’re slowly dropping by the month as we get close to Christmas, so make sure to factor in the ever-changing price once the PS5 releases.

Of course, these prices are likely to fluctuate and, if lots of people try to trade-in their PS4 prior to the PS5’s release, retailers may start offering less for the current-gen console.

READ MORE: PS5 timed exclusives: What’s the point of temporary exclusivity?

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Hot off the press, the confirmed launch prices for the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition.

Is it worth trading your PS4 for a PS5?

Naturally, it depends on whether you’ll have any use for your PS4 once you’ve upgraded to a new model. Normally, it’s worth holding on to an older console in case you want to play some of your old games.

However, the PS5 is meant to have some degree of backwards compatibility, which means that might not be a consideration at all.

Sony confirmed that from mid-July, any new PS4 title will be required to work on the PS5, alongside almost all other PS4 titles. PlayStation’s CEO, Jim Ryan, has confirmed in an interview with CNET that the upcoming The Last of Us 2 will “run on the PS5 without issue”.

We’re likely to hold onto our PS4 to use as a multimedia hub, but trading yours in makes perfect sense if you’ve no longer got any use for it. We’ll be sure to let you know if/when some official PS4 trade-in deals appear on the web!

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The PS5’s staggered release has been confirmed, so time your trade-in wisely!

Should you trade-in your PS4 for a PS5 Digital Edition?

If you still want to make the shift to next-gen but don’t want to splash out on a premium PlayStation 5, the PS5 Digital Edition is being marketed as a cheaper alternative.

The Digital Edition will be priced at £359.99 in the UK, which is £90 less than the full-fat PS5.

If you tend to buy all your games digitally, trading your PS4 for a digital-only PS5 seems like the best option if you’re intending to play the upcoming PS5 exclusives like Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

READ MORE: PS5 Digital Edition vs Xbox Series S

Should you trade-in your DualShock 4 controller?

When you buy a new console it can be quite tricky to know what to do with your old controllers. While Microsoft confirmed that Xbox One controllers will work on the Series X, it’s a bit more complicated with the DualShock and PS5.

The old DualShock will work on the PS5, but only with PS4-compatible games.

If you’re set on trading in your DualShock, CEX will offer you £24 for your PS4 controller.

Will the DualSense render the DualShock 4 useless?

Does this mean you should trade-in your PS4 controller? Not necessarily.

According to Sony, the DualShock will work with “supported PS4 games” on the PS5. This rather vague statement is open for interpretation, as it could mean the DualShock will work with games such as FIFA 21, Call of Duty, Cyberpunk 2077 and other third-party games confirmed for both the PS4 and PS5.

If this is the case, we’d recommend keeping ahold of your DualShock, at least until PS4 support dwindles from more studios, as the controller could be used for local multiplayer/co-op play in certain games or be used as a backup for when your DualSense is charging.

It’s also worth noting that if you’re planning to make the jump to Xbox for xCloud streaming on your phone, the DualShock 4 controller is compatible with mobile devices. This means that, if you connect your DualShock to your phone via Bluetooth, you’ll be able to play Xbox games such as Halo or Gear 5 with a PlayStation controller. What a world we live in.

READ MORE: DualSense controller explained

PS5 pre-orders have BEGUN

As promised, PS5 pre-orders began on 17th September 2020, with retailers around the world scrambling to get their product pages online – and customers racing to place orders before stocks ran out.

A day later, on 18th September, the UK retailer Argos started listing PS5 consoles as well: you can click here to view the product range from Argos, but it looks like the stock is selling out as quickly as it goes up.

For fans in the UK, the retailer Curry’s is one place that seemed to have stock recently: you can click right here to go to the Curry’s PS5 page, but again, it looks like their stock is coming and going very fast.

Things are not looking good at Amazon right now: at the time of this sentence being written, the Amazon product page for the PS5 Standard Edition in the UK says ‘Currently Unavailable’, which means the first wave of stock may have run out. You can click here to check the Amazon page, though – it might have updated since we wrote this.

The PS5 Digital Edition also seems to be out of stock at Amazon – you can click here to check out the product page for that one.

There is also a whole family of official PS5 products, from headsets to charging stations, which are available to order now – you can click here to check out the range.

CLICK HERE: Check out the PS5 tie-in products!

Jason Coles