PS5 wins Best Gaming Hardware at the Golden Joystick Awards 2021

The PS5 has been voted the Best Gaming Hardware at this year's Golden Joystick Awards, beating out some seriously stiff competition. 

It's been a great year for gaming hardware - even if trying to buy any of it has been like trying to find a unicorn - with the PS5 winning over the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles from Microsoft, and even last year's winner the Nvidia RTX 3080 series graphics cards.

Take a look at the full list of Best Gaming Hardware nominations below:

  • PS5 (winner)
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series S
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • Nintendo Switch OLED

The PS5 has been in headlines for many reasons since it launched late last year, from comments on its now-iconic design to the innovative strides made with its DualSense controller, with all its haptic feedback and adaptive trigger tech. Not to mention the ongoing issues with PS5 restock updates, alongside some brilliant PS5 exclusives like Returnal, Deathloop, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure

The win for the PS5 comes just weeks after the console's first anniversary, a year which, as we said in our re-review of the console, has been defined by "exclusivity and elusivity". 

"Instead of coasting along on the strength of its launch games... Sony has continued to deliver a host of brilliant exclusive titles that have made the desperate quest to actually buy a PS5 just that little bit more excruciating."

"Sony's latest console is a brilliant machine with equally high-end games to match its specs. With highly-anticipated upcoming PS5 games like God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon: Forbidden West on the way in 2022, that's only going to get better from here."

Sam Loveridge
Global Editor-in-Chief, GamesRadar+

Sam Loveridge is the Global Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar, and joined the team in August 2017. Sam came to GamesRadar after working at TrustedReviews, Digital Spy, and Fandom, following the completion of an MA in Journalism. In her time, she's also had appearances on The Guardian, BBC, and more. Her experience has seen her cover console and PC games, along with gaming hardware, for a decade, and for GamesRadar, she's in charge of the site's overall direction, managing the team, and making sure it's the best it can be. Her gaming passions lie with weird simulation games, big open-world RPGs, and beautifully crafted indies. She plays across all platforms, and specializes in titles like Pokemon, Assassin's Creed, The Sims, and more. Basically, she loves all games that aren't sports or fighting titles! In her spare time, Sam likes to live like Stardew Valley by cooking and baking, growing vegetables, and enjoying life in the countryside.