With the holiday buying season in full swing, many people are on the hunt for the best gaming presents for their friends and family. However, sometimes it can be hard to determine the best or most useful items for gamers, especially when those items are purchased by friends and family who don’t play video games themselves.
For the loved ones of Xbox One gamers out there, Game Rant has you covered. As gamers ourselves, we’re familiar with some of the top products currently available for Xbox. In light of that, we’ve put together the below list of 10 Must-Have Gifts for Xbox Gamers that should help with your holiday shopping.
Kicking off the list is the Xbox One Elite Controller. When it comes to console gaming, having a good controller is the most important element to performing well in a game. This is especially true for gamers who enjoy player-versus-player titles, such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, or Overwatch. The Xbox One Elite Controller comes with numerous features not available on the original Xbox One controller that make gaming easier and more enjoyable. At $149 the Xbox One Elite Controller isn’t cheap, but it’s worth every penny to Xbox One gamers who make use of its impressive features.
Xbox One Elite Controller by Microsoft $149.00.
Microsoft has long touted the Xbox One as a one-stop-shop entertainment machine for the living room. The console does far more than just play games. In fact, Xbox One owners can watch their favorite movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and numerous other movie and television apps, and can even control their cable channels through the Xbox One system. The Xbox offers a Media Remote allows Xbox One owners to control their consoles without having to use a bulky controller.
Xbox One Media Remote by Microsoft $26.11.
As mentioned above, many Xbox One owners view their console as the go-to device for all home entertainment. However, not everyone wants to pay for costly cable or satellite television channels. For those Xbox One owners who prefer over-the-air television, there’s the Xbox One TV Tuner, which allows users to connect their over-the-air antenna to the Xbox One.
Xbox One TV Tuner by Microsoft $46.52.
In today’s world, video games require a massive amount of hard drive space on a console. While the Xbox One has a decent amount of hard drive space on board, sometimes it’s not enough. For those who need it, a 2TB external hard drive can expand the save space immensely, and since the Xbox One allows two external hard drives to be connected at once, console owners can easily increase their external storage capacity by 4TB without breaking the bank.
WD 2TB My Passport X for Xbox One Portable External Hard Drive by Western Digital $99.99.
Gaming is an experience that combines detailed graphics, compelling stories, and immersive sounds for an all-around captivating experience. So it goes without saying that having a high-quality headset to capture a game’s music, sounds, and dialogue is imperative for best results. One of the best-rated headsets currently available for Xbox One is the Turtle Beach Ear Force XO Seven Pro Premium. While the headset name is certainly a mouthful, the headset itself is simple to use and very useful when gaming.
Ear Force XO Seven Pro Premium Gaming Headset by Turtle Beach $99.99.
While many Xbox One gamers prefer to converse with each other via headsets, like the one above, others like to connect with other gamers using the console’s text chat feature. This is where the Xbox One Chatpad comes in. The Chatpad connects directly into the Xbox One controller, and provides a full keyboard for players to use when typing.
Xbox One Chatpad by Microsoft $29.99
One challenge many gamers face with wireless controllers is short battery life. This is especially true for gamers who make use of accessories like headsets, which pull their power directly from the controller. The Energizer 2X Smart Charger comes with a rechargeable battery pack that inserts directly into the Xbox One controller or Xbox One Elite Controller, and a station for docking and recharging two controllers at a time.
Energizer 2X Smart Charger for Xbox One by PDP $35.65.
Another great gift item for fans of first-person shooter games like the Call of Duty series and Battlefield 1 is a set of KontrolFreeks. These simple accessories make it possible for players to improve their aim within a game, thus helping them do better against other players or AI enemies. KontrolFreeks have been used and recommended by professional gamers, including many of the world’s top competitive gamers across nearly every gaming genre. And with a low cost per set, these simple accessories can have a profound effect on a gamer’s experience.
FPS Freek Vortex – Xbox One by KontrolFreek $16.99.
Any Xbox One owner who’s played for multiple hours or binged a Netflix show knows how hot the Microsoft console can get. The Nyko Intercooler easily connects to the Xbox One and boosts the amount of cool air circulating through the console. More cool air means less chance of overheating, and can also help extend the life of the console.
Nyko Intercooler for Xbox One by Nyko $17.98.
This list wouldn’t be complete without one of the year’s most highly acclaimed video games, and one that’s exclusive to the Xbox One console. Gears of War 4 is the latest installment to the Gears of War franchise, and offers a compelling story, fast-paced action, and hours of entertaining multiplayer gameplay.
Gears of War 4 by Microsoft $39.96.