2016 Xbox One Holiday Gift Guide

Fresh gift ideas for the Xbox fan in your life. 


Ranging from headsets and online memberships to customizable controllers, there’s a lot available for the Xbox One owner in your life this holiday season. Check out our suggested gifts in below!

Xbox One S (500GB) - $299.99 (Best Buy)

The newly redesigned Xbox One S is slimmer, includes a built-in power supply, and has had some of its components shuffled around for easier accessibility. The 500GB model is the smallest version available, with larger 1 and 2TB options costing $349.99-$399.99.
Console redesigns usually give us a sleeker product than the original tech available at launch, and the Xbox One S is definitely easier on the eyes.

Gears of War 4 1TB Bundle - $349.99 (Xbox)

Gears of War 4 is one of Shacknews’ favorite games of 2016, and it’s available bundled with the new, slimmer Xbox One S with a custom Gears-inspired design. As an added bonus, it has more memory than the standard Xbox One S model, packing in a 1TB hard drive as opposed to the regular 500GB.

There’s also a Limited Edition bundle complete with a specially-designed Xbox One S with a 2TB hard drive for $449.99, available direct from Xbox.  

Custom Controller - $79.99 (Xbox Design Lab)

Microsoft recently made it possible for fans to create their own custom controllers, complete with customizable color schemes. Visit their design lab to create a controller out of the many options available.
A little customization goes a long way, and being able to determine the color of a controller makes your console feel even more a part of your life than before.

Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Headset for Xbox One - $58.95 (Amazon)
Get the most out of a game’s sound design with a sturdy pair of Turtle Beaches for Xbox One. The Ear Force XO Four Stealth includes a microphone, comfortable fit, and 50mm speakers for deeper and more rich sound, all for an affordable price.
Video games have wonderfully complex sound design, and a nice headset can really make all the difference in how much of that one can enjoy. Plus, a mic allows you to chat with friends while you’re playing online.

Wireless Adapter - $19.95 (Amazon)
Use this adapter to connect your Xbox One wireless controllers to your PC. Especially useful for those who like to stream games between their Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

Seagate 2TB Hard Drive for Xbox One - $99.99 (Amazon)

500GB in the standard console isn’t a very generous amount of memory space for modern consoles, considering the sheer size of downloads, updates, and additional content files required for even disc-based games. Get an external hard drive, and your options will expand significantly.

Xbox Live Gold Membership (Xbox)

Required to play multiplayer and activate the online aspects of virtually any game, Xbox Live Gold memberships are a must for anyone who owns an Xbox One or Xbox 360 console. Available in 1, 3, and 12-month options ranging from $9.99-$49.99/mo.

Gears of War 4 - $59.99
The latest installment in the popular Xbox exclusive series, Gears of War 4 is one of Shacknews’ favorite games of 2016. Check out our review to learn more

Forza Horizon 3 - $59.99
The Forza franchise is infamous for its take on racing games, offering a massive number of cars to race, drive, and take around the world. Forza Horizon 3 is a faithful and well-crafted iteration, which you can learn more about by reading our review.

Overwatch - $59.99

Blizzard’s new team-based shooter has become extremely popular, hosting many players across the globe at all hours of the day. Filled with creative characters and inventive team play, Overwatch is a must for anyone who enjoys playing online multiplayer shooters. Read our Overwatch review to learn more.

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