The Best Xbox One Gifts To Get In 2020: Consoles, Controllers, And More
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Even with a new Xbox console on the way this year, it's a surprisingly good time for shop for the Xbox gamer in your life. Microsoft's current game consoles (both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X) have a ton of great games to play, and will even be able to play upcoming Xbox games for a little while after the new Series X console hits.
Accessories should be forward-compatible as well, which means you can make your time with Red Dead Redemption 2, the latest Assassin's Creed, or any of the console's blockbuster games even better. While an Xbox Live card, an Xbox game, and the like are no-brainers when it comes to Xbox gifts, there are lots of other options to consider. Of course, if the gamer you're shopping for doesn't have one already, you can also buy an Xbox for them first, or upgrade them from an Xbox One S to an X.
To help you find the best Xbox gifts around, we've put together a list of our favorite Xbox gifts available right now that won't max out your credit card. One thing to know is that if you're shopping an Xbox wireless controller or shopping for Xbox One exclusives through the Microsoft store online, many of them also work with a Windows 10 PC, which means some of these suggestions could double as a great PC gaming gift.
Need more ideas for the perfect gift? Check out our picks for the best gaming headsets, best gaming mice, and best gaming keyboards in 2020. You can also take a look at more of our gift guides for the best gift ideas across gaming, entertainment, and tech.
More Gifts For Gamers In 2020
Note that prices are accurate at the time of publication but subject to change without notice.
Xbox One Elite Series 2 Controller
The original Xbox One Elite controller offered premium material and extensive customization, and the Series 2 version looks to kick it up a notch. And what better way to play all the latest games hitting the Xbox store? The improvements to this model include Bluetooth connectivity, adjustable analog stick tension (which makes it a bitter fit for any first-person shooter like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare), extra grip, and much more.
Xbox Adaptive Controller
The Xbox Adaptive controller is designed to bridge the gap between those with limited mobility and the games they love. It's compatible with a wide range of devices that connect via 3.5mm jacks and USB ports and can be used with an Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, letting just about any gamer use it. You can purchase one at the Microsoft store.
Custom Design Lab Controller
Design Lab lets you create and customize your own Xbox One controller. From changing the color of each individual part to adding metallic triggers and D-pad, there are some cool options to help you create something truly unique for your loved one--and finishing it off with an engraved message adds that personal touch that's just perfect for a gift. You can buy one starting at $85.
Standard Xbox One Controller
The original controller may not have the bells and whistles of the Elite controller, but it's still a great pad that comes at a significantly cheaper price. It's a lot cheaper to grab a couple of these for friends in multiplayer games than shell out for multiple Elite controllers. Different colors and editions vary in price.
Hori Real Arcade Pro Fighting Stick
If you're a fan of fighting games and want to get a little more serious about them, the Hori Real Arcade Pro sticks are a great place to start and are compatible with both console and PC. With great fighting games on Xbox One like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, and the console-exclusive Killer Instinct, the RAP Fight Stick will be put to good use.
Hori Fighting Commander
The Hori Fighting Commander is built with fighting games in mind. They're for those who don't want to shell out the money for a fight stick but still want the six-button layout that is most comfortable for games like Dragon Ball FighterZ and Tekken 7.
Hyperkin Duke Wired Controller
If you need a heavy dose of nostalgia directly in your hands, then Hyperkin's Duke Controller is a great way to get that original Xbox experience on the Xbox One. It pairs quite nicely with the great selection of backward-compatible games.
Logitech Racing Wheel + Pedals
This racing wheel and pedals combo works with both Xbox One and PC, and with both platform's excellent library of racing games, it would make a great gift for any driving fan.
PDP Talon Media Remote
The Xbox One is an excellent system when it comes to watching movies and shows, especially with both versions offering 4K Blu-ray support and working with 4K apps like Netflix. However, it can get pretty annoying having to turn on your controller every time you need to pause, rewind, or use any other function. The PDP Media Remote is always ready to be used. It's not a required accessory--a controller will do everything it does--but once you use it and experience the convenience it offers, it's hard to go back. If you're looking to buy one, it currently costs $19 on Amazon.
Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries + Charger
Xbox One controllers require AA batteries, but if you'd rather save money and produce less waste, then Panasonic's Eneloop rechargeable battery packs are an excellent way to do both and keep your controllers charged. The bundle of eight batteries and charger costs $37 on Amazon.
4 TB Seagate External HDD
There's no hiding the fact that games have much larger file sizes these days. That 1 TB of storage space that comes with your PS4 or Xbox One vanishes pretty quickly. An external hard drive is almost necessary these days, especially for those who like to keep all of their games installed and ready to play. Prices will vary based on storage space, but this 4 TB option is currently selling for $90 on Amazon.
Steelseries Arctis 9X Wireless Headset
The Arctis 9X is a premium headset at a premium price. The Xbox One doesn't have a lot of options for integrated wireless headphones, but the 9X is one of the best for long, online gaming sessions on Xbox live. It touts 20+ hours of battery life and features Bluetooth connectivity, which lets you connect it to your Xbox One and phone to take calls at the same time.
Xbox Live Gift Card
If you're not exactly sure what to get someone but you know they have an Xbox, it's hard to go wrong with an Xbox Live Gold subscription gift card. For $60 you can get an additional year of online play, and even the person you're buying it for already has a subscription going, the extra time will stack, which means they'll get some use out of it once the card's been redeemed.
Gears 5 Limited-Edition Xbox One X
The Gears of War series is one of Xbox's most iconic series, and if you want to jump in and catch up on the entire mainline franchise, this bundle is a great way to do so. It comes with download codes for all 5 Gears games (which together add up to dozens of gaming hours in just co-op and single-player, not to mention multiplayer) as well as a special-edition Xbox One X console and controller.
NBA 2K20 Limited-Edition Xbox One X
This NBA 2K20 bundle comes with a unique Hyperspace Xbox One X that features an awesome paint-speckled design. The controller features the same design on its D-Pad with purple letters on the buttons.