Xbox One Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Bundles, Headset, And More Peripherals
By Jimmy Thang and Michael Higham | @michaelphigham on
Best Xbox One Holiday Gift Guide 2017
There are a lot of goodies for the Xbox fans to get excited about this holiday season. Microsoft recently released the most powerful console to date with its Xbox One X, which almost necessitates pairing it with a nice 4K HDR TV. While the Xbox One S isn't as powerful as the X, it also comes with a 4K HDR Blu-ray player. With that said, we've rounded up the best Xbox One accessories, which include our picks for headset, charging station, remote, and more. We're sure that these gifts will make any Xbox fan happy.
Xbox One X
The recently released Xbox One X is a souped-up version of the Xbox One before it. It's also tailormade for the Xbox fan who has a 4K HDR TV. This means that many games will look dramatically sharper at 2160p and feature a wider color gamut thanks to the system's HDR capabilities. Certain games like Gears of War 4 arguably look better running on the Xbox One X than a more expensive high-end gaming PC. While the Xbox One X isn't cheap at $500, you really get your money's worth here.
Xbox One S Bundle
While the Xbox One S isn't a huge upgrade over the original Xbox One, it does support high-dynamic range so that games and movies that support HDR can look dramatically more vibrant and lifelike. Unlike the original Xbox One, it comes with a 4K Blu-ray player. There are also several bundles that pack in different games like Assassin's Creed Origins, Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3, and more.
Street price: Starting at $230 (depending on game and HDD size)
Remote: PDP Xbox One Media Remote
The original Xbox One is still a great multimedia device and both the S and X models up the ante by packing in a 4K Blu-ray player. If someone you know uses their Xbox to consume media all the time and constantly switches between apps, a traditional remote could come in handy. PDP's remote is straightforward and affordable.
Headset: Turtle Beach Stealth 600
Good audio is really important to round out the gaming experience, and on the Xbox One, Turtle Beach's Stealth 600 headset does a lot of things right. The key feature here is that the headset connects directly to the console wirelessly without a dongle; just sync it up and the headset's ready to go. Comfort is just as important as sound quality; thankfully, the Stealth 600 is comfortable for long sessions, and the earcups are even designed to fit around glasses.
PowerA Xbox One Charging Station
Plugging your controllers into your console to charge them can be inconvenient, especially with a home theater setup. You could be doing someone a big favor by gifting them a controller charging station. PowerA charging stations are made for either Xbox One or DualShock 4 controllers. The version that charges two controllers simultaneously can be found for around $30, while a single charging station can be found for $20. Both models come with rechargeable battery packs.
Street price: $20-$30 (depending on model)
12-month Subscription To Xbox Live Gold
A 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold costs $60. Not only does this grant access to online multiplayer, but the service offers multiple free downloadable games every month.
Custom Xbox One Controller (Xbox Design Lab)
It's fun to design an Xbox One controller on Microsoft's Design Lab site, especially if you're tailoring one for someone with specific tastes. There are 19 colors to choose from and you can also customize the grips, bumpers, triggers, and more. According to Microsoft, there are over one billion permutations. The cherry on top is that you can even engrave their name or gamertag on the controller.
Street price: Starting at $80 (depending on customization options)
Seagate Game Drive 2TB
While you can't swap out the hard drive on an Xbox One like you can on a PS4, you can install games on an external drive. Seagate's Game Drive is designed for the Xbox One and has a green hue and logo to match. While it scales up to 8TB, we're recommending the 2TB version, which should be enough for most gamers.
Xbox Elite Controller
The Xbox One Elite Controller is quite possibly the best gamepad out there. It's wireless, has a nice substantial weight, and four programmable paddles on the back that come in clutch for competitive shooters. You also get a useful carrying case, swappable thumbsticks, and the option for an 8-way satellite-looking D-pad that's better for fighting games than the traditional configuration.
Chargeable Battery Pack
If you're looking for a smaller Xbox One-related gift, Microsoft's official Play and Charge Kit is a good choice since Xbox One controllers use AA batteries. With this rechargeable battery pack, however, a user wouldn't have to worry about buying new batteries every time their old ones die out. As the name implies, the battery can charge while gamers are playing with it.
4K HDR TV: TCL 55P605
TCL's 55P605 is arguably the best budget 4K TV. Considering it also supports HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and costs $600, it almost sounds too good to be true. To top it off, the ultra high-definition TV comes with Roku support built in.