A next-gen console on its own is bound to deliver a good holiday season. But the right extra gifts could really make the difference for your Xbox Series X or S blessed acquaintance. These new systems – Series S aside – certainly aren’t cheap, meaning most folks who dove in this year will be on the look out for those much-needed accessories. If you’re wondering what holiday gifts to get for the Xbox Series X owner in your life, this guide is for you. We’ve rounded up the accessories and extra that’ll have any Series X owner grinning like Microsoft just announced Halo Infinite was arriving next week.
Holiday gifts for the Xbox Series X owner in your life
Given the Xbox Series X and S are brand new consoles, we’ve focussed on the accessories that’ll let new owners make the most of their consoles below. Launch titles to give as gifts might be few and far between with this generation, but there’s still plenty you can provide for that special someone this holiday season!
An extra controller
If the Series X/S owner you know is making the jump from the Xbox One, there’s a good chance that they’re already stocked with controllers. If they’ve coming to the Xbox family fresh, or if their supply is getting particularly well-worn, then a new controller is a fantastic gift idea.
Online might form the bulk of multiplayer gaming these days, but titles like Overcooked: All You Can Eat are best enjoyed in the same room. Give the gift of a spare controller and you’ll not lny make the recipient happy, but open up the chance for you to join in with a spot of next-gen gaming as well. Xbox controllers can be found on Amazon here.
A Game Pass subscription
Game Pass is Microsoft’s ace card with this new console generation. As the price of new games looks to be jumping up again, the value of this generous subscription model continues to rise. Anyone who’s signed up gets instant access to more than 100 titles, including Xbox exclusives like Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves, as well as third party titles such as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Game Pass also includes brand new Microsoft releases, so if your holiday gift subscription is still running when Halo Infinite releases, it'll grant your recipient the opportunity to hop straight into the Chief's boots. Given a year’s subscription costs less than the price of two AAA releases, we’d argue that all Xbox Series X/S owners should really pick up a Game Pass subscription. To that end, a Game Pass subscription is one of the best holiday gifts you can give. You can grab a six-month or 12-month subscription from Amazon, here.
A quality headset: HyperX CloudX Flight
Gaming headsets aren’t just for PC players. For players who want to experience the full audio quality of the titles they load up, or are looking to jump online and chat with friends, a good headset is essential. HyperX’s CloudX Flight has been designed specifically for Xbox consoles, delivering top-of-the-line immersive audio and comfort.
Best of all, as a wireless headset, players won’t have to worry about pesky wires, and can keep the party chat going while they head to the kitchen for a snack. If you’re after a more affordable option, the CloudX Stinger Core is the perfect, officially licensed entry-level headset for Xbox gamers. Its 40mm drivers and cushioned ear pads will deliver quality, comfort, and reliability at a generous price tag. The CloudX Flight is available from Amazon here, while you can find the CloudX Stinger Core here.
Extra external storage
As new releases gobble up hundreds of gigabytes, storage space management is essential, especially for anyone rocking a digital-only Xbox Series S. Thankfully, Microsoft has made adding extra storage space extremely simple this generation, and extremely space-efficient if you want it too. Much like the Xbox One, external USB 3.1 drives are supported, meaning you can hook up an external SSD or hard drive without any fuss.
In addition to that, Microsoft is also offering official Seagate expansion cards which slot directly into the console. These 1TB NVMe SSDs promise the same speeds as the internal storage. They’re also extremely compact, so you won’t need to worry about finding extra space in your TV stand for them. The downside is that they cost quite a bit more than your usual external drive. If you’re really looking to splash out on your gift recipient, the Seagate expansion card can be found on Amazon here, but you can also grab a more affordable 500GB external SSD here, or a slightly slower but more space-for-your-buck 1TB external hard drive here.
The best new games!
If you’re not a fan of Game Pass’ subscription service, gifting one of the best new games to arrive with the Xbox Series X/S is always a fantastic holiday gift idea. We’ve got two recommendations below, one for a highly rated Xbox exclusive, and the other to show off the power of the machine with some shiny graphics.
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon: A limited-time Xbox exclusive for next-gen consoles, this Yakuza release has been scooping up impressive reviews all round. It’s not the most technically impressive title out there, but it’s such an entertaining and well handled story that players won’t have time to worry about the visuals! Pick it up on Amazon, here.
- Dirt 5: If you are looking for a title to show off next-gen power, Dirt 5’s slick rally cars and muddy landscapes make for an excellent place to start. It’s still a split-gen release, but the Series X version bumps up the quality and supports a smooth 120fps mode (provided their TV can handle it). You can grab it on Amazon, here.
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And that completes our guide to holiday gifts for the Xbox Series X owner in your life! If you’ve got any other suggestions, be sure to share them in the comments below. If you’re after gifts for PlayStation 5 owners, click here. Otherwise, you can click here to find all our holiday gift guides on the hub page.Load Comments