Holiday Gift Guide – Xbox One

It’s getting cold, the shops are rammed, and the radio is playing all the same songs – it must be Christmas. However you celebrate the holidays, we’re here to offer you some buying advice on all three of the major consoles. Whether you’re looking to buy one for a loved one, or you want a good idea of what to buy for your shiny new console, read on! This article is bought to you by our sister site

The Console

For your console, there are two key choices (excluding bundles) when it comes to the Xbox platform. The Xbox One S is an excellent console for someone new to games. It’ll play not only Xbox One games but dozens of Xbox 360 and even original Xbox games too. While it can’t play those in 4K, it can stream 4K media such as Netflix, and even acts as an excellent 4K Blu-Ray player.

The Xbox One X is very similar in terms of appearance, despite being marginally smaller. It’s the most powerful console out there, and as a result, it’s more expensive than its. What you get for that money is 4K gaming, so your mileage may vary. If you haven’t got a 4K TV, it’ll “super-sample” images down to HD from 4K – essentially squeezing as much detail in as possible.

There are plenty of bundles available, and hard drive space varies too.

Must-Have Accessories

On the subject of hard drives, the Xbox One supports any USB 3.0 hard drive larger than 256GB. If you own a lot of games, it might be a good idea to plug one in – you may find it cheaper than buying a larger capacity console, to begin with.

If you’re planning some Christmas day multiplayer, you’ll want to invest in a spare controller. These come in a wide array of colours, but unfortunately even in today’s world run on AA batteries.

To help with that, you can grab the official Play and Charge kit to ensure you never need to stop playing, even when the battery is charging.

Finally, those that are looking to play online will want to grab an Xbox Live subscription which works out at around £5 per month. You’ll also get exclusive deals and free games every month.


While the Xbox One’s exclusives library pales in comparison to the competitions, it features a huge library of third-party games – most of which play best on Xbox One X!

Forza Horizon 4 – Winner of “Racing Game of the Year”, Horizon 4 sees you driving through the UK competing in dozens of race types across all different kinds of terrain.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Now that the multiplayer is fixed, this game features hundreds of match possibilities for online shooting as well as four of the finest campaigns in first-person shooter history.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Step into the shoes of a warrior in Ancient Greece and explore a huge open world, hunt legendary beasts, and become an Assassin.

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Experience the story of Arthur Morgan, trusted lieutenant in the Van Der Linde gang in a world that is running out of time for outlaws.

Ones You May Have Missed

If none of those interest you, you’ll be pleased to know that since 2013 the Xbox has built up an incredible library of games. Keep in mind that this is bolstered by backwards compatibility with many Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles, too.

Overcooked 2 – Chaotic family fun and the perfect excuse for a second controller, battle the elements, wild animals, and your partner to cook and serve meals as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy/Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy – A double dose of nostalgia perfect for introducing the kids to gaming, or just re-discovering some old favourites.

Hollow Knight – A tough journey through an insect world, Hollow Knight is not an easy game but is certainly worthwhile.

Dead Cells – Battle through randomly generated levels to earn new gear which makes each playthrough different.

Xbox Game Pass – A subscription service that offers new games every month and brand new titles from first-party Microsoft studios, as well as exclusive discounts.

Consider this your Xbox One starter kit, but there’s still plenty to play.

For those that already have them, what’s on your Xbox One? If you’re hoping to pick one up, do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments below!