Holiday Gift Guide 2018

It’s that time of year once again, and we’ve compiled a short list of gaming gift ideas for the xbox fanatic in your life. With 2 headsets to choose from, both high-end and budget, some digital gifts and a stocking filler too, check them out below.

Sound BlasterX H7 TE

The Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition was a surprising headset to say the least. Coming from veterans of gaming peripherals, Creative Labs it is extremely well made with fantastic audio to boot. it’s compatible with all platforms and can have custom audio setting loaded in to it via use of the free software on PC. Excellent for the hardcore gamer and is currently on offer in the Holiday Sale over on the Creative Labs website for £69.99 /$79.99/€89.99 instead of its usual price of £99.99/$119.99/€109.99. Read our full review here.


XP – Warrior

The XP – Warrior from Stealth Gaming was another Headset that took us by surprise. Priced more at the budget end of the scale £24.99 the XP – Warrior features decent audio and microphone quality that will out perform most headsets within the same price range, also multi-platform so can be used with any device that has a 3.5mm audio socket. While the Headset we reviewed was the particular camo design shown in the picture, there are others available over on the Stealth Gaming website that also have links where to purchase them. Read our full review here.


Controllers

A gift idea making an appearance for the second year running are the Xbox Design Lab controllers. Since last year the options to create your very own custom controller have been increased to include camo and shadow face plate designs, along with all the other colour options for triggers, buttons, D-pad etc. You can also add an engraving up to 16 characters long to personalise it even more, great for adding a gamertag or short message. Starting at £59.99 for basic customisation (standard colours etc) moving up to £77.97. Engraving is currently free. Check out the Design Lab website where you can find tons of user created designs to inspire you, or purchase for yourself if you like what you see.

Xbox Game Pass

First introduced in the middle of 2017, Xbox Game Pass has grown its library to include over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles. This list is updated every month and will also include every Microsoft Studios release on day one, of which you can already play the amazing Forza Horizon 4 and Sea of Thieves. So how does it work? “It’s like Netflix for games”, is probably the best way to describe it. You have access to all the titles in the library as long as you are subscribed, and if you want to purchase a game to own, a discount is applied while subscribed to game pass. There’s plenty of options when it comes to purchasing Xbox Game Pass, with many high street retailers and online stores offering 1 month, 6 months and 12 months subscriptions, you can also purchase directly from your console or on the microsoft website where there’s currently an offer for your first month of £1/$1/€1 with recurring months costing £7.99/$9.99/€9.99.


Xbox Gift Card

 
Xbox Gift Cards are a digital form of actual currency that sit on the owners account and are used for purchasing anything on the Microsoft store from games and add-ons to movies Including titles on PC. An ideal gift for the gamer who seems to have everything already. There’s plenty of stores that offer these and they come in various amounts from £5 – £50, with some places offering ocassional discounts, it’s best to shop around.


Trigger Treadz

Another idea for the second year running we’re featuring these little gems, perfect for stocking fillers! Trigger Treadz are a stick on rubber tread for your controller triggers, they come in a variety of textures and colours ranging from a racing rubber tread pattern and an all terrain tread pattern to colours including black, green, orange, red, blue and white. They also supply Thumb Treadz which are a rubber thumbstick cover with various textures, want to try one of each? Take a look at the Combat Elite or Star Striker sets which supplies you with 1 x set of Trigger Treadz and 1 x set of Thumb Treadz. With prices ranging from £2.99 – £6.99. Head over to the Trigger Treadz website to check them out.


Is there anything you would recommend as a gift? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them!

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