Microsoft Gaming Holiday Buyer’s Guide

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The holidays are rolling in, and it’s time for you to start thinking about gifts. To make your shopping trips a little easier, we are building a series of guides to help pick out the best and must-have holiday tech presents.

We are focusing on gaming here, specifically on Microsoft’s Xbox family. If you want to see gifts ideas for Playstation or Nintendo, you can click through either of those links.

But enough with the introductions, lets get into the good stuff.

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Xbox One X and One S

If you need to pick up a gaming console for your friend or loved one, the Xbox One is a great choice. But which version should you go home with? Both offer 4K and HDR support, both feature a 4K Blu-Ray drive, and both support the entire catalogue of Xbox One games, as well as a growing list of backwards compatible titles from the Xbox 360 and the original Xbox.

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While there is a lot of nuance that can be involved with this decision, in reality our suggestion is going to boil down purely to cost. If you can afford the One X, it is absolutely the one you should buy. It provides a far superior experience when compared to any other console, and it even bests a modest gaming PC in a many ways.

The Xbox One S is a great console, but it just can’t compete with the Xbox One X in terms of raw performance and graphical quality.

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External Hard Drive

1TB is a lot of storage, but modern games are getting massive in size. Games like Halo 5, Gears of War 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are all in 100+ GB range. If you own any of the big games for the platform and want to take advantage of programs like Xbox Games Pass, it’s worth getting an extra hard drive.

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