From consoles to controllers to headsets, there’s a lot that goes into a complete gaming setup. And while the costs can add up pretty quickly, there are also bargains out there that can help you build your dream setup on the cheap. For Xbox gamers specifically, we’ve rounded up some of the best deals you can find right now.
These include discounts on top-rated headsets, customizable controllers and gaming subscriptions. And if you’re looking to get your hands on a next-gen Xbox, there is even a deal on theright now, though there’s no telling how long it will last.
Deals come and go pretty fast during holiday shopping madness, so we’d recommend acting fast on any bargains you don’t want to miss. We’ll continue adding new deals throughout the coming weeks, so be sure to check back often for the best offers available.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday brought one of the best deals we’ve seen so far on a next-gen Xbox console. And while tons of retailers have sold out, Walmart still has the discounted Xbox Series S in stock and available for purchase with no strings attached. This is the more affordable of Microsoft’s two next-gen consoles and doesn’t have a physical disk drive. But you can still play all the same games as you can on the pricier Series X.
You’re receiving price alerts for Xbox Series S: $240
Microsoft officially discontinued the Xbox One back in 2020, so it’s pretty difficult (and expensive) to find new consoles. But if you’re hoping to grab one of these previous-gen Xboxes, there are still quite a few refurbished models floating around out there at a good price. And while they won’t be able to handle every next-gen game, quite a few new titles are still playable, including recent hits like Elden Ring. This model features 500GB of storage, and is equipped with a disk drive and backwards compatibility, making it a great pick if you’re big on retro games. Plus, it comes with the original wireless controller, which saves you another $60. Though for casual gamers looking for the easiest and most accessible option, you’re probably better off opting for the Xbox Series S.
Note: True, calling this a deal is probably a stretch as there’s no straightforward discount, but it is the best price you’ll find out there on a full-size Xbox console with a disk drive.
Xbox users who subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate now have access to Microsoft’s cloud gaming beta, which allows you to stream games from anywhere on a variety of devices — including smartphones. This Razer Kishi is a compact controller that holds your phone in the middle so you can enjoy your favorite console games while you’re on the go. It’s designed to be universally compatible with Android phones with a USB-C connector, and has a similar layout to the Nintendo Switch. There is an iPhone version as well, and it’s currently available for $69.
You’re receiving price alerts for Razer Kishi: $43
If you’re looking for a second controller for your Xbox, you can save some money by shopping through Microsoft directly. The standard black and white color variants are $40 right now, which saves $20. Or you can save $20 on the slightly pricier shock blue and electric volt models, which are on sale for $45. And the pulse red color variant is $25 off, dropping the price down to $40.
If you’re pretty serious about your gaming, it may be worth upgrading to the Elite Series 2 controller. It’s highly customizable so you can adjust it to your play style, with swappable thumbsticks and paddles. And you can even adjust the tension and sensitivity, and create up to three different profiles so you can easily switch between different games and players. It charges via a USB-C, and has a battery life of up to 40 hours so you can game without interruption.
A gaming headset lets you strategize (and trash talk) with your team over voice-chat and provides clear audio so you can hear every step and shot that’s happening around you. The Cloud Flight X was one of our favorite Xbox headsets for this year, and features a built-in sound mixer so you can adjust the audio and boost what you want to hear. It uses a 2.4GHz USB dongle for a low-latency wireless connection, and the mic arm is removable so it doesn’t get in your way during single-player sessions.
You’re receiving price alerts for Hyper X Cloud X Flight: $90
Turtle Beach is one of the top brands out there when it comes to gaming headsets, and the second-gen Stealth 600 is one of our favorite Xbox headsets on the market. These headphones are compatible with both next-gen Xbox consoles, and the Xbox One, and are equipped with 50mm speakers for clear, immersive sound so you can hear every step and shot. They’re totally wireless thanks to the use of a USB transmitter, and the mic arm folds up into the headset so it’s out of your way when you’re not using it for voice chats.
Games just keep getting bigger, and while I’m not complaining, it does mean that your console’s storage can fill up pretty quickly. Seagate makes portable hard drives that are specifically designed to expand your Xbox’s storage so you can spend less time redownloading and more time gaming. This 2TB model uses a USB 3.2 interface, and is compatible with the Xbox Series X and S, as well as all versions of the Xbox One.
You’re receiving price alerts for Seagate 2TB portable Xbox hard drive: $80
For next-gen users, Seagate also makes an expansion card that plugs directly into the back of your Series X or S console for seamless gameplay. It uses the same Velocity architecture found on Xbox consoles, so it boasts the fastest load times of any external game drive out there right now, with data transfer speeds of up to 2,400 MB/s. It’s roughly twice as expensive than the portable drive above, but it is the fastest and most convenient way to expand your Xbox storage at the moment.
You’re receiving price alerts for Seagate 1TB Xbox expansion card: $200
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A Game Pass Ultimate subscription is one of the best ways to get the most out of your Xbox. It includes an Xbox Live Gold membership, which allows you to play games online, and also gives you access to a massive library of Xbox titles that you can download and play for free at any time. An Ultimate membership typically costs $15 per month, but this three-month deal from CDKeys drops that down to just over $9.