Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp
Ads by Google

Whether it’s Christmas, a birthday, or any other holiday, buying a gift for an Xbox gamer can be tricky. Say you’ve got a budget of $50, but you know they have more than enough games.

What do you do?

The answer, of course, is to buy accessories – and there is a massive selection to choose from. While some hardware is of sub-par quality, usually these accessories are worth the money, as long as you buy the gear from Microsoft or reputable third parties.

We’ve collated the following list of sub-$50 accessories for Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More and Xbox 360 owners. You might just find that perfect gift right here…

Chatpad

Including a Chatpad and Chat Headset 3.5mm jack) that connects to the Chatpad, this full QWERTY keyboard plugs into the standard Xbox One controller to aid communication with fellow gamers in online play.

The keypad is backlit for nighttime gaming, and audio controls make it easy to manage volume and mute the mic. Also included are programmable X1 and X2 buttons that can be used to access game DVR or take screenshots.

Ads by Google

Chatpad and headset are compatible with Xbox One and (X1 and X2 buttons notwithstanding) Windows 10.

Xbox One Chatpad + Chat Headset (plugs directly into Chatpad) Xbox One Chatpad + Chat Headset (plugs directly into Chatpad) This product includes a Chatpad and a Chat Headset with a 3.5mm jack that you can plug directly into the Chatpad. The Xbox One Wireless Controller is sold separately. Buy Now At Amazon $25.35

Nyko Charge Base

A flat controller makes gaming pretty tough; you’re basically not gaming, unless there is a wired alternative. Having space to charge two controllers without the fuss of removing batteries is even better, so why not consider the Nyko Charge Base (a PS4 version is also available).

Design to sit two Xbox One controllers comfortably, with two rechargeable batteries included, the base makes charging convenient, enabling you to place the controller onto the charge point and quickly remove when done.

While other charge bases are available, this is a particularly popular option.

Nyko Charge Base - Xbox One Nyko Charge Base - Xbox One Drop and Charge design allows for charging without removing batteries Buy Now At Amazon $18.91

Nyko Intercooler

Again from Nyko comes this cooler, essentially designed to prolong the life of your Xbox One.

Featuring easy clip-on installation, and with a design that matches the contours of the console (comes in black, so beware adding to custom Xbox One consoles!), the cooler is powered by USB, and can be used in both horizontal and vertical orientation.

The USB connection means that it will automatically switch on when you boot your Xbox One, and reduces ambient temperature within by directing hot air away from the console, thereby improving gaming performance. Heat can have a negative affect on any PC How Heat Affects Your Computer, And Should You Be Worried? How Heat Affects Your Computer, And Should You Be Worried? From time to time, we all get concerned about our computer's temperature. But should we be worried? Read More or games console – the first generation Xbox 360s had a particular problem with ambient temperature causing the CPU and GPU lifting from the motherboard (one of the infamous “Red Ring of Death” issues Xbox 360 RRoD X-Clamp Fix – Does It Work? Xbox 360 RRoD X-Clamp Fix – Does It Work? The Red Ring of Death fault on Xbox 360 devices hasn't gone away, so what's the solution? There are two: buy a new Xbox 360, or rely on the X-clamp fix. Does it work? Read More ), so having a cooler is a very good idea.

Nyko Intercooler for Xbox One Nyko Intercooler for Xbox One Reduces ambient air temperature by pushing hot air away from the console Buy Now At Amazon $14.61

Afterglow LVL 3 Wired Headset

Three versions of this headset from PDP are available, with LVL1 and LVL3 both under $50. Officially licensed by Microsoft, the device uses finely tuned 40mm drivers, designed for a full stereo, superior audio experience.

Essentially, while this is a chat headset, and comes with a mounted, noise-cancelling microphone, it’s also a gaming headset – PDP want you to enjoy the best of gaming audio with this hardware.

Due to having a 3.5mm jack, this device is compatible with the second generation Xbox One controller. For first gen controllers, you’ll need to add a headset adaptor.

Afterglow LVL 3 Wired Headset for Xbox One Afterglow LVL 3 Wired Headset for Xbox One Officially licensed by Microsoft Buy Now At Amazon $24.55

Xbox One Media Remote

Recipients of this dedicated remote control from Microsoft can take control of their media with an easy-to-use, compact IR device with a 30-foot range that controls video playback on Blu-ray or videos streamed to an Xbox One.

Also capable of switching on your TV and adjusting the volume, backlit buttons make it easy to use in the dark, and the intuitive controls make it easy for anyone to use, adult or child (although that might not be ideal!).

Requires 2 AAA batteries.

Xbox One Media Remote Xbox One Media Remote Easy-to-use remote to control your entertainment - compatible with Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles. Buy Now At Amazon $18.99

Hard Drive Enclosure

Now this accessory is more or less invisible. It’s a hard disk drive enclosure that slots onto the side/top of an Xbox One, ready to host a second HDD while offering three USB 3.0 ports.

A minimum 256 GB HDD of 2.5 inches in length is required to slot into the enclosure, no wider than 12mm, and once connected, the owner of the Xbox One will no longer be concerned about running out of hard disk space Everything You Need to Know About Xbox One External Hard Drives Everything You Need to Know About Xbox One External Hard Drives Adding an external hard drive to your Xbox One brings many benefits. Here's why you should consider buying one, and what to look for in an external HDD. Read More ! This is particularly important if they like to record and upload gameplay for Twitch or YouTube – assuming they’re playing the right games Can't Get Viewers on Twitch? You're Playing the Wrong Games Can't Get Viewers on Twitch? You're Playing the Wrong Games Trying to build an audience on Twitch feels like hosting a party that you forgot to send out invitations for. If you want to boost your traffic, consider these questions when you pick a game. Read More !

The clever design of the enclosure means that it will be difficult to spot, thereby not ruining the sleek aesthetics of your Xbox One.

Collective Minds 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure & 3 Front USB 3.0 Ports Media HUB - Xbox One Collective Minds 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure & 3 Front USB 3.0 Ports Media HUB - Xbox One 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure Buy Now At Amazon $29.99

Thumb Sticks

Modding an Xbox One controller can make it more comfortable to use, potentially giving an edge in challenging games and online/competitive gaming scenarios. These E-MODS GAMING thumb sticks are just one example of the many thumb sticks that can be added to an XB1 controller, with a grippable, rubberized surface.

Comes with four thumb sticks, enough to replace the default thumb sticks on two controllers, but note that the controller must be open for the thumb sticks to be fitted.

These thumb sticks are also compatible with PlayStation 4 Dual Shock 4 controllers.

E-MODS GAMING® 4x Original Black New Xbox ONE Controller Analogue Thumbsticks Thumb Stick, fits PS4 E-MODS GAMING® 4x Original Black New Xbox ONE Controller Analogue Thumbsticks Thumb Stick, fits PS4 From Original Manufacturer Replacements with 30 day warranty,Order from e-Mods can make sure they are Original! Buy Now At Amazon $6.99

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

The Xbox 360 remains a popular console. So if the target of your gift buying is still using their last-gen gaming machine – and let’s face it, there’s no reason not to as long as A-list games continue to be released – perhaps you’d like to treat them to a gold chrome wireless controller?

Shiny in a way that makes it look far more valuable than it really is, this controller is wireless, and therefore requires recharging regularly. Also, note that the controller is not compatible with the Xbox One, although you should be able to connect it to your PC Everything You Need To Know About Buying A Controller For PC Gaming Everything You Need To Know About Buying A Controller For PC Gaming A decade ago the controller was a definitive line separating PC gamers from their console brethren. PC gamers used keyboards, console gamers used controllers, and there was very little overlap between the two. Times have... Read More  with the correct receiver.

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller - Gold Chrome Xbox 360 Wireless Controller - Gold Chrome Outshine the competition and play in style Buy Now At Amazon $38.00

Xbox 360 Headset & Mic

From INSTEN, this headset connects to an Xbox 360 controller to deliver voice communication to discuss strategy with gaming team mates and trash talk opponents.

With a noise cancelling microphone and stereo phones, the device also includes a volume control and mute switch, and is adjustable to fit most head sizes. As with many Xbox 360 accessories, this device is not compatible with other hardware, including Windows PCs and Xbox One.

Insten Headset Headphone with Mic Compatible with Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, White Insten Headset Headphone with Mic Compatible with Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, White Dual overhead phones for stereo sound quality. Volume control. Mute Switch. Light weight adjustable headset for comfort. Buy Now At Amazon $9.49

Xbox 360 Speed Wheel

Xbox 360 gamers with an addiction to driving games might just find this gem of a controller useful. With rumble feedback to feel the bumps on the road, this wireless wheel controller from Microsoft is equipped with motion sensors and buttons for gaming functions.

Trigger buttons are also included for gas and brake controls, making this an ideal controller for digital speed kings. However, there are a couple of things to note. For instance, this controller cannot be easily used with the Grand Theft Auto series of games 5 of the Best GTA V Mods Available Right Now 5 of the Best GTA V Mods Available Right Now Read More , as walking and shooting are a little difficult with a steering wheel.

And as with other Xbox 360 hardware, you won’t be able to use with the Xbox One, although it should be compatible with Windows 10.

Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel Intuitive steering with motion sensors Buy Now At Amazon $58.88

Got Some Xbox Gift Ideas? Share Them!

That’s our list of 10 Xbox gift ideas for under $50. We’re pretty impressed with what is available in this price bracket, but you may know better. If so, tell us all about it in the comments.

  1. hildyblog
    December 21, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    It may have changed, but in response to one questioner Nyko said their charging rack was not compatible with the Elite controller. Based on this, I would add a recommendation for the solution I went with - Panasonic's Enerloop Pro rechargeable AA batteries and charger.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *