While the now-discontinued Xbox One 2013 model was designed for horizontal play only, the Xbox One S (opens in new tab) and Xbox One X (opens in new tab) are designed for a life standing up right. You can't do it out of the box, however. You will need an additional stand or mount to support this position, and thankfully, they're not too expensive. Here's what's on the market.
Xbox One S stands
Official Microsoft Xbox One S stand (opens in new tab)
The official solution
What you're getting here is essentially a piece of plastic that connects to the base of the Xbox One S to give it better balance. You simply slide it into the underside of the console as pictured, listen for a click, and job done. There's not much more to say, except there are cheaper options that do exactly the same thing.
DACCKIT Xbox One S Stand (opens in new tab)
Want something practically identical to the official product but slightly cheaper? DOUBI has your back. This stand is exactly the same as the Xbox One S official stand, but since it doesn't have Xbox branding, you can shave $5 off the price. You could spend that $5 on some Overwatch loot crates or REQ packs in Halo 5, or buy some candy or something.
HIDEit Xbox One S Wall Mount (opens in new tab)
On the wall
Now if you want to go nuclear, then look no further than the HIDEit Xbox One S Wall Mount. The HIDEit Wall Mount is designed to perfectly fit your Xbox One S without impeding airflow, allowing you to mount it to a wall for those who want an extremely minimalist set-up. Our own Executive Editor Daniel Rubino is currently using one.
Xbox One X stands
PowerA Xbox One X stand (opens in new tab)
Close to official
There are cheaper options available (see below) but this clip-in stand from PowerA is as close to an official product as it gets. It looks a little tidier than other options out there, simply presenting as a wide black base to help keep your X stable.
Younik Xbox One X stand (opens in new tab)
Cheap and cheerful
This is the stand that I currently use, and while it isn't the prettiest option, it will keep your Xbox One X upright and vertical for the cheapest price. The wide base is ideal for keeping your Xbox One X stable, providing a degree of protection against unwanted knocks.
HIDEit Xbox One X mount (opens in new tab)
Stick it on the wall
If you want to mount your Xbox One X on the wall, HIDEit also makes a handy black stand perfectly sized for the Xbox One X. There'll be a bit of DIY involved to mount it on your wall, but it's a nice option if you want to hide it behind a TV or simply don't have the desk space for it.
That's a wrap!
I am currently using the Xbox One X stand from Younik (opens in new tab) to keep my console upright, and it works a treat. Our executive editor Daniel Rubino is a fan of the HIDEit mounts (opens in new tab) to keep his Xbox One tucked neatly away behind a TV, so be sure to take a look at his review as well.
Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
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