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The ultimate Xbox gift guide for the 2018 holiday season

Echo Dot and Xbox
Echo Dot and Xbox (Image credit: Windows Central)

Deck the halls, friends, for the holiday season is nearly here. Again. Soon, we'll be spending time with our loved ones ditching work, closing all the curtains, and gaming. With Christmas pizza, and hopefully, hard Christmas liquor.

In any case, you may be wanting to know where to splash the cash on your gaming loved ones this holiday season. We have some expertise in this area, and would like to make some suggestions!

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Amazon Echo

★ Top pick

An Amazon Echo? For an Xbox? But why? You might be asking. Well, recently, Microsoft enabled voice commands through Amazon's voice-assisted Echo speakers for the US and the UK, allowing you to issue commands such as "Alexa, turn on my Xbox" and "Alexa, play Battlefield V" without lifting a controller. It can also link up with a television too, via the Xbox One's IR blaster. This is a great addition for any Xbox gamer's toolkit.

Something for everyone!

A lot of the products I've used and tested personally, and if I had to recommend a couple above all others, one would be an Amazon Echo. Alexa has totally supplanted Microsoft's own digital assistant, Cortana. While it'll never be as speedy as the native voice commands were with the old Xbox Kinect, Alexa is far, far more versatile. The second product I would recommend is Turtle Beach's Elite Atlas headset. It has been quite a while since I've been so thoroughly impressed with the audio quality, style, construction, and price point of a headset. Turtle Beach really knocked it out of the park with that one.

Which ever you choose, as we head further into the holiday season, have a great time from everyone here at Windows Central!

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!