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Microsoft’s Xbox brand now includes more than hardware; Xbox Gift Cards can be used to purchase thousands of games, apps, movies, and TV shows. Even if you don’t own an Xbox console, Xbox gift card credit can be redeemed online at the Microsoft Store to purchase games and movies on a Windows PC.

This makes an Xbox Gift Card a particularly convenient and versatile gift for gamers and entertainment enthusiasts. Xbox Gift Cards can also be used to help kids manage spending on game purchases and in-game microtransactions, and help adults avoid having their credit card accessed from an Xbox console.

How to Buy an Xbox Gift Card

You can purchase a digital Xbox gift card from Microsoft, Amazon, and other retailers for instant redemption online. Make your purchase in the Microsoft Store and you’ll receive an email with a digital gift code to send to your gift recipient.

You can select any total dollar amount between $1 and $80, or a higher amount of $85, $90, $95, or $100. Physical gift cards are also available at retail stores in quantities of $15, $25, $50and $100.

Most digital content purchased from common Microsoft and Xbox stores can be shared between Xbox and Windows devices, so your movie collection will be preserved. Many games will also automatically transfer your purchase and save data between Windows and Xbox through your Microsoft account.

Xbox Gift Cards can also be used to purchase Xbox hardware like consoles and controllers directly from the Microsoft Store. While new consoles like the Xbox Series X and Series S have limited inventory, official peripherals like controllers and headsets can be purchased with Xbox Gift Card credit.

You can also buy gift cards for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft also sells specific gift cards for Xbox Live Gold, the service needed to play most Xbox games online, and Xbox Game Pass, a monthly subscription service that gives gamers access to over 100 games. .

You can actually pay for these services using a regular Xbox gift card in the Microsoft Store, but Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold gift cards often get deep discounts during sales events like Black Friday. .

For example, you can sometimes find a three-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gift card that usually costs $45 on sale for $30. While the current deal price isn’t quite as low, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is currently $5 on Amazon.

If you’re looking for other Xbox gift ideas, Microsoft is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Xbox this year with a ton of special edition collectibles that are all available through the Microsoft Store.

Michael N. Clark