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3 Great VPNs for Xbox in 2022

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If you value your privacy when you're playing on your Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X gaming console, a VPN is a must-have. 

While there's a multitude of VPN providers to choose from, not all of them offer competitive speeds, not all of them work with video streaming and only some of them support Microsoft's Xbox platform. That's why we've researched and hands-on tested all the major VPN players to find the best VPN for Xbox. All of our top picks for the best VPNs for Xbox offer competitive speeds, are totally secure and will work seamlessly on your Xbox, without slowing you down. 

These VPNs can also be used through any type of internet connection like a Wi-Fi router, Ethernet cable or mobile hotspot. So if you want to get past geo-blocking, keep your connection speed up, prevent bandwidth throttling and protect yourself against a potential DDoS attack, each VPN provider listed here will do all that and more.  

Keep in mind that this is an evolving list as we continue to do more research and testing. Be sure to check back regularly since we'll be updating this guide when new Xbox VPN options become available. In the meantime, for help getting your VPN up and running on your Xbox console, check out how to set up a VPN on Xbox. Below, you'll find our recommendations for the best VPN for Xbox.

Editors' note, Feb. 9, 2022: The VPN industry has undergone significant change in the past few months, with all three of our top VPN choices announcing major changes in corporate ownership. In December, ExpressVPN announced that it had officially joined Kape Technologies, a company that already owns several other VPNs and has raised privacy concerns in the past. In February, NordVPN and Surfshark announced the two companies were merging, though they'll continue to operate autonomously. We're in the process of re-evaluating all of our top picks in light of these changes. We will update our reviews and, if necessary, our rankings to account for this new competitive landscape. 

ExpressVPN

IP address number: 30,000 

Number of servers: 3,000-plus in 94 countries 

Number of simultaneous connections:

Cost: Three months free with one-year plan

When you're gaming, speed is key, isn't it? ExpressVPN consistently bests the biggest VPN providers in the industry in both our own speed tests and those of other review sites. Yes, this paid VPN service is more expensive than the other two gaming VPN options listed here, but for the extra dollar per month you're getting insane speeds, which is important when you're looking for the best VPN for Xbox One or any other Xbox device. The use of any virtual private network can typically cut your internet speed by half or more, but when we ran speed tests on ExpressVPN, we found it reduced our overall internet speeds by less than 2%. To get the most out of ExpressVPN they recommend installing their app on your router or using a pre configured router to access unlimited connections with a single subscription. Port forwarding can be done using the ExpressVPN router app to speed up your internet connection.

Like the other two providers on this list, ExpressVPN imposes no data caps and offers unlimited VPN server switching among its 100% RAM-disk network. That last bit is a major security boost if you're looking to keep nosy internet service providers out of your business. If that's you, it's also worth pointing out that ExpressVPN's no-logs policy was put to the test back in 2017 when Turkish authorities demanded the VPN company hand over usage logs during the investigation of an ambassador. Having kept no logs, ExpressVPN had nothing to offer when its servers were seized. 

Unfortunately, ExpressVPN only offers five simultaneous connections compared to NordVPN's six and IPVanish's 10. 

Read our ExpressVPN review.

 

ExpressVPN

  • Competitive speeds
  • Solid security suite
  • Company is based in privacy-friendly jurisdiction
$6.67/mo (billed as $99.95/yr)
NordVPN

IP address number: 5,000 

Number of servers: 5,200-plus in 62 countries

Number of simultaneous connections:

Cost: $3.29 per month (72% discount) for a two-year plan

If you want a VPN client whose network connection isn't going to drop out on you mid-headshot, go with NordVPN. Known for its vast, reliable VPN network, solid VPN connectivity, best internet sharing and competitive speeds, NordVPN's bang-for-buck ratio simply can't be beat right now, which is why it's among our picks of the best VPN for Xbox One.

Though not as fast as ExpressVPN in our speed tests, NordVPN only cut our internet speed by a third, while most VPNs reduce it by half or more. Nord's Singapore servers, however, left every other VPN service provider in the dust. To double up your security, NordVPN provides Double VPN feature included in the NordVPN subscription package.

Despite a security breach reported in 2019, NordVPN is also a strong bet on security. The limited nature of the breach, the rapid call for a full-network security audit, and the prompt move to switch all of its network settings to exclusively RAM-disk (a much more secure operation) has allowed it to keep its reputation as a valuable tool for the privacy-minded VPN user. 

Like all the VPNs listed here, NordVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee. 

Read our NordVPN review.

 

NordVPN

  • Reliable, competitive speeds
  • RAM-disk servers
  • Feature-rich software
$3.29/mo for 2-yr plan
IPVanish

IP address number: 40,000

Number of servers: 1,600-plus in 75 countries 

Number of simultaneous connections: 10 

Costs: $3.99 per month (63% discount) for a yearly plan

IPVanish has grown more competitive with speeds in the past year and is surging ahead of other mid-tier VPN services to become known as a solid, low-latency VPN provider with tiny ping times, solid functionality, unlimited bandwidth and an extended international server network. 

This VPN app uses less than half the total number of servers held by ExpressVPN, but about 10,000 more IP addresses to stay ahead of the race. Its fun, configurable interface allows you the option of choosing the speediest VPN connection at any given moment to hop from country to country. 

IPVanish walked out of our review with fewer marks for privacy than the above competitors, but for the purposes of bypassing geo-blocked streaming services like Netflix, it gave us no trouble at all. Perhaps best of all, IPVanish VPN offers unlimited simultaneous connections on its basic account. The more the merrier. 

Read our IPVanish review.

 

IPVanish

  • Competitive speeds
  • Interface encourages learning
  • 10 simultaneous connections
$3.99/mo (billed as $89.99/yr)

FAQs

What's the best VPN for Xbox?

  • ExpressVPN received a CNET Editors' Choice Award for best overall VPN. We evaluate VPNs based on their overall performance in three main categories: speed, security and price. Express isn't the cheapest, but it's among the fastest and, so far, is the most secure. (Note that we're currently re-evaluating ExpressVPN based on the news mentioned above.)
  • NordVPN is a die-hard heavy hitter. It has an enormous network that's constantly getting faster and more secure and is easily the most reliable service we've tested.
  • IPVanish, our third choice, offers competitive speeds and has one of the best user interfaces, encouraging you to get under the hood and learn the mechanics powering the technology. 

Why do you need a VPN on your Xbox?

Investing in a VPN to protect your Xbox's privacy opens up a slew of benefits: You can more easily join games on servers around the world, circumvent geoblocking restrictions on YouTube and Netflix content, and dodge any shady data-throttling practices your internet service provider tries to pull. 

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