If you've been lucky enough to pick up an Xbox Series X or S, you are at the forefront of this next generation of console gaming. Assuming you've already got a fancy 4K television to go alongside your Xbox Series X, perhaps the next way you can take your gaming experience to the next level is with some handy accessories.
In this guide we'll be looking at the best controllers and accessories for the Xbox Series X. These are all great options to put on your Christmas wishlist...
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Xbox Series X Controllers
Let's start with the most obvious thing to go with your Xbox Series X or S - another controller so your friends and family can join in with all the fun. The three options currently are Carbon Black, Robot White or the fetching Shock Blue colourway.
Don't forget that Xbox One controllers are also cross-compatible with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and even these brand-new Xbox Series designs will work on the Xbox One as well!
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
If you've got deep pockets then the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is a perfect fit for the Xbox Series X. So what's so special about this then? How about adjustable-tension thumbsticks, shorter hair trigger locks and the coveted wrap-around rubberised grip?
It comes complete with a fancy storage case and a set of 6 interchangeable thumbsticks and 2 interchangeable d-pads. While you might find the price hard to stomach, dedicated Xbox gamers swear by the improved gameplay experience they get when they use this controller. Aren't your tired thumbs worth a bit of pampering?
Xbox Series X Controller Battery Pack
While some people appreciate the flexibility afforded by using AA batteries to power the Xbox wireless controllers, it can be a bit of a faff changing the batteries over - also spare a thought for the environment!
We'd recommend using the official Xbox controller battery pack, which fits into the slot where the AA batteries go and allows you to charge with your USB-C cable. Third-party options are available too at a slightly cheaper price.
Xbox Adaptive Controller
At first glance the Xbox Adaptive Controller might seem a bit unorthodox, but Microsoft really needs to be applauded for working to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility. The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unified hub which connects to external switches, buttons, mounts, and joysticks to help make gaming more accessible.
Xbox Series X Headsets
Sure you've got a crisp 4K image being beamed into your eyeballs when you play your Xbox Series X, but what about the sound? With the right headset you will be much more immersed in your game, and your teammates online will give you extra props for not having a crackly mic.
Our 3 favourite Xbox Series X headsets are Razer Kaira Pro, SteelSeries Arctis 9X and Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2. These all offer superb audio quality, and the wireless audio gets beamed directly to the headset.
For more options, be sure to check out our dedicated guide for the best Xbox Series X headsets.
Seagate Storage Expansion SSD Card for Xbox Series X|S
We've reviewed the Seagate Storage Expansion SSD Card for Xbox Series X|S if you want to find out all the details about this bad boy, but in short this SSD is designed specifically for the Xbox Series X to take advantage of the Velocity Architecture. If you find you are running out of space on the internal SSD storage drive, then this is the best option for you.
The extra 1TB on offer here will merge seamlessly with your internal SSD and games will load off it at exactly the same speed as the internal SSD. What's not to like? (well aside from the price!)
External HDD For Xbox Series X|S
If you don't mind slightly longer loading times, then you should know you can boot Xbox One and Xbox 360 games from an external USB 3.1 hard drive or SSD. You can get these in much larger sizes than 1TB also and at a much more affordable price.
Aside from the slower speeds, the big downside is that you can only store the data for Series X games on here to move to your internal SSD in order to play the game. So while this is more convenient than having to redownload that 100GB game all over again, it's definitely not as cool as the Seagate Expansion SSD card. But hey, it's a big saving!
PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller for Xbox Series X|S
If you don't fancy buying an expensive official Xbox controller for the player two in your life, then these wired options from PowerA are really a nice cost effective option. They come with the new share button as found on the official controller, as well as dual rumble motors and mappable Advanced Gaming Buttons.
In a range of cool colours, you can really express yourself with one of these charming controllers.
Media Remote for Xbox Series X|S
Stop fumbling around with your game controller trying to navigate through movies and music. These Media Remotes for Xbox Series X are designed to make it easier to control your Blu-ray movies, streaming video, apps, and more with their simple TV remote layout.
Don't forget that Xbox One Media Remotes also work on Xbox Series X as well!
So these are our favourite controllers and accessories to go with your Xbox Series X|S. Which accessories would you say are essential? Let us know with a comment below...