We are getting closer and closer to the first anniversary of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X / S consoles.
In November 2020, Microsoft expanded the Xbox family with two next-generation consoles. The Xbox Series X is a high-end console aimed at consumers looking for the latest and greatest hardware, while the S Series is an entry-level console for gamers who don’t need 4K graphics. Since its launch, Microsoft and its third-party partners have released accessories for the new consoles, the gaming experience.
What distinguishes the Xbox Series X / S from the PlayStation 5 and Switch is that many accessories and peripherals from the Xbox One generation are compatible with the new consoles. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t new and improved controllers, headphones, and chargers. Is it worth the money to spend on the latest headphones? We have made the following list to help you decide.
Here are the best accessories for Xbox Series X / S.
Xbox Wireless Headset
Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Headphones are great entry-level gaming headsets for gamers. The wireless headphones feature Bluetooth audio with buttons to pair the headphones and mute the microphone. It also has rotating ear cups that adjust the volume as you play.
The Xbox Wireless Headphones are compatible with Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone: X. In addition, the headphones will allow you to play thanks to its 15-hour battery life.
Microsoft recently released the Xbox Stereo Headset, a cheaper wired counterpart to the Xbox Wireless Headset if wireless functionality isn’t a must-have feature. To learn more about the Xbox Wireless Headset, check out our accessory story from earlier this year.
Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset – $ 129
Xbox Wireless Controller
The new Xbox Wireless Controller is an iterative redesign of the Xbox One controller that was developed for release alongside the Xbox Series X / S. It features minor design enhancements such as textured grips, textured triggers, and a new D-Pad.
On top of that, the Xbox Wireless Controller features a new Share button to easily take screenshots and record gameplay. And the controller can also be used on your mobile device and tablet thanks to the included Bluetooth.
Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller
It’s hard to talk about Xbox controllers without mentioning the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. Our own Patrick O’Rourke called it the best gamepad he’s ever used. This high-end version of the Xbox controller is designed for gamers who want more customization options when gaming.
The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller is Bluetooth enabled and can be paired with Xbox consoles, mobile devices, and PCs. The controller also comes with interchangeable joysticks, D-Pad options, and rear paddles. Additionally, players can remap their buttons and create three “profiles” to use based on the games or genres they are playing.
Seagate Storage Expansion Card – 1TB
As of now, the Xbox Series X is available with 1TB SSD memory and the Xbox Series S supports 512GB. However, in both cases, the system files are almost 200 GB. To get more SSD space, Microsoft has partnered with Seagate for a 1TB expansion card.
With this SSD expansion, you’ll be able to preserve those fast charging speeds offered by the internal SSD while taking advantage of key features like Xbox Velocity Architecture, which improves gaming performance through backward compatibility.
Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller
In addition to updating its consoles, Microsoft has also expanded its Xbox Cloud Gaming initiative. With cloud gaming now accessible on iOS and Android via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, bringing the touch controller experience to mobile devices has become essential.
Razer’s Kishi Mobile Gaming Controller mirrors the Xbox controller. You’ll find the same button layout and asymmetric control sticks. And when not in use, the Kishi controller is foldable, making it a great travel companion.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Headphones
For Xbox users looking for an alternative to Microsoft’s own offering, Turtle Beach has launched its own high-end headsets. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset is the company’s premium offering for Bluetooth audio. It’s comfortable for long gaming sessions thanks to Aerofit cooling gel ear cushions, even with glasses.
The headset has 50mm Nanoclear speakers for crystal-clear audio, and you’ll find separate on-ear controls for game and chat volume along with sync functionality. The headset also features a flip-to-mute microphone that conforms to the design of the headset.
Thrustmaster TMX Racing Wheel
A staple of the Xbox game catalog is the Forza franchise. Between Forza Motorsport and the open-world Forza Horizon series, racing games are a big part of the Xbox game lineup. With Forza Horizon 5 nearing release, it’s a great time to invest in a racing wheel.
Thrustmaster TMX Racing Wheel is designed for Xbox and PC consoles. The design is designed with ergonomics in mind, dividing the buttons between both sides of the steering wheel. Thrustmaster also includes a pedal set that features a wide footrest, adjustable pedals, and a brake pedal.
Dual PowerA charging station
PowerA has a compact and easy-to-use charging station for Xbox gamers. The charger includes two 1100 mAh rechargeable batteries to insert into Xbox controllers, replacing the need for AA batteries.
The charging station supports two controllers at a time to ensure you always have a controller for your next gaming session. The stand itself is designed with minimalism in mind, so it won’t stand out next to your console or screen.
There are many options available to Xbox gamers looking to expand their accessory line. With everything from entry-level headphones to high-end devices to expand your storage, Microsoft and its partners have accessories for every type of player.
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