So you got your hands on a brand new Xbox Series S or X. Now what? Time to up your game in a meaningful way with some of the best accessories for your new console, of course. Whether that’s a new headset, controller, or more storage, these are the accessories you need.
Update, 8/5/21: Vetted all picks for accuracy and relevance. Added new picks for the best budget controller, more affordable wireless headset, and the Trifecta stand.
A new console means new controllers, and while the Series X/S controller may appear to be the exact same as the Xbox One there are some small changes. The controller’s shape is slightly different, the D-Pad has been changed, the grips are more textured, it now has a USB-C port, and there’s a new “Share” button for sharing video clips and screenshots. Those improvements are nice to see even if there aren’t any groundbreaking new features.
If you’re looking to save some money but still want to stick with Microsoft, then Xbox One controllers will work on the Series X/S if you’ve got some lying around or can find them on the cheap.
Xbox Wireless Controller – Daystrike Camo Special Edition for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 Devices
The latest rendition of the Xbox controller with small but important improvements.
You don’t always need a high-end controller, especially if you’re just looking for spares to have for local multiplayer games. To that effect, this wired controller from PowerA is more affordable than Microsoft’s offering while retaining most of what makes the Core Controller great. The shape is basically the same, the buttons use the same layout (including the “Share” button for sharing video clips and screenshots), and there are even two additional back buttons for extra actions.
It’s a solid controller that offers a lot for the money, and the lengthy 10 foot cord helps alleviate some of the frustrations that a wired connection brings. On top of that, it’s available in a ton of different colors and styles aside from the standard black model you see above.
PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller
PowerA took what Microsoft built and made it wired and more affordable without losing the core features.
The new Xbox controllers still rely on AA batteries for power, but the PowerA charging station solves that. Not only will this station hold and charge two controllers at once, but it also comes with two rechargeable battery packs that last 40 hours on a full charge each. If you don’t want to deal with constantly replacing batteries, then this is the best alternative for sure.
PowerA Dual Charging Station for Xbox - Black, Wireless Controller Charging, Charge, Rechargeable Battery, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One - Xbox Series X
Keep two Xbox Core controllers charged and ready to go on this stand.
For many games, keyboard and mouse tends to reign supreme as the best way to control them. And the Xbox Series X/S does support a keyboard and mouse for input, but if you still want to play on the couch that’s difficult to set up properly. Fortunately, Razer has the solution: The Turret rests on your lap while playing, features a full tenkeyless keyboard, and an extendable mouse pad with an included mouse. It also has a dedicated “Xbox” key for bringing up the Xbox dashboard.
It’s a pricey solution to be sure, but it’s also the best solution to this problem. The Turret was originally released for the Xbox One but has already been confirmed to be compatible with the Series X/S. The Turret is fully wireless and has a battery life of 50 hours with the lighting off, and 11 – 30 hours with it on.
Razer Turret Wireless Gaming Keyboard & Mouse for Xbox One - Mechanical Switches
Take mouse and keyboard gaming to the couch with this lap-based keyboard.
The Xbox One proved itself as being a great device for viewing movies, shows, and videos on top of playing games. And with basically every major streaming platform available for the system, the same will probably be said for the Series X/S. Because of that, having a dedicated media remote is going to be useful, and the PDP remote is a great choice as it was specifically designed for the Xbox.
It features media, volume, and navigation controls along with the standard Xbox buttons for specific menus. It’s a well-thought-out remote, and it’s perfect for navigating all your favorite streaming platforms.
PDP Gaming Remote Control: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox
A media remote for navigating and managing all the streaming platforms available on Xbox.
Internal storage is always an issue when it comes to modern games, but this expansion card from Seagate will solve some of those woes. It simply slots into the console and grants an additional terabyte of high-speed storage.
It’s definitely pricey, so if you’d some less expensive options then there’s the Seagate external SSD and external HDD which both supply more storage for less and simply plug into the console through USB-A cords. When deciding between the two latter options, it’s worth keeping in mind that the HDD is slower at loading data than the SSD.
Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S 1TB Solid State Drive - NVMe Expansion SSD for Xbox Series X|S (STJR1000400)
A simple slot-in storage card that delivers 1 TB of high-speed storage.
Communication is an essential part of many online games, and the HS75 makes sure you have everything you need for voice chats. The immersive Dolby Atmos tech creates a convincing virtual surround sound effect and the premium build quality makes this headset worth its price. The HS75 is fully wireless, has a range of up to 30 feet (so it’ll definitely reach the couch), and a battery life of 20 hours. The microphone is detachable when it’s not in use and you mute it quickly with a push of a button.
Corsair HS75 XB Wireless Gaming Headset for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One
A premium wireless gaming headset with some neat features thrown in.
If you’re looking to chat with teammates for less, then Microsoft’s official wireless headset offers an impressive package for the price. The headset is thin and light so it’s very comfortable, but it also has a few tricks up its sleeve. The earcup features a rotatable dial for volume control, you can mute at the push of a button, and the microphone features auto-mute and voice isolation to help deal with background noise. There’s also virtual surround sound for a more immersive experience, and since it connects over Bluetooth, you can also use these with your phone, computer, or tablet.
The Wireless Headset’s battery lasts for up to 15 hours and notably lacks an aux port for wired connection. If you want to use these wired, then the USB-C charging port can double as an audio port.
Xbox Wireless Headset
Microsoft's official headset which offers great sound and a solid list of features.
dbrand is one of the best skin makers around, and it’s already put Xbox Series X/S skins into production. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to colors and materials, and you can choose different options for each side of the console. You can also get skins for the controller to match the console itself.
There are some great racing games out for the Series X already such as Forza Horizons 4 and Forza Motorsport 7. And it’s only a matter of time before new racing games are announced (a new Forza Motorsport already was), so why not get ahead of the curve with a proper racing setup? The G923 is an advanced racing wheel featuring intense force feedback, a full set of included pedals, and premium build quality. For racing enthusiasts, this is the controller to use—even if finding a place to put it can be a bit complicated.
Logitech G923 Racing Wheel and Pedals for Xbox X|S, Xbox One and PC featuring TRUEFORCE up to 1000 Hz Force Feedback, Responsive Pedal, Dual Clutch Launch Control, and Genuine Leather Wheel Cover
For racing enthusiasts, this steering wheel will immerse you in whatever great racing titles you plan on your Xbox.
While most of the products we’ve discussed today help you while you’re playing on the Xbox in some way, the Trifecta is solely for show. This wooden display features a place to put your Xbox Series X or S, favorite controller, and headset. You can choose from three different wood types (Walnut, White Oak, and Maple) and even order custom requests for certain materials and shapes, but you’ll have to get in contact with the company first. If you want a great way to display your new console and accessories, this is an elegant and functional option.