The Xbox Series X and its smaller sibling, the Series S, are both awesome consoles in their own right, with access to the best Xbox Game Pass games if you have a subscription. But there are a bunch of accessories out there that can elevate your fun, or just give your setup a more personal touch.
We’ve pulled together a bunch of our favorite ones below. Most of them are supplemental to the gaming experience, although some might be essential to you, like the Seagate storage expansion card so you can download more games, or a headset for chatting with friends or family. This post may be updated due to availability, or when new or noteworthy accessories hit the market.
Xbox Series X accessory starter kit
The Xbox Series X includes one black wireless controller, so you might need a second one if you have more than one gamer in your house, or if you just want one in a different color. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Xbox wireless controllers are relatively inexpensive, considering how feature-packed they are. Some colors of the Xbox wireless controller are pricier than others, although many of them commonly sell for under $50. Just be sure to buy some backup AA batteries to go along with it, or a recharging kit and dock.
Investing in a rechargeable controller kit provides you with a convenient way to keep your controllers topped off without spending a mint on disposable batteries. It’s also more convenient than swapping and charging rechargeable batteries. Our favorite is the $45 8BitDo dual charging dock, which comes packaged with a pair of rechargeable battery packs. Once those are installed, it can charge two controllers at once — and looks pretty slick doing it.
The Xbox Series X is billed as having a 1 TB SSD, but in reality, you have access to just 802 GB of it. The 512 GB in Microsoft’s Xbox Series S? More like 364 GB. With that amount of storage remaining, the allotted space for games, updates, and apps isn’t plentiful.
If you don’t mind paying an exorbitant price for up to 2 TB of extra storage, Seagate’s storage expansion cards are your best — and pretty much only — option. You simply insert this card into the back of your console, then set concerns about storage to the side (for now, at least).
You don’t need to spend a bunch on a headset. In fact, you can plug any set of wired headphones into your controller’s 3.5 mm jack for audio. However, if you’re looking for a wireless option that isn’t too expensive, and that has the best headset integration we’ve seen on a console in a while, check out Microsoft’s official Xbox Wireless headset.
It’s $99.99 (and sometimes less), and it delivers a comfy, easy-to-use experience for the price. Its volume and game/chat audio dials are its most novel design features, adjusting their levels as you rotate the left or right ear cups. These also have Bluetooth support, so you can connect your phone or tablet in case you need to take a call.
HIDEit mounts do the obvious: provide you with a sturdy, low-profile mounting solution for your console or controllers, in case you want to hide them. The controller mounts come in packs of two for around $18, and it’s a clever idea if you’re sick of leaving your gamepads lying on your coffee table.
The $30 Series X mount lets you attach your big Xbox to the wall either on its side or vertically. Now, before you say that you could get roughly the same effect from a cheaper floating shelf purchased from Ikea, as an example, hear me out: HIDEit mounts are designed like brackets, holding the console snugly by its dimensions — effectively locking it in place. So, it’s not the same kind of risk as putting it on a shelf, as your Xbox likely won’t take an unexpected 4-foot fall because your cat was feeling particularly spicy that day.
Best Xbox Series X controller
The Xbox wireless controller is an obvious inclusion, as it’s still one of the best controllers you can buy for your Xbox. The latest iteration of Microsoft’s Xbox wireless controller — the same one that ships with the Series X and Series S — doesn’t break with tradition. For fans of the Xbox One controller, it offers a similar look and feel, but comes with more features.
It’s compatible not just with your Xbox console, but also with PCs and mobile devices thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity. Compared to Sony’s DualSense, the Xbox wireless controller is available in a wider array of colors, and you can even make your own custom color scheme through the Xbox Design Lab for an additional fee.
It’s annoying that Microsoft’s controller uses AA batteries, as opposed to offering a rechargeable solution by default. However, at least its battery life is quite good. If you want to bypass batteries altogether, you can find affordable rechargeable kits, or simply use the controller wired by connecting it to your console or PC via USB.
If you’re looking for a wired controller with a long cable that’s a little more budget-friendly than Microsoft’s wireless option, the 8BitDo Ultimate wired controller is a good choice. It’s good at the fundamentals, but it’s on this list because of its deep customization through 8BitDo’s app, which is available via Xbox, Windows, Android, or iOS. Within the app, you can remap the face buttons and the back buttons. You can also set the sensitivity of sticks, adjust the actuation levels on your triggers, and more.
The Ultimate wired controller is available in pink, black, or white, and it isn’t trying to win awards for design, but that’s OK. It’s a rock-solid Xbox and PC controller that doesn’t cost too much.
The $100 Microsoft Adaptive Controller is worth mentioning because it’s designed specifically for players with limited mobility, and it’s compatible with a broad spectrum of inputs sold separately, like the $99.99 adaptive gaming kit from Logitech. The adaptive controller can also host up to 20 additional input devices ranging from foot pedals to mouth joysticks, all of which can be remapped to meet the needs of individual players. It’s compatible with Xbox consoles dating back to the Xbox One, plus PC.
Best Xbox Series X SSD
Unlike the PlayStation 5’s support for a wide range of M.2 SSDs (a beta in July 2023 added support for 8 TB SSDs), there are only a couple of options for giving your Xbox more super-fast storage. One comes in the form of Seagate’s proprietary storage expansion cards, one of which can be inserted into the back of your Series X or Series S console at a time. They are available in 1 TB ($149.99) or 2 TB sizes ($279.99), and they stand out compared to other Xbox hard drive options since they let you store and play the latest Xbox games from them (slower-spinning hard drives can only play Xbox One and earlier games stored on them).
The second option is the WD Black C50 expansion card, which is available in 512 GB ($89.99) or 1 TB ($124.99) configurations. In terms of performance and price, the C50 is essentially identical to Seagate’s expansion card, just with a tweaked form factor, plus the option of getting a smaller 512 GB drive, if you want one of those for some reason.
There isn’t much else to say about these expansion cards. They’re convenient, and they work as intended. But they’re way more expensive than they should be, especially next to similarly speedy M.2 SSDs that are falling in cost.
If you’re looking for a slightly more cost-effective option, Seagate also offers bulk hard drive storage for Xbox in the form of the Seagate Game Drive (starting at $92.49), which is available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 1 TB to a whopping 8 TB. While the Game Drive provides substantially more storage per dollar spent than Seagate’s pricey expansion cards, it’s more limited in what it can do.
You can play games from the Xbox One and earlier generations from it, and it can be used to hold save files, as well as Series X game installations. However, to play any Series X titles you may have stowed away on it, you’ll have to transfer them back to your console’s internal storage. This process is definitely less convenient, but it at least allows you to access your catalog of games without having to re-download them.
Best Xbox Series X headset
There are plenty of wireless headset options for the Xbox Series X, but the official Xbox Wireless Headset offers an excellent value for its $99.99 price. The simple and lightweight headset can be used with PCs, Xbox, or mobile devices via Bluetooth. The headset features a flexible boom mic, and volume controls that can be adjusted by twisting the outer part of the ear cup. One feature that makes this headset particularly well suited for the Xbox is its compatibility with the Xbox accessories app, which allows you to set custom sound profiles and fine-tune the mic’s behavior through your console. For more details on this awesome headset, you can check out The Verge’s full review.
Not everyone has the same size of brain cage, and that’s okay. As someone with an above average-sized skull, I can wholeheartedly endorse the Steelseries Arctis Nova 7X headset for anyone looking for a premium option that’s both incredibly comfortable and sounds great. While it does cost considerably more than the official Xbox Wireless Headset, the 7X is able to connect to devices using either Bluetooth or the included 2.4 GHz wireless dongle, allowing it to pair with Xbox, PC, Mac, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile devices.
If the only thing wrong with your current headset are the aged earcups, we suggest checking out Wicked Cushions’ lineup of aftermarket earcups. They are compatible with a wide range of headsets and headphones from Audio-Technica, Razer, Logitech, SteelSeries, HyperX, and more. Wicked Cushions earcups are available in a variety of interesting designs, and that stand out from stock cushions by offering breathable cooling gel and soft velour, in addition to the standard plush leatherette cushions.
Best Xbox Series X high-roller upgrades
Xbox is the home of the excellent Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon racing franchises, and what better way to enjoy tearing ass across the blacktop and dirt than with a force-feedback racing wheel, complete with a paddle shifters and pedals? We recommend checking out the Logitech G920 Driving Force wheel, which normally costs $299, but can currently be found for as low as $199.99 at Amazon.
The G920 racing wheel features all the navigation buttons you’d find on your typical Xbox controller, so you won’t have to awkwardly swap between input methods. The wheel itself provides live resistance and realistic feedback as you drive in-game. Any accessory that costs almost as much as an Xbox Series S isn’t to be taken lightly, but we can’t think of a better accessory for a motorhead that wants to experience the road from the comfort of their Xbox, or a PC.
At some point in your ownership of an Xbox, you’ve probably wondered: Should I buy the $179.99 Elite Series 2 controller? If you spend a good chunk of your time gaming on Xbox, PC, or both, we can get behind spending the cash equivalent of three standard wireless Xbox controllers on a single gamepad. However, by not getting one you shouldn’t feel as though you’re somehow subjecting yourself to an inferior gaming experience. You just won’t have as many buttons and other nice but nonessential features.
The Series 2 includes a hard case, swappable components, and adjustable analog stick tension, to name a few standout features. If you like the features offered by this premium controller but hate the price, Microsoft also makes the $104.99 Elite Series 2 Core controller, which has the same features as the Elite Series 2, but doesn’t ship with any of the extra accessories.
Update (Jan. 18): Checked all products for pricing and availability.