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If you bought an Xbox Series X or S a year ago, your selection of accessories mostly boiled down to aging gear designed for the latest generation systems. Now, there are many more ways to improve your Xbox experience. Maybe you need a better controller to optimize your Psychonauts 2 races, a clearer helmet to chat with teammates in Apex Legends, or maybe your storage space is low. Here are some of the best Xbox accessories you can buy today.

Controllers: get stylish, get pro

Microsoft

It’s always a good idea to have a second controller on hand. Even if you don’t play multiplayer games a lot, you’ll wish you were prepared for a casual friend or family member who Mortal combat match. And at the very least, it’s wise to have a replacement if something goes wrong with your primary controller. (We’ve all smashed our gamepads against the wall for one reason or another – without judgment.)

So that you might just get another original Microsoft controller, there are many options to consider. the Anniversary Edition Gamepad is just a little more expensive at $ 70, and it has a chic translucent design that will look great on your coffee table. If you are looking for something with a little more color, the gorgeous Limited Edition Forza Horizon 5 the model is still there. If you find yourself burning a lot of AA batteries, consider a rechargeable solution like PowerA Dual Controller Bay. It comes with two batteries and lets you charge your gamepads in style.

Buy an Xbox Wireless Controller from Microsoft – $ 60
Buy the Anniversary Edition Controller on Amazon – $ 100
Buy a Forza Horizon 5 controller from Microsoft – $ 75
Buy a PowerA Charging Station on Amazon – $ 25

8Bitdo Pro 2 Controller

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For dedicated Xbox gamers, Microsoft 2nd Generation Elite Gamepad may be worth the investment. It has replaceable joysticks, back buttons, and a comfortable grip. Not to mention, it’s one of the few Xbox gamepads that you can charge via USB-C.

If you are more interested in older games or just looking for a different style of controller, we are also big fans of Pro 2 by 8BitDo. It’s incredibly comfortable, and its directional pad is one of the best around. It also makes a great controller for PC gaming (although any recent Xbox controller will work on computers over Bluetooth as well).

Buy the Elite Controller on Amazon – $ 180
Buy 8Bitdo Pro 2 on Amazon – $ 50

Specialty controllers are cool again!

Logitech G923 racing wheel

Logitech

If you play Microsoft Flight Simulator long enough, you’ll find that you can only go as far as with a standard gamepad. It’s time for a flying stick! After chatting with flight sim fanatics and reading plenty of reviews, we recommend that you jump on Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas One Joystick. It offers realistic five-axis control, fourteen buttons and a detachable throttle. And unlike some clunky PC solutions, it’s compact enough to fit on a coffee table or desk. (You can Also use it with a computer, if desired.)

If you’re more into cars, we were impressed with The Logitech G923 racing wheel. It looks like a real steering wheel, with a comfortable grip, steel shift paddles and a trio of solid pedals. When secured to a table, it offers a surprisingly realistic driving experience – to better cross Mexico in Forza Horizon 5. It’s certainly pricey at $ 400, but it’s an investment that will last for many racing games to come.

Buy the T-Flight Hotas One joystick on Amazon – $ 90
Buy the Logitech G923 Racing Wheel on Amazon – $ 400

Increase your storage

Xbox Seagate Storage Expansion Card

Seagate

If you’ve been lucky enough to get a new Xbox Series X or S at launch, chances are you are already familiar with their storage limitations. Fortunately, you can easily give yourself a little more leeway with one of the Seagate Storage Expansion Cards, which are just as fast as the fast SSDs inside consoles. In addition to the 1TB card arriving at launch, Seagate also recently unveiled 512GB and 2TB options. We recommend going with the 1TB option at this point, though – spending $ 400 on the 2 To just seems excessive.

You can also connect traditional hard drives, such as Seagate 2TB Game Drive, to Xbox Series X and S via USB. They’re way too slow to run current generation games at their full speed, but they do give you a load of storage for a much cheaper price. They are useful for playing original Xbox games as well as 360. And they can also be used as “cold storage” to free up space on your precious SSD. Newer games can easily move back and forth between these discs, so you don’t have to download them again.

Buy Seagate Expansion Card (1TB) on Amazon – $ 220
Buy Seagate Game Drive (2TB) on Amazon – $ 130

Adjust your sound

SteelSeries Arctis 9X

Engaged

You deserve better than your crappy TV speakers. While you can just plug whatever headphones you have into your Xbox controller, we recommend investing in a sturdy pair of wireless headphones. They’ll probably sound better and they’ll take the cord problem out of the way altogether. SteelSeries Arctis 9X are one of the better options, featuring beefy riders, a comfortable fit, and a sturdy build quality. We were impressed in our hands-on tests because they sounded just as good as the company’s excellent Arctis Pro PC headsets.

Buy SteelSeries Arctis 9X on Amazon – $ 200

8Bitdo multimedia remote control

8Bitdo

Tired of controlling Netflix playback with your controller? So hold on 8BitDo multimedia remote control. Available in long and short designs (the latter eliminates numbers and other superfluous buttons), these are well-designed remotes that match the sleek aesthetic of the Xbox. I’ve used the short model to control 4K Blu-rays and tons of streaming apps, and it’s a lot easier to use than a controller when it comes to fast-forwarding. Now I don’t have to put my glass down to move on to another chapter.

Buy 8Bitdo Media Remote on Amazon – $ 20


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