By Erika Lentz
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Xbox consoles have been around since the early 2000’s and we were recently introduced to the new Xbox Series X. This console has superior graphics, audio, and processing power compared to previous models. This powerhouse of a machine includes a 1 TB SSD, framerates up to 120 FPS, three cooling channels, and many other fantastic features to make your gaming experience truly the best it can be.
As we all know, there are a ton of gadgets available to help you with your gaming. You can’t reach top ranks in games like Call of Duty with poorly designed headsets, keyboards, and gaming mice. You have so many different options for these accessories, so we’ll help you get started. You’ll notice that there are accessories that cater to many different types of gamers, regardless of preference or ability. Read below for our list of the top 10 best Xbox Series X accessories to own.
This carrying case from CURMIO is perfect for gamers on the go. It is very well priced and comes in both black and grey options. This case is specifically designed for carrying sensitive electronic equipment; a computer/console, keyboard, controller, headset, etc. It has padded inserts and feet pads to keep your electronics safe. It also has a removable shoulder strap and is made of scratch, water, and wear resistant nylon.
The only issue we have with this carrying case is that it is bulky. This also makes it a bit heavy to carry around.
This universal remote is designed to work with several of the newer Xbox consoles, including the One, One S, One X, and Series X in addition to LG and Vizio TV’s (volume control only). It is compact and easy to use. It has typical remote controls as well as Xbox controls (ex. X, Y, A, B). This remote is also able to learn from other remotes so that you can combine multiple functionalities into just one remote; that way you don’t have to have 3 or 4 scattered all over the place.
Our main issue with this remote is that the buttons are not as responsive as on other remotes. So, you may need to click the buttons harder than you normally would in order to use this remote.
As far as console controllers go, this wireless controller is very reasonably priced and extremely popular among Xbox users. It is compatible with various Xbox systems as well as Windows 10 PC. It has a wireless range of 40 feet; 2x more than the previous Xbox One controllers. This wireless controller has a textured grip. You also have the option to map the buttons using the Xbox Accessories app.
The main complaint that we have about this controller is that it tends to break easily. For instance, buttons may become unresponsive and connections within the headphone jack or charging port may not work properly.
This headset from SteelSeries is one of the latest in the Arctis series. It has a fantastic 20-hour battery life. It also has a Clearcast microphone with noise cancellation, 3D surround sound, and On-Ear Chat Mix Control. This headset has AirWeave ear pads and headband to keep you cool while you game. The lightweight steel headband means this headset will last.
This headset is one of the more expensive options you can get. We notice that the connection can sometimes be pretty spotty, so audio may turn off on occasion.
This battery pack is useful for people who like to play with wireless controllers. As you know, these don’t always have the best battery life but you also don’t always want to be hooked into the console. That’s where these battery packs come in. These allow you to charge the controller while you play without having to plug it in. This battery pack charges in 4 hours when charging from the Xbox, itself. It has a battery life of 30 hours when fully charged.
We did notice that this battery pack tends to deteriorate quickly compared to other options. So, though it has a great battery life and charge time initially, these will worsen over time.
If portable chargers aren’t really your thing, then go for this dual controller charger from Fosmon. This station is easy to use; the controller simply clicks into place and charges. When you want to use it, just pick it up and go. This charger provides a battery life of roughly 30-33 hours. Of course, this does depend on the condition of your controller and the controller’s ability to hold a charge. It has an indicator to show when charging begins and when it is complete.
This charging station is cheap but we noticed that this it does not last very long compared to other options. We also noticed that this product was overheating on certain occasion.
These accessories from Razer are a fantastic keyboard and mouse combo. They are both wireless with battery lives of 11-43 and 30-50 hours, respectively, depending on whether or not the lighting is being used. The keyboard is mechanical and has an ergonomic wrist rest and dedicated Xbox key. This keyboard and mouse combo is rated for 50 million and 80 million clicks, respectively. The mouse has a max dpi of 16,000. The keyboard also has a built-in retractable mousepad, which is magnetic to prevent the mouse from slipping.
The main issue that we have with these accessories is that they have poor range. We noticed that even being only 5-10 feet away is enough to lose connection.
Our world is finally growing to includes people with disabilities in all spaces, including gaming. This adaptive controller is designed to help people with limited mobility play Xbox games without issue. It has all of the functionality of a regular Xbox controller and also works with a variety of other accessories; joysticks, switches, mounts, buttons, etc. This controller can also be customized with several player profiles and keymaps.
The only downside is that this controller is more expensive than regular Xbox controllers. Other than that, it is a wonderful option for everyone to be included in the gaming world.
This expansion card from Seagate is a solid state drive that lets you add 1TB of storage. This allows you to never have to worry about running out of storage space. Though many gamers stick to just a few core games, you shouldn’t have to. This expansion card replicates the Xbox Velocity Architecture so that your system continues to provide amazing graphics and immersive gameplay. You can also use the quick resume feature to switch between multiple games in just seconds.
This expansion card is fairly expensive but you also need to consider how much extra space you’re getting.
Of course, we can’t end this list without including the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller. This controller is a bit pricy but there are many reasons why any gamer would be appreciative of its quality. It is also a great alternative to scuf controllers if you’ve used those before. This controller is wireless and has a 40-hour battery life. It is compatible with the Xbox Series X and One as well as Windows 10. You are able to customize various configurations using the Xbox Accessories app. You can adjust features such as thumb stick tension, hair trigger locks, and more. With these various customizations, you can also save up to 3 custom and 1 default profile. This way, you won’t need to reprogram every time someone new wants to use the controller. This controller is also comfortable to hold and has a rubberized grip.
We noticed that the buttons on this controller tend to stick and that the analog stick may drift out of place. You may also need press buttons harder than normal to get them to register.
Xbox is one of the most popular gaming consoles of our generation and it’s easy to see why. With the new Xbox Series X, you get a ton of great features. You can also make the experience even better with the wonderful accessories listed here. Whether you prefer a controller or keyboard and mouse, wireless or wired setup, etc., these are fantastic choices. Xbox did a great job here of making sure that everyone is included, no matter your preferences or abilities. So whatever type of gamer you are, check out these accessories and jump into some great fun.