The best Xbox Series X accessories will help you upgrade your gaming setup into the one you've always dreamed of. So many great games on Xbox Series X come straight to Game Pass, which might help to free up some budget for affording a new controller, a better headset, or even a charging stand. We've listed a few of the best of each accessory down below, and many of them will make great gifts for a special someone too.
First on most people's lists is usually an additional controller of some kind. These often come in really handy whether you want to play co-op games, need a spare for when one runs out of battery, or want a few more buttons at your disposal for competitive play. Many Xbox Series X bundles will offer an extra controller, but it's well worth investing in if you pick up a console by itself.
Next on your shopping list should be a headset. There are so, so many options out there for audio nowadays, which means you don't need to spend big to obtain high-quality sound - even budget cups can carry a detailed soundscape and punch through with some crisp sound effects. Once you've got a spare controller and a headset under your belt, you'll be all set. However, you can also take things a step further and investigate some additional storage options and discounts on services like Game Pass to get even more out of your console.
We've put together all the best Xbox Series X accessories, drawing on our own personal experience living and playing with headsets, controllers, chargers, and more. You'll also find that many of the best Xbox One accessories are also compatible with the new platform.
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You'll find all our favorite Xbox Series X accessories listed just below. If you're looking to make the most of that low Xbox Series S price, it's worth noting that all of these accessories are compatible with the cheaper console as well.
Xbox Series X controllers
The Xbox Elite Series 2 doesn't reinvent the super customizable design ethos of the original model, but refines some of its best features and expands on others to product the most luxurious gamepad the Xbox has seen so far. We were blown away by the new software improvements, being able to completely remap the gamepad with a new menu of inputs, but of course you're still getting those magnetically replaceable paddles, analog sticks, and d-pads.
We were pleased to note that the textured surface running along the grips now runs over the full length of the leg, offering far greater support. In all our testing we didn't notice anything to suggest that this cover will be prone to scratching or wearing away either.
It should already be obvious, but the Xbox Elite Series 2 is designed for those who want to tweak every little aspect of their experience - and it offers the freedom to do just that. The new model takes its analog sticks even further as well, thanks to adjustable tension. We tightened those sticks for competitive titles like Mortal Kombat 11 and Gears 5, and found the new settings particularly handy for those who like a more precise level of control and a faster snap back to neutral position.
Similarly, the Elite Series 2 seems to have taken a note from one of our favorite controllers; the Razer Wolverine Ultimate. Buttons eschew the squish of the classic Wireless Controller in favor of a much tighter, clicky feel with a lower travel distance.
All of those features work incredibly hard to justify the higher price tag of the Elite Series 2, making it one of the best Xbox Series X accessories to pass our palms in a long time.
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This is the same Xbox Series X controller that you get with the console (black with the Series X and white with the Series S). It's a refinement more than an upgrade on the Xbox One controller, with improved grip, a more compact design, and (finally!) a proper share button for captures.
The Xbox Series X controller runs on batteries, so there's not an immediate need to pick up an extra one to make sure you always have one charged and good to go, but there's still plenty of reason to pick one up.
Local multiplayer being the most obvious excuse, but Microsoft has been smart early on and has released the new console's controller in a variety of different colors. Sure you could pick up a black or white one, but we're very much taken with the new Robot Blue and Pulse Red options. We often see them go for a slightly higher price, but we think the cool effect is worth it. The price comparison chart above is for the black one, but we've listed prices for the other colors below too.
There are fancier controllers out there (see above), but the official standard option is the best all-rounder for the price and one best suited for most players.
The Turtle Beach React-R only recently hit the shelves, but it's stolen the budget crown from the Recon Controller. While both gamepads offer particularly strong value for money, the React-R's $39.99 / £34.99 price tag can't be argued with. This is about as cheap as Xbox Series X accessories (worth buying) go, and considering you're still getting a solid feel in the hand, plenty of extra features, and excellent attention to detail, the latest Turtle Beach gamepad is by far the best affordable option.
You are dropping Pro Aim mode and rubberized grips from the slightly more expensive Recon model. However, there's still a nice tactile surface to hold onto, on-the-fly remappable paddles, and the brand's Superhuman Hearing tech baked in here. That's plenty of kit for under $40, representing stunning value for money.
In our testing, we found the whole gamepad comfortable to use, even over longer periods of time. We particularly celebrated the snappy thumbsticks and larger paddle sizes compared to other budget offerings like the PowerA Enhanced Wired controller. The shoulder buttons do give this price tag away a little, feeling slightly hollow with every press. However, if you're looking to refit with the best Xbox Series X accessories on a budget, the Turtle Beach React-R is a must-see.
Read more: Turtle Beach React-R review
The Xbox Elite Series 2 Core takes the high quality of the full-fat Elite Series 2 and brings it down to a more affordable price point, making it one of the best Xbox Series X accessories out there. Besides the obvious color changes, it's not easy to tell the difference between the two controllers. In fact, these two gamepads are practically identical in every way, and the main difference is the accessories you get bundled along with them.
Although I'm disappointed that there aren't any attachments on offer here, and really would have appreciated some form of back paddles or extra stick caps, I can't seriously fault the Elite Series 2 Core. It feels like going to a bougie, Michelin-star restaurant and being served something as basic as bread and butter. It's stripped back, simple, and you expect a more complicated course for how much you pay. But it's probably the best bread and butter you'll ever eat.
The original Elite Controller Series 2 will set you back $179.99 / £159.99 and comes with all the customizable goodies you could ever need for it. The Elite Series 2 Core only costs $129.99 / £114.99 and comes with the exact same body and features, but none of the accessories. These are available to purchase separately and can be used with the Core, but they will bring the total investment back up to $179.99.
All in all, this is one of the top-performing controllers for Xbox and PC that you'll find, which in many ways, is no surprise.
It's fair enough to be skeptical of the design-it-yourself Scuf Instinct. For starters, it's expensive. Really expensive. But if you can move past that, you'll find a genuinely excellent Xbox Series X controller with the best back buttons we've ever used. These things are a revelation.
Sure, you can mix and match designs ranging from simple color-swaps to golden Japanese Koi art. It also has a satisfyingly ergonomic rubber coating at the front for better grip. Oh, and you can change the shape of the thumbsticks before checkout as well. That's not what stays with you when you boot up a game, though. Rather, it's the savvy back button placement that makes them so easy to activate in the middle of a Destiny firefight or Call of Duty battle. Because they form a shell of sorts around your index finger, all you need to do is press down or lift up to activate them. It's much more intuitive than the other alternatives we've tried - and we've tried more than our fair share.
The trigger locks are right on the money as well. They enable much faster responses than you'd find from the console's standard controller; we're definitely not that quick on the draw in Halo the rest of the time. Even the thumbsticks feel bouncier and more taut than usual.
So, is the result worth the money? Should you buy one instead of the Elite Series 2 - the current gold standard? It's a subjective matter best left in your capable hands, but if you do decide to invest, you'll find a handset at the top of its game.
Read more: Scuf Instinct Pro review
Xbox Series X headsets
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox is easily one of the best wired Xbox Series X headsets going, and one of the best wired sets overall that we’ve ever used.
The lightweight gamer-industrial design aesthetic keeps the size and weight down, making it comfortable to wear but still feeling like there’s some sturdiness to it so I don’t have to worry about the cat or one of the kids accidentally sitting on it.
The Digital-To-Analogue (DAC) unit with the unit offers highly customisable EQ adjustment, letting you get the sound just how you like it, and the audio quality in stereo and surround mode is just superb across the board, whether it’s in action-packed action/shooting games, engaging RPGs, thoughtful adventure titles, or enjoying streaming content from the internet.
The icing on the cake is compatibility with other systems including PC and PlayStation 5; you can literally have it plugged into an Xbox and something else at the same time and switch between the two systems without having to take off the headset.
The main drawbacks are the very high price ($279.99/£249.99) which easily makes it one of the most expensive mainstream wired gaming headsets going right now, and the ear cushion material; it’s a form of leatherette - and in my experience with other headsets, that tends to split or degrade after a while, especially in hot conditions or very heavy use. The fact the decent microphone isn’t retract-to-mute is also a missed opportunity, and the need to have a cable running to the DAC and then to the Xbox also means you’ve got something else to potentially get in the way (or trip over) during a gaming session.
Overall though, these aren’t enough to change the fact the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox provides an absolutely amazing audio experience on Xbox. So if you’ve got the budget and don’t mind the wired setup, this represents an outstanding and highly recommended option.
Read more: SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox review
Taking advantage of the audio jack connection again, and offering a solid budget choice to get you going with your new Xbox console, the Corsair HS35 is the best gaming headset for Xbox Series X for less than $50/£50 or so right now. This is a thoughtfully designed piece of kit, with a sturdy yet comfortable build and some impressive audio qualities, all in one very affordable package.
We loved the memory foam ear-cups and a comfy headband, making the Corsair HS35 perfectly comfortable for long periods of play during our testing. Its design is also robust enough to withstand being pulled on and off your head with a carefree attitude and survive the odd bump or two. We never noticed any scuffs or scratches from everyday use here.
The audio won't win sky-high awards, but it's on a par with most mid-range headsets and manages some snappy treble. We were particularly impressed by the punchy treatment given to our weapons in Wolfenstein Youngblood, with rich tones and excellent feedback to every action. In addition, the mic is clear and detachable, and there's a color-coded cable that plugs into any 3.5mm connection. Simple, easy, and very affordable, so perhaps a risk-free Xbox Series X headset.
Read more: Corsair HS35 review
The official Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset has really disrupted the Xbox Series X headset scene by not only being one of the very best out there, but also holding a significantly cheaper price point. At $99 / £89 we were impressed by the out of the box quality in our testing, being particularly adept at wider soundscapes and excelling in our time with Red Dead Redemption 2. We were particularly pleased to hear a detailed surround sound between these cups as well, and those bass levels could be pumped with additional boost.
Not only that, but that price offers better value for money over headsets of a similar quality - and you're even getting luxury features like a dual connection with your phone which typically bumps up the cost as well. The Razer Kaira Pro actually costs $50 more than the standard model to include this feature, so value for money is excellent here.
We were initially surprised by the size of the Xbox Wireless Headset, weighing in at just 11oz (312g). In testing we did have to open that headband up a little to find a comfortable fit, and did experience a little pinching from the thinner foam padding around the band itself, but overall we were able to customize the fit enough to last through longer sessions. You're getting more space here than with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 but if you are concerned, it's well worth checking out the slightly pricier SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless for an elasticated design instead.
The mic quality is great and we love how the mic itself tucks away neatly when not in use. There is a small light on the mute button when the mic is switched on, and while the brightness is adjustable, we did experience some frustration in testing - just catching the glare out the corner of our eye.
It's worth noting that while you're getting the best for Xbox Series X here, the Xbox Wireless Headset is difficult to connect to other devices. You're still getting a perfectly good Xbox One headset, but the Bluetooth, while the strongest we've experienced on Xbox, won't work on PC, and there's no 3.5mm port so you'll need to invest in a USB-C to USB-C.
Read more: Xbox Wireless headset review
Xbox Series X storage accessories
If you're finding your Xbox Series X's internal SSD is full already and you're regularly playing a wide range of games, then the official Seagate Storage Expansion Card will let you store even more and not have to worry about losing out on the fastest loading speeds or next-gen performance enhancements. This is one of our absolute favorite Xbox Series X accessories, thanks to its ease of use.
Look at that $220/£220 price though, that's pretty wild - especially if you've recently paid for the Series X itself. This 1TB card comes with 920GB of usable space and to be fair, runs your games with all the same speeds and enhancements as if they were running on the bespoke internal SSD.
We did see a brief discount of $15 around launch, but in reality, given how expensive it is to produce a cutting-edge SSD card like this, we wouldn't bank on prices dropping much further anytime soon. If you're mainly looking for some extra space to play older Game Pass titles, you can save a lot of money and get even more GBs by opting for a standard external HDD like the one below. If you want the ultimate in performance though, this is the best option and will run older games much faster too as we halved Red Dead Redemption 2's lengthy load times in half on this (and the internal SSD) compared to an external HDD.
The WD_Black P40 SSD is the latest in WD's gaming-focused external hard drives, and it's one of the best performers you'll find. It takes the specs and design of the P50 and carries both over to a compact build that makes use of some beautiful RGB lighting.
Disappointingly, the P40 is one of the pricier options up and down this list, particularly because it's a newer release from WD. For your money, you get the drive which comes with WD's Windows dashboard, a USB-C cable and USB-A adapter, a quick install guide, and a 5-year warranty I'd be surprised if you need to use. WD's solid build with forged aluminium means it's a sturdy piece of kit.
Read and write speeds were great in testing. The 2000MB/s speed you see on the box is as good as you'll get in an external hard drive, but in reality, it translates to some great load times and transfer speeds on PS5 and PC. I had a load of game capture footage stored on my PS5 I had been meaning to move across to my computer for video editing, and even though it was about 30 clips spanning a total of 22GB, the P40 swallowed it up from the PS5 in about a minute. The same was true of games once I formatted it for some extra storage. I transferred three games that added up to 18GB, and it transferred in just shy of a minute.
We've been using our WD Black P10 on Xbox for a while at GamesRadar and easily moved our heaving Game Pass collection of downloaded titles from Xbox One to Xbox Series X with simple plug-and-play ease.
Nowadays we use it to store new Xbox Series X titles when our internal SSD storage is a bit full, which means we don't have to go through the fuss of redownloading titles. Get a 5TB version and you'll be able to download almost every single Xbox Game Pass game.
The speeds are just the standard for an external HDD, so we'd still move over big last-gen titles like Red Dead 2 to the internal SSD as you'll cut those loading times in half. For most last-gen titles though, we're more than content to run them from this HDD. For Series X exclusive games or games with specific graphical enhancements patched in for the new console, you will have to run them from the SSD or the memory card above to get those benefits, but we think this is a smart buy for your last-gen titles, or benching Series X games you're not playing much at the moment but don't want to redownload (gluttonous beasts like Warzone and GTAV come to mind).
If you'd like to see a few other storage options, be sure to check out our full guide to the best Xbox Series X external hard drives and memory cards.
Xbox Series X charging accessories
There are many different Xbox charging stands out in the wild, but very few manage to offer a truly premium feeling experience. You're getting that pedigree Razer build quality, a variety of colors matching the rainbow of Xbox Series X controllers on the market, and some excellent safety features to keep your gamepads from overcharging as well.
Each charging stand has space for one controller, so if you're dual-wielding that already pricey $49.99 / £49.99 MSRP is going to quickly get in the way. Still if you're after a charger for a solo controller, this is a particularly suave option. Fast-charging can have your clickers juiced up in under three hours via a speedy USB-C connection (you can also plug into a wall outlet to save some space on your console to boot).
Razer doesn't make too many dedicated Xbox Series X accessories, but the Universal Quick Charging Stand is certainly worth looking into.
This is the best charging dock solution we've tested over in the UK for the Series X controllers. There is a slightly cheaper single-controller version, but you're probably better off with this double option for the sake of the difference in price.
You get two battery packs with this dual charging dock and an hour of charging fills the 850 mAh batteries for around 15 hours of play. When charging the packs they need to be in the controller as pictured, which isn't as much of an issue if you have two controllers as you can always make sure you have one juiced and good to go. We wouldn't recommend trying to remove the packs and placing them on the charging connections as they don't attach well without the controller.
To be fair, with such a short charging time, not to mention this also charges even if the console is just in standby mode you could leave this charging when you're not gaming too. Note: this product is generally only available in the UK.
Tired of forking out for batteries and prefer your gaming setup to be a bit lighter on clutter? The Venom Rechargeable Battery pack is a great option as it comes with two battery packs and a three-metre cable (so you can play and charge at the same time if needed) that splits into two USB-C connections. The cable can also be used to charge up any other Xbox Series X accessories (like headsets) that have a USB-C port.
The packs do take longer to charge than they would with a charging dock (like the one below), but this twin pack and cable combo is cheaper and having the option of charging other devices at the same time is super handy. This will charge in standby mode too. If you're a little bit naughty, you can actually use this cable for charging your PS5 accessories too.
Xbox Series X steering wheels
Logitech created some of the best steering wheels on the market, and the G923 is no exception. With high quality, reliable construction, and TrueForce feedback baked right in, the G923 caters for both the enthusiast and entry level buyer perfectly. While it's not the cheapest Xbox steering wheel on the market, it's likely the best value for money thanks to the additional features it brings into play (900° rotation, dual-clutch, and premium leather cover). You can pay a lot more for a few more fancy add-ons, but overall this is the sweet spot for most players looking to dive into Forza in the evenings.
A steering wheel is one of the best Xbox Series X accessories for anyone who enjoys some time on the track, but we'd recommend this to those who regularly play more than four or five hours each week. At £350 / $400, this isn't an impulse buy device, but if you're looking to improve your lap times and immersion at the same time it's a solid go-to.
We found it easy to set up, with everything working straight out of the box (a luxury that can't be taken for granted once you start looking at high-end setups). We were also impressed by the power of the TrueForce immersion, with strong torque that had us wrestling with certain tracks. Not only that, but we loved the use of G Hub software on PC, so if you're looking for a cross-platform device we'd heartily recommend the G923 for both Xbox Series X and Windows.
Read more: Logitech G923 review
If you're not looking for the latest and greatest driving experience, maybe you play for a few hours every month or so, or jump in and out of these titles, the Thrustmaster 458 Spider will be much better. At just over $100 / £100, you're dropping some of the fancier features like Force Feedback, but the Spider manages to overcome these sacrifices with a few tricks of its own.
'Linear resistance' is packed into the steering wheel, so it's harder to turn the further you spin the wheel. You won't get the feel of a dedicated system here, but it's certainly a nice to have if you're looking for a degree of immersion without breaking the bank. That also means we'd recommend it more for arcade racers and more relaxed driving games, rather than hardcore simulation titles.
A smaller degree of rotation means you'll get less precision out of each turn, but you'll still feel a world of difference under your fingertips compared to a gamepad. With solid construction and an easy assembly, there's still plenty of value in this cheaper steering wheel alternative.
Xbox Series X services
1. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
One of the best Xbox Series X accessories sits on your console itself. Game Pass is Microsoft's biggest selling point at the moment, packing a serious roster of titles into a low monthly price and offering first party releases on day one. However, we'd recommend upgrading to the Game Pass Ultimate subscription. It's a must-have if you're playing on console and still want to roll your online play into the same membership without having to pay a separate Xbox Live Gold price. You'll find all the best Xbox Game Pass deals available now just below.
2. Xbox Live Gold
If you don't need that catalog of extra games, but you do have an online squad to find, Xbox Live Gold is all you need. Thankfully, the multiplayer service is particularly cheap these days, with six month memberships regularly taking significant discounts.
How we test Xbox Series X accessories
The biggest Xbox Series X accessories are controllers, headsets, and storage solutions. As with everything we test, we live with all of this gear in our everyday lives, playing with each item that passes our desks for weeks at a time before making our final recommendations.
Controllers are tested across a range of genres and playstyles to ensure they perform across the board, and are also put to the test based on their own individual shapes and designs as well. Headsets are run through not only a variety of genres, but a range of soundscapes and mixes. First person shooters are used to test surround sound performance, wider open world titles can show us how detailed a stage is, and epic single-player campaigns can help us work out how well each headset balances dialogue and music with sound effects. Of course, running through all of that is a constant eye on build quality and comfort as well.
When testing the storage solutions we recommend, we run each device through a series of industry tests to ascertain read and write speeds in an isolated manner. However, we also install each drive and check those numbers in a real world setting as well, running our own fast travel and install tests.
You can find out more about the recommendations we make in our full GamesRadar+ Hardware Policy.
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Best Xbox Series X Accessories: FAQs
Are official Xbox Series X accessories better?
Microsoft has kitted out its next generation console with a suite of Xbox Series X accessories specifically designed for this console. The only tangible benefit to stick all-Microsoft for your setup is the increase in Bluetooth reliability that you may experience. There are plenty of brands like Razer and Turtle Beach also producing high quality peripherals tailor made for the new console.
Which Xbox Series X accessories do you need?
With all the Xbox Series X accessories out there vying for your attention, which ones should you focus on grabbing first. Well, we'd recommend picking up an extra controller and a charging dock as a first port of call. That way you'll be set up to always have a gamepad juiced up and ready to go.
However, after that we'd thoroughly recommend getting on Xbox Game Pass. The service has revolutionized Microsoft's systems, bringing thousands of gameplay hours to your fingertips for a great price. We don't think any Xbox fan should be without this impressive roster, especially considering first party titles land here on day one.
Do Xbox Series X accessories work on Series S?
The vast majority of Xbox Series X accessories will also work on the cheaper Series S system. However, when considering items like Xbox Series X gaming monitors and the best TV for Xbox Series X, the graphical limitations of the S model should be considered.
If you're still after a console, we're bringing you all the latest Xbox Series X stock. We're also rounding up all the best Xbox One accessories and the best Xbox One steering wheels for those looking to save a little extra on their setup. For more Series X gear, though, take a look at the best Xbox Series X wireless headsets for more inspiration.