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The best Xbox One accessories to level up your console gaming

Get even more out of your console with extra controllers, battery packs, and more.
August 6, 2021
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Microsoft’s Xbox One lineup might have been succeeded by the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, but it’s still a fantastic purchase for fans of console gaming. The premium Xbox One X is still a beast of a console, capable of 4K gaming at high refresh rates. Combined with some of the best Xbox One accessories to come out over the past few years, it offers one of the best console gaming experiences of all time.

From basics like a second controller and external hard drive to niche products like fighting sticks and carrying cases, here are the best Xbox One accessories you can buy!

Still don’t have an Xbox One? Prices are lower than ever on Xbox One bundles and games.

Best Xbox One accessories:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Xbox One accessories regularly as new ones launch and old ones are retired.

1. Xbox One Play and Charge Kit

Xbox One Play and Charge Kit

If there is one Xbox One accessory that everyone needs, it’s an Xbox One Play and Charge Kit. Instead of having to buy new AA batteries for your controller every time it dies, you can just plug it in for a few hours and you’re good to go. Over time both your wallet and the planet will thank you.

With a single charge lasting for 30 hours of gameplay and a full recharge taking just four hours, you should never have to worry about running out of juice in the middle of a tense match.

The only downside is that it charges via a dated mini-USB port, but the included nine-foot cable is long enough that you can play and charge at the same time. If you are looking for an even cheaper option, you can get this dock with two battery packs, although they won’t last as long and you can’t charge while playing.

2. Xbox Wireless Controller

The Xbox One controller.

The next item on our list of the best Xbox One accessories is another basic requirement: a second controller. Couch co-op is one of the best ways to enjoy console gaming with friends or family. Even if you prefer single-player games, having a second controller ensures you always have one charged and ready to play.

The latest version of the Xbox Wireless Controller has a larger range than previous versions and supports Bluetooth for use with a Windows PC or tablet of any kind. There’s also a handy 3.5mm headset jack on the bottom of the controller, which is perfect for communicating with your teammates in online play.

3. Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

While the Xbox Wireless Controller is one of the most popular controllers around, the more premium Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 offers an even better experience. It has all the same features as its cheaper cousin, with lots of extras like a built-in rechargeable battery, replaceable thumbsticks and d-pads, and shorter hair trigger locks.

For those looking to play games competitively online, the Elite Series 2 is the absolute best Xbox One controller on the market. It even comes with a carrying case to easily take it with you to a friend’s house or LAN tournament. That said, it retails for three times the price of the standard controller, making it one of the most expensive Xbox One accessories on our list.

4. Razer Atrox Arcade Stick

Razer Atrox Arcade Stick

While the Elite Series 2 controller d-pad is great for fighting games, true aficionados know that nothing can compete with a full arcade fighting stick. These can range from budget options like the Mayflash F300 to more expensive options like the limited Hori Real Arcade Pro Tekken 7 Edition, but for your money, the best Xbox fight stick is the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick.

It isn’t cheap, but this Xbox One accessory comes with premium Sanwa hardware to give you the perfect arcade-quality experience wherever you play. The out-of-the-box configuration won’t disappoint even hardcore fans, but those looking to customize the Razer Atrox will find that it’s more than ready for tinkering. The top opens at the push of a button, making it one of the easiest arcade sticks to mod. In fact, Razer encourages this, and doing so will not void your warranty.

5. USA GEAR Console Carrying Case

Xbox carrying case

If you’re someone who moves around a lot or just can’t leave home without your Xbox One, this travel accessory is just what you need. With a padded interior and compartments for cables and two controllers, this carrying case will keep your Xbox One or Xbox One X safe while traveling between destinations.

What’s great about this particular carrying case is that the interior compartments can be completely rearranged to fit whatever Xbox One accessories you have. It can fit extra controllers (including the Elite Series 2 hard case), external hard drives, headsets, and more without danger of breakage or scratches. It comes in two colors: black and Xbox green.

6. WD 4TB Elements Hard Drive

WD elements external hard drive

As your Xbox One game collection grows, you will inevitably run into storage issues with the console’s limited capacity. Fortunately, it’s easy and relatively inexpensive to pick up an external hard drive.

This 4TB option from WD is small in stature but spacious enough to fit well over 30 of your favorite Xbox One games in full 4K quality. For those with a limited library, there is a slightly cheaper 2TB model that might be a better fit for you.

7. Xbox Live Gold subscription

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Online multiplayer truly revolutionized gaming when it was introduced more than two decades ago, and although Xbox Live now has a free version you still need to pay for Xbox Live Gold to actually play games online. That said, a paid membership has far more benefits than just online gaming.

With an active Xbox Live Gold subscription, you gain access to up to four free games every month. These remain in your library as long as your subscription is active, and over the course of a year this can add up to hundreds of dollars of free games. On top of this, you’ll gain access to exclusive discounts on digital game downloads.

The fastest and safest way to subscribe is with a digital code, and you can get increments of three-, six, or 12-months below. If you want an even better experience, consider upgrading to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for instant access to more than 100 games and Microsoft’s new cloud gaming platform Xbox cloud gaming (formerly called Project xCloud). It’s not much more expensive, and it includes Xbox Live Gold as part of the deal.

8. HyperX Cloud Alpha II headset

The HyperX Cloud Alpha sits on a wooden desk in front of a keyboard and mouse
Ah, that classic black and red.

The last item on our list of the best Xbox One accessories lets you communicate with your teammates on Xbox Live. There are a number of gaming headsets that will work with your Xbox One, but our pick is the follow-up to the already fantastic HyperX Cloud Alpha.

It might not have extra bells and whistles, but the HyperX Cloud Alpha II is the best headset you can get for less than $100. Comfortable enough for extended gaming sessions, it offers fantastic 7.1 virtual surround sound and convenient in-line mic controls to quickly mute yourself or adjust the volume. 

That’s it for our list of must-have Xbox One accessories! We’ll update this post with new options once they launch.