The new Xbox Series X and Series S are here, but it’s a tough task to find either console in stock. Whether you managed to grab your next-gen Xbox on launch day or you find yourself still searching, you’ll need more than just the console itself. From storage to controllers, there’s a lot to look out for. We’re here with your go-to guide of all of the best Xbox Series X and Series S accessories you can get.
Of course, the best accessories are likely yet to come. We’ve grabbed some first-party essentials as well as third-party favorites for our list, but it’s bound to grow and change. Check back here often as new accessories launch.
Best Xbox Series X and Series S accessories
Editor’s note: We’ll be sure to add to this list of the best Xbox Series X and Series S controllers as new options launch.
Seagate 1TB storage card
Brand-new Xbox Series X games look better than ever and they run on the latest engines, but they’re not getting any smaller. Luckily for you, the Series X ships with a full terabyte of storage onboard. The Series S ships with half of the space — just 512GB, but there’s a good chance that you’ll fill either console. After all, it’s not surprising to see games that require 100GB of storage right away.
That’s where Seagate’s expansion cards come in. You’ll get 1TB of bonus storage per card, and you can store any Xbox Series X, Xbox One, or even Xbox 360 game you can imagine. The only drawback is that the Xbox Series X and Series S have just one slot for expandable storage each so you may have to switch storage cards often. Well, that and the eye-watering $220 price tag for storage.
WD Black P10 external hard drive
If you’re not looking to splash quite as much money on your storage, Western Digital offers a far more affordable alternative. The WD Black P10 for Xbox may not be quite as pocket-sized as the Seagate, but it costs less than half as much. Even better, it offers far more storage space. Instead of 1TB, you can grab 5TB for no more than $129.99. That’s five times the storage space and your wallet will thank you.
See also: Best external hard drives
You’ll just have to make sure that you grab the Black P10 that’s specifically for Xbox. Certain versions of the external hard drive even include bonus perks. You can charge your other Xbox Series X accessories with the USB-A ports and even test out a trial membership to Xbox Game Pass.
Xbox Elite Controller Series 2
The best way to stay in control is with a controller that’s built just for you. The Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 is one of the most important Series X accessories you can get because you’ll use it every single day. It’s the ultimate customizable controller, and you can change the thumbsticks, triggers, and rear paddles for your own unique experience.
The new Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 is also arguably the best looking controller around. Microsoft chose a blacked-out finish with silver highlights that add an extra touch of class from all angles. Both grips are also texturized to keep your hands locked in place.
Shock Blue wireless controller
Although the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller will probably be your go-to option, it always helps to have a second setup for when friends come over. It may not be worth your money to get a second Elite controller, but the Shock Blue version of the standard Xbox Series X controller should work perfectly. After all, it’s the same model that comes with the console itself. You can certainly stick with the one in the box, but there’s something eye-catching about the Shock Blue finish.
As for the controller itself, it offers everything that you’re used to from Xbox. You’ll notice a familiar button layout, refined triggers, and a new D-Pad that’s just right for the Series X. Best of all, it costs just a fraction of the Elite Controller’s price.
Play and Charge controller battery
Wired controllers are a thing of the past at this point. If you want to keep yourself in the game and save yourself some money on AA batteries, you’ll want the Play and Charge pack for your controllers. It’s a simple rechargeable battery with an included USB cable, and it offers up to 30 hours of playtime on a single charge. Recharging for your next gaming marathon will only take about four hours, perfect for a power nap.
Xbox seems to love matte black accessories, and the Play and Charge pack is no exception. You might want to consider a black controller if you need all of your accessories to match. This is also one Xbox Series X accessory that you may want to have more than one of.
PowerA Charging Stand
PowerA’s dual charging stand is a great third-party alternative to the Play and Charge pack, though you won’t be able to game at the same time. Instead, it serves as a charging display for a pair of controllers so that they’re juiced and ready for your next session. You can grab yours in black or white, and they come in single or dual-controller setups.
The PowerA platform even includes two rechargeable 1,100mAh batteries that snap in with an LED status indicator. You don’t even have to plug the station into a USB port — just use the built-in 10-foot AC cable.
PDP Talon remote
Microsoft poured countless hours into the design and construction of the Series X and Series S controller, but sometimes it’s overkill. If you’re just sitting down to catch up on your favorite shows, then a simple remote might be more appropriate. You won’t find a dedicated remote straight from Xbox, but the PDP Talon is about as close as you can get.
The Talon is completely redesigned for the new Series X, and it’s dropped the numerical buttons in favor of a smart TV design. You’ll find the basics like a D-Pad, Xbox power button, and the ABXY setup, but that’s about it. Just remember that it really won’t work for gaming — seriously, don’t try it.
Steelseries Arctis 1 headset
If you’re really going to get into your games then you might want a new headset. We’re not talking about the basic, single-ear headsets that used to come in the box with a new console, either. The Steelseries Arctis 1 is a flexible headset that works with just about any major gaming console and even your favorite Android device. We’re partial to the wireless version, though you can also save some cash and grab a wired alternative.
Steelseries didn’t cut any corners on the Arctis 1, it packs the same high-end internals as the award-winning Arctis 9X. It may not make your game any better, but you’ll at least hear the enemy coming this time. The Arctis 1 also features a flexible reinforced headband and a detachable microphone for when you have to yell at kids who are too young to be blasting you in Call of Duty.
Razer Kaira/Kaira Pro headset
It’s tough to argue against Razer as the king of gaming accessories, and it looks like it’ll keep the crown for the Xbox Series X and Series S, too. The brand-new Razer Kaira and Kaira Pro are some of the best headphones that the company has ever made, and they’re here just in time for the new Xbox. While you can use the headset for any console or phone, they’re perfectly tuned for the Xbox thanks to a handy pairing button.
You’ll notice all of the classic Razer style cues like a matte black finish and neon green logo, but it’s what’s inside that sets the Kaira apart. The large TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers and crystal-clear HyperClear Cardioid Mic offer great audio on both ends. Razer’s plush earcups should be perfect for marathon sessions, and you can even use the pairing button to cycle EQ profiles.
The last accessory you might want for the Xbox Series S or Series X isn’t even meant for the console. Instead, the Razer Kishi is a must-have if you want to take your games on the go with Xbox Game Streaming. The Kishi takes your on-screen controls out of the equation and puts you in control of a more comfortable controller. You won’t have to worry about your phone being too large or too small either thanks to the adjustable design.
See also: Razer Kishi Xbox Edition
Overall, the controls should feel familiar. The Kishi is somewhat akin to the Gameboy Advanced when it’s in your hands, but you’ll have to adjust to the extra buttons on both sides. You can also pick up an iOS-ready option instead, with a Lightning adapter rather than a USB-C connection.