5 Must-Have Accessories for Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X

Learn about the 5 best accessories for your Xbox One or Xbox Series S|X and which accessories not to buy.
Written By: Colin @XboxDIY
Published: January 6, 2024
Updated: March 16, 2024
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Over the years there have been countless releases of accessories and peripherals in the world of Xbox gaming consoles. And accessories don’t just start with the release of the original Xbox – remember things like the good ol’- fashion Handy Boy? (lol….) Or the SNES Life Fitness Exertainment System (I’m sitting here screaming what?! like it’s 2008).

Video game console accessories are as ancient as 8-tracks and leisure suits and will continue to exist in every form and fashion for as long as video games are around.

But sometimes the variety that’s available in the post-modern consumer-dominated world can be mind-boggling – especially if you haven’t spent countless hours scrolling Amazon or watching YouTube to decipher the offerings and what might be right for you. Or maybe you’re a non-gamer, looking for a gift for that gamer in your life, and have nowhere to look.

I’ve been wanting to write this article for quite some time and even after years of sitting on it, the following accessories and peripherals for your Xbox are time-tested and will be valuable parts of your gaming arsenal for years and years to come. Better yet, I’ve personally tested all of them and can vouch for these with hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of use to back these claims.

So let’s get to it and walk through XboxDIY’s 5 Must-Have Accessories for your Xbox 360, Xbox One, or Xbox Series S or Series X gaming console.

In this Article:

1. Re-chargeable Xbox Controller Batteries

If you’re like me and have been in marathon gaming sessions on your Xbox (gone are those days…), batteries are the first thing that can derail your fun. Not only are traditional batteries inconvenient, but they’re expensive and can even be a safety hazard if you’re like me and have young children around the house. You can always use an Xbox controller without a battery pack or battery pack cover by plugging it in directly to your Xbox or PC with a USB cable, but if you want to detach from the wires (because it’s 2024), my recommendation would be a set of rechargeable Xbox controller batteries.

Now there are a few different routes you can go here with rechargeable batteries:

Re-chargeable Battery Packs

This is my preferred method if you’re only looking for a way to more easily charge your Xbox one controller. Typically, these will show up in one of two different forms: A pre-packaged, rechargeable battery pack that’s placed into the areas where your AAs usually go. It’s charged through a docking station or other “wireless” charging method. Or, a battery pack with a charging pass-through (as seen here with the PowerA Rechargeable Battery Pack) where the battery pack again replaces the traditional batteries, but is charged via a USB-C cable directly into the controller. In this example, there is no need for a docking station.

Re-chargeable Batteries

These are exactly what you think they are – single, rechargeable batteries (in this case AA), that can be use d both in an Xbox controller or for other common household devices that take alkaline batteries. You will still keep using the Xbox One controller battery cover door and use the batteries the exact same way you would Duracell or Energizer AAs.

Regardless of choice, both of these options offer a wide variety of convenience. Even if it’s just not having to remember to buy batteries or the immense cost savings over time of not having to purchase them. I’ve had my PDP Gaming Energizer Dual Controller Charging System for over 6 years and it shows absolutely NO signs of slowing down. Even the charging capacity is remarkably great after this time and in a worse-case scenario, it can be replaced for pennies on the dollar.

What it really comes down to is personal preference. You might have a need for batteries in things like remotes, or kid’s toys around the house, and the rechargeable batteries will serve multiple purposes. But if you’re a gamer and just need it for your Xbox, or you’re looking for it as a gift, the rechargeable battery packs are not only practical, but a cool item to add to someone’s gaming set up. You can even buy multiple and have hours of endless entertainment with your friends!

2. Xbox Wireless Gaming Headset

One of the best things about the new age consoles and gaming systems is that you can achieve a truly wireless experience. While the Xbox (and even the new ones!) don’t actually support native Bluetooth, there are many methods, some from Microsoft and some – not so much – that will help you achieve that wireless experience easier than it’s ever been done before.

You can achieve a ‘semi-wireless’ experience with an Xbox One headset that plugs directly into the Xbox One controller. However, your head is still tethered to the controller which means a dropped controller results in the headset getting ripped off your head.

It hurts.

Most of the time the headset is pretty durable, but it’s very possible the cord can break which means you’ll either have to fix your Xbox One headset or, buy a new one.

So what’s the best wireless headset for Xbox One?

Avoid all those problems by purchasing the best Wireless Headset for Xbox One, which in my and XboxDIY’s humble opinion is the HyperX CloudX Flight – Noise Canceling True Wireless Gaming Headset for Xbox One and Series S|X. I like this thing so much that I bought one for my PC/Playstation.

There are numerous reasons why the HyperX CloudX Flight Wireless for Xbox is one of the best value purchases on the market when it comes to any Xbox One or Xbox Series S|X accessory or peripheral, but one of the reasons it’s great for me is how easy it is to charge, and set up.

A close second is the battery life – up to 30 hours on a single charge, which is absolutely massive to cover multiple gaming sessions across a week or long weekend.

When something like a wireless headset is on your headset for this long, comfort is another key factor that almost every gamer ranks very high on their checklist when choosing a gaming headset. The HyperX is top of class here with plush polyfoam ear cups that most of the time make you forget you’re even wearing them. That’s my only requirement for comfort when it comes to gaming headset accessories.

3. LED Light Strips

It’s common to think that Xbox accessories only apply to things you might use to play a game on the Xbox One or Xbox Series S|X. But one thing gamers love is having the perfect ambiance when it comes time to wind down or, take part in your favorite online competition.

15 or 20 years ago the options for customized lighting were either very limited or very expensive. Fast forward to 2024, and things like Philips Hue Indoor Light Strips, Philips Hue Play Bar, and the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box allow gamers to turn their space into a lighting paradise, for a relatively affordable price (given the capabilities and product life).

The possibilities for using the Hue Light Srips and Hue Play HDMI Sync box are endless. Stick them to the back of tables, on the bottom of bookshelves, or underneath/around cabinets. You can even cut them, although I haven’t done it personally because I just can’t cut high-quality lights (although I would, if it made sense for the project).

There’s even the possibility to play Xbox One games on your Windows 10 or newer PC using the built-in Philips Hue Software for Windows. It eliminates the need for Hue Play HDMI Sync box, although there are some different capabilities between the two that we won’t go into for the scope of the article.

And as mentioned before, the life of the product is second to none, and Philips Hue has hundreds if not thousands of integrations into smart devices, automation routines, and a bunch of other stuff we probably haven’t thought about yet. For me, I won’t personally buy a lightbulb for my home unless it’s a Philips brand because of the experience I’ve had with their Hue lighting.

4. Xbox Game Capture Card

This is one where you might not immediately think it’s something for you or the gamer you’re gifting it to, but with the limited options native to the Xbox available for both capturing, clipping, and sharing your content, having a game capture card could be the difference between being able to relive your gaming moments in history – or not.

I use the Elgato HD60 Game Capture card and have found myself viewing some of my favorite gaming clips over and over again as time goes on. One of my favorites is getting luckier than a spectator at a rally event with a quadruple kill when I was playing Diva in the original Overwatch. That clip is going to be 7 or 8 years old soon and again, I’ll still watch it to this day.

I’m washed up now.

Of course, a game capture card’s primary use case is for people who are using it to stream gameplay footage and content from their Xbox. And the Elgato HD60 Game Capture card for Xbox/Playstation/PC does that wonderfully. Not only does it capture beautiful gameplay footage, but it also offers quite a bit of functionality for live streaming, branding, and editing with the Elgato Game Capture HD software.

Don’t take my word for it (but you should), check out the Elgato HD60 X Game Capture Card on Amazon for $159.00.

This leads us to our next item, a requirement for if you have a capture card: external storage.

5. Xbox External Hard Drive and Storage

You can honestly never have enough storage these days. Video games are getting bigger, and bigger, and the last thing that you want to have happen is a new game update downloading overnight, only to find out that you were out of storage in the morning.

Related: How to Speed up Slow Downloads on Xbox One

There is a boatload of options out there for expanding hard drive storage on your Xbox One, Xbox One X, or Xbox Series console. But regardless of the option you pick, the most important thing is that you just get some external storage. All options are ‘disposable’ to some extent, meaning they can break or have limited re-write capabilities before they break. So as long as you don’t cheap out for something on a bid website, you should be good.

If you’re looking for my preferred option of expandable or external storage for your Xbox gaming console, I would recommend Seagate devices. I’ve been using Seagate External Hard Drives for over a decade now. And aside from smashing one onto the ground in an accident several years ago, my Seagate drives have taken a beating and have stored all of my valuable info without a blip. Even when I thought they were going to fail, they kept chugging (I would highly recommend having a backup service like Backblaze for all of your media backups for those “oh sh*t” moments).

Are there any Xbox accessories you don’t recommend?

As many amazing accessories exist for the Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X, there are actually one or two accessories that I would not recommend purchasing. But since this article is already a long one, we’ll stick with the most notorious of the bunch.

Stay Away from Xbox Stands, ‘Stations’, or Fans

I’ve been gaming since the mid-90s and have never, ever had a console (that wasn’t defective) overheat or need additional cooling. If your console needs to be cooled outside of the built-in fans, it’s probably because it’s dirty or placed incorrectly.

Instead of buying an overpriced fan, stand, or station that I won’t even link to here, simply make sure your Xbox is cleaned properly using a can of condensed air or air duster (something all gamers should have on hand) and double-check Microsoft’s guidelines on how to place your Xbox console.

So after years of wanting to, this article is finally complete. Hopefully, the years of waiting and testing provided some insight and guidance into some of the best accessories available for Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.

Check out XboxDIY’s other reviews, tutorials, troubleshooting, and repair guides. If you have a question about anything in the article, we would love to hear in the comment section below or you can reach out to XboxDIY by heading over to the Contact page. Game on!

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