Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Best Xbox Series X/S Accessories 2022 – IGN

When it comes to the best Xbox Series X/S Accessories, the sky isn’t exactly the limit. At least, not yet. There is a good number of excellent gaming headset options, and there are quite a few controllers and charging bases to choose from as well. However, as far as HOTAS and yokes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a lot of top-quality choices out there, though we are looking forward to testing new ones that will be hitting the shelves soon. This isn’t surprising as the console is only about a year old, and we’re not out of the woods – or rather, the great component shortage of 2020-2021 – just yet.

This makes choosing reliable Xbox Series X/S accessories a tad tricky, which is why we are here to help. We’ve put together a list of all the best Xbox Series X/S accessories keeping in mind quality, budget, and functionality. It isn’t a massive list, but rest assured we will be adding to it as more great options trickle in.

TL;DR – These are our picks for the Best Xbox Series X/S Accessories:

1. Xbox Wireless Headset

Best headset for Xbox Series X/S

Xbox Wireless Headset

While there are several excellent Xbox Series X/S headsets out there to choose from, you cannot go wrong with the one built specifically for Series X/S gaming. The Xbox Wireless Headset, albeit not perfect, comes with all the tools you need to get immersed, from Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone:X support to Xbox Wireless connectivity, which leaves more USB ports on the console free for other accessories. Meanwhile, all other headsets on the market offer support for one or two of these features, but never all of them.

Thanks to its nifty rotating ear cup dials, which controls the volume and game/chat balance, the Xbox Wireless Headset is intuitive and easy to use, a boon during tense game moments. Its ultra-soft earcups, light weight and customizable fit, on the other hand, keeps things comfortable throughout your sessions. Best of all, the price is right, which means it’s accessible to most gamers, regardless of budget.

2. Xbox Core Controller

Best controller for Xbox Series X/S

Xbox Core Controller

The Xbox Core controller is as close to perfection as you get, and considering all the great alternatives out there, that’s definitely saying a lot. A nice upgrade from its predecessor, it comes with enhancements that make your Xbox X/S experience a whole lot smoother. So, if you’ve been an Xbox gamer pre-X/S consoles, you’ll be happy to know that it offers a familiar form factor while introduce a few new, if minor, improvements like a share button, textured grip, and an easier to use the D-pad.

If you are an Xbox virgin of sorts, you’ll appreciate its beautifully sculpted frame, as well as satisfying to use buttons, triggers and bumpers – as well as the fact that you won’t have to go through hoops to connect it to the console. It’s got multi-device connectivity as well so that if you need a break from console gaming and want to switch to PC, you know you can rely on it and its Bluetooth connectivity. You can even make it your own by visiting the Xbox Design Lab to give it personalized coats of paint that match your style.

3. Logitech G923 TrueForce

Best racing wheel for Xbox Series X/S

Logitech G923

Logitech has taken its older racing wheel models, put them together in a robust package, and added in what it calls its TrueForce tech that delivers extra sensations and vibrations designed to make your game feel a bit more realistic. And, so you’ve got the Logitech G923a steering-wheel-and-pedals combo that gives you a richer, more immersive racing and driving experience.

Adding to that realism is its ability to continuously adjust the voltage flowing through its motors, a premium brushed metal build, and automotive-style leather stitching around the wheel. This is a toy that won’t feel like a toy, and it’ll see you through all the racing games on Xbox Series X/S (or PS5, for that matter, as there’s a Sony console version is available as well) as if you’re inside the game yourself. There may be budget options out there that will set you back less, but if you want the best, this is more than worth its mid-range price tag.

4. Razer Atrox

Best fight stick for Xbox Series X/S

Razer Atrox

There aren’t a lot of arcade or fight sticks on hand for Xbox Series X/S at the moment, and the ones that are available aren’t really reliable. Luckily, Razer is here to save the day with the Razer Atrox, which is now fully compatible with the new consoles. It boasts all the controls you’ll ever need for all those fighting games, and then some, as well as top-quality (and genuine) Sanwa components and an authentic arcade layout for a splash of nostalgia.

More than just a regular arcade stick, however, it’s fully customizable and mod-capable, with not just interchangeable top panel, buttons and joystick, but also an easily accessible inner platform and a honeycomb structure for effortless mounting. And, it’s a dream for modding maniacs everywhere.

5. Razer Universal Quick Charging Stand

Best controller charger for Xbox Series X/S

Razer Universal Quick Charging Stand

There’s no sense in powering your Xbox Wireless Controller with AA batteries when you can simply get a rechargeable battery. The only thing is that you’re only up to 30 hours instead of the 40 hours that AA batteries promise. Luckily, you’ve got something like the Razer Universal Quick Charging Stand for Xbox, which lets you wirelessly juice up your controller, available. It comes with a rechargeable battery, which, when full, lasts for three hours.

For safety, it comes with overcharge​ protection to prevent overheating and short​ circuiting, as well as a magnetic contact system so that your controller is secure and won’t dismount or disconnect at every knock or bump. It also comes in six different colors so you can get one that matches your controller. Plus, you don’t even need an available USB port on your console, as it can be hooked up to any USB wall plug, leaving those precious few ports on your console free for other peripherals.

6. Seagate Storage Expansion Card

Best storage expansion drive for Xbox Series X/S

Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox 1TB SSD

The Xbox Series X comes with a 1TB internal SSD drive and the Xbox Series S offers a 512GB drive, but in the gaming world, those are hardly enough, especially for hardcore gamers. Luckily, Microsoft has accounted for that, giving these consoles the ability to expand its storage with memory card-style SSDs that you can easily slot into them without needing a free USB port. Enter the Seagate Storage Expansion Card, which slots easily into that storage expansion port, expanding your port to up to 2TB.

Because it’s designed specifically for these consoles, it offers seamless integration into the Xbox Velocity Architecture and delivers fast, lag-free read and write capabilities, allowing you to focus on your game without being distracted (or frustrated) by sluggish transfer speeds. Since it is an SSD, it isn’t going to be cheap, with the 2TB capacity setting you back $400. But, the price of entry model isnt too bad if you’re on a budget, and it gives you an extra 512GB of storage space.

Michelle Rae Uy is a freelance tech and travel writer, part-time production editor, and a full-time traveler from Los Angeles, California. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles, London and the rest of the world. Follow her on Instagram @straywithRae,

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