The best accessories for your new Xbox Series X or S – Engadget
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If you bought an Xbox Series X or S a year ago, your selection of accessories mostly came down to aging gear designed for last-gen systems. Now, you’ve got plenty more ways to upgrade your Xbox experience. Maybe you need a better controller to optimize your Psychonauts 2 runs, a clearer headset to chat with teammates in Apex Legends, or perhaps your storage is just running low. Here are a few of the best Xbox accessories you can nab today.
Controllers: Go stylish, go Pro
It’s always smart to have a second controller on hand. Even if you don’t play multiplayer games much, you’ll regret not being prepared for the occasional friend or family member who’s down for a Mortal Kombat match. And at the very least, it’s wise to have a replacement in case something goes wrong with your main controller. (We’ve all smashed our gamepads against the wall for one reason, or another – no judgement.)
While you could just get another stock Microsoft controller, there are plenty of options worth considering. The Anniversary Edition gamepad is just a bit more at $70, and it has a spiffy translucent design that’ll look great on your coffee table. If you’re looking for something with a bit more color, the gorgeous Limited Edition Forza Horizon 5 model is still around. If you find yourself burning through plenty of AA batteries, consider a rechargeable solution like PowerA’s dual controller bay. It comes with two batteries, and it lets you juice up your gamepads in style.
Buy Xbox Wireless Controller at Microsoft – $60
Buy Anniversary Edition controller at Amazon – $100
Buy Forza Horizon 5 controller at Microsoft – $75
Buy PowerA charging station at Amazon – $25
Mat Smith, Engadget
For dedicated Xbox gamers, Microsoft’s second-generation Elite gamepad may be worth the investment. It has replaceable thumbsticks, rear buttons and a comfortable grip. Not to mention, it’s one of the few Xbox gamepads that you can recharge over USB-C.
If you’re more interested in playing older games, or are just looking for a different style of controller, we’re also huge fans of 8BitDo’s Pro 2. It’s incredibly comfortable, and its directional pad is one of the best on the market. It also makes a great controller for PC gaming (though any recent Xbox controller will also work on computers over Bluetooth).
Buy Elite gamepad at Amazon – $180
Buy 8Bitdo Pro 2 at Amazon – $50
Specialized controllers are cool again!
If you play Microsoft Flight Simulator long enough, you’ll realize you can only go so far with a standard gamepad. Time for a flight stick! After conferring with flying simulator fanatics, and perusing plenty of reviews, we’d recommend jumping on Thrustmaster’s T-Flight Hotas One joystick. It offers realistic five-axis control, fourteen buttons and a detachable throttle. And unlike some clunky PC solutions, it’s compact enough to fit on a coffee table or lap desk. (You can also use it with a computer, if you’d like.)
If you’re more into cars, we were impressed by Logitech’s G923 racing wheel. It feels like a genuine steering wheel, with a comfortable grip, steel paddle shifters, and a trio of solid pedals. Once it’s clamped …….