Best Xbox One Accessories
You can have plenty of fun with an Xbox One right out of the box, but you’ll need some extra goodies to truly make the most of Microsoft’s do-it-all games console. There are plenty of cheap gadgets that make things like watching movies and chatting with friends easier, as well as a handful of specialized controllers that give an edge to aspiring pro gamers. From storage drives to custom gamepads to racing wheels, here are our favorite accessories for the Xbox One.
Nyko Charge Base
Unfortunately, the Xbox One controller still runs on AA batteries instead of being rechargeable, but you can remedy that easily. The $16 Nyko Charge Base includes two rechargeable battery packs for your controllers, as well as a slick-looking charging dock that refuels up to two gamepads at once. Drop your controllers on this base every night, and you can say goodbye to losing power in the midst of a tense firefight.
Xbox One Media Remote
The Xbox One is an excellent entertainment machine (especially if you have the 4K-ready Xbox One S), but using a controller to flip through movies and TV shows can be cumbersome. The $19 Xbox One Media Remote gives you a full suite of playback controls, in addition to a special OneGuide button that lets you get to your favorite shows and apps with one click. Plus, the Media Remote works from up to 30 feet away.
Xbox One Chatpad + Chat Headset
Sending messages to your friends or redeeming game codes with your controller can be a nightmare, but Microsoft’s Xbox One Chatpad does a nice job alleviating that pain. The Chatpad connects right to the bottom of your controller, putting a full QWERTY keyboard (with extra controls for audio and game capture) right between your thumbs. There’s also an included chat headset, allowing you to brag about that big Halo kill either verbally or via text.
Xbox Wireless Controller
You’re gonna need an extra controller at some point, and the newest version of Microsoft’s gamepad is by far the best. The latest Xbox Wireless Controller features newly textured grips, as well as long-range Bluetooth support that allows the gamepad to double as a great PC gaming controller. Want to personalize it? Hit up the Xbox Design Lab and make your own wildly colorful version for $79.
Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive
If you play a lot of games, your Xbox One’s internal storage is going to fill up fast, especially if you have a measly 500GB model. Fortunately, Microsoft’s console plays nice with external storage, and Seagate’s hard drives are an efficient and fairly affordable way to store tons of games (and take them with you wherever you go). We recommend going with at least 2TB, but you can get Seagate’s 1TB drive for just $55.
HyperX Cloud II Headset
The HyperX Cloud II is a headset that defies its $99 price tag, with excellent directional sound and some of the comfiest ear cups we’ve ever worn. The Cloud II offers two swappable sets of ear pads, as well as a noise-cancelling microphone that you can detach when you want to listen to some music or get lost in a single-player adventure.
Xbox One Kinect Sensor
Microsoft’s motion-and-voice-sensing camera simply makes the Xbox One easier to use, letting you do anything from launching games to turning the system on with your voice. Kinect makes a great camera for chatting over Skype or streaming to Twitch, and works with a handful of fun motion-controlled games, including the bundled copy of Dance Central Spotlight.
Thrustmaster VG Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel
If you want games like Forza and Need for Speed to feel as realistic as possible, Thrustmaster’s Ferrari 458 is a great add-on. The 458 has all of the paddles and pedals you need in order to feel like you’re driving a real car, complete with a textured, red, rubber steering wheel befitting of the Ferrari name.
Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller
Paying almost $150 for a controller might sound crazy, but the Elite is worth every penny. This pro-minded gamepad is insanely customizable, with swappable thumbsticks and D-pads as well as optional rear paddles that make it easy to perform key actions in your favorite shooters and racing games. It’s also the most comfortable Xbox controller ever, with a satisfyingly weighty body, a soft-touch skin and durable rear grips built to withstand those extra-long Halo marathons.
Hori Rap V Kai Fighting Stick
If your gaming diet consists of Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, and Dead or Alive 5, you might be eyeing a fight stick to take your game to the next level. Hori’s Rap V Kai is both well-designed and fairly affordable, with durable action buttons and a wide, balanced body that won’t slip out of your lap. The Rap V Kai smartly places menu buttons on the side to prevent midmatch pauses, and its ability to work across Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC makes it great for traveling to tournaments and friends’ houses.