Control your Xbox with one of these handy remotes.
If you have Xbox One controlling most of the media in your home, you are well aware of how clunky the standard gaming controller can be when trying to command other systems. If you're looking for an easier solution, you may want to consider a media remote for your Xbox One.
We have compiled a list of the best media remotes — both dedicated and universal — you can get to ensure you have a quality user experience every time you pick up that clicker.
Microsoft Xbox One media remote
Directly from Microsoft, the Xbox One media remote is a small, matte black remote that has a rubberized back, which makes it easy to grip in your hand. Plus, it also has gyroscopic sensors that activate the backlight — grabbing the remote will instantly make it light up so you can see all the buttons.
The remote can perform the essential functions you need to enjoy playback of your favorite media such as pause, play, fast-forward, rewind, and stop. The Xbox One Media remote is also capable of turning on and off your Xbox One with the use of the shiny home button at the top of the remote.
This remote is especially useful for people who have set up their Xbox to control their cable box thanks to the TV guide button, which allows you to bring up your cable's channel list whenever you need. It even has a channel up and down button, making navigating your cable box super simple.
If you are looking for a better way to navigate your way through your streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, and an easier way to control your cable box, the Microsoft Xbox One media remote will suit your needs.
If you want to know more, check out our full review of the Microsoft Xbox One Media Remote.
Nyko Media Remote
Though it's a third-party remote, Nyko's media remote is dedicated for use with the Xbox One.
Slightly smaller and thinner than the Microsoft media remote, Nyko's product looks a little more like a traditional remote control. The buttons are rounded rubber that protrudes from the face of the remote, giving this clicker a distinctly retro look. The remote is backlit, so finding the right controls while you're watching movies in the dark is easy.
All the standard playback controls are present: you can play, pause, and fast-forward, all your media at your leisure. The Home button — the one that looks like a house — will automatically take you back to the Xbox One home screen anytime you need, and the menu button will bring up the disc menu on DVDs or Blu-Rays.
There are two buttons that Nyko's remote has that Microsoft's remote doesn't: a power button and an eject button. You may not think either of these are a big a deal, but they both streamline processes that you probably use every day, particularly the power button. With one press your Xbox One will turn off without asking if you're sure.
If you would like to learn more, read our full review of the Nyko Media Remote.
Inteset universal IR learning remote
If you're looking for something that will control your Xbox One that is also works with your other devices, the Inteset universal IR learning remote could be your best bet.
The greatest thing about this remote is it comes preset to use with your Xbox One, which it makes it incredibly easy to set up. Simply by pushing either the A, B, C, and D buttons, you can set up the remote to function for Apple TV, Xbox One, Windows Media Center, and Roku respectively, making it easy to switch back and forth between devices.
The Inteset remote also has the added benefit of having the red, green, yellow and blue buttons all correspond with the standard Xbox One color control buttons, which gives you the ability to do everything the stock gaming controller can do when it comes to media playback.
Logitech Harmony Elite remote
Logitech's Harmony Elite remote has a very modern design, and while it's a little longer than the other remotes on our list, it still fits comfortably in your hand and doesn't feel awkward to hold.
The first thing that stands out for the Harmony Elite is its touchscreen. Acting as the central hub, the touchscreen allows you to access all the different devices you have connected to the remote, making it easy to switch between using your Xbox One, cable box, Apple TV, or any other device.
The remote control is powered by a rechargeable battery and comes with a charging cradle, which is super convenient for people who often misplace their remotes. If you lose the remote, you don't have to worry, because you can download Logitech's controller app, meaning you can control all your devices through your phone, tablet, of the laptop.
How do you control your Xbox One?
Do you use a remote control for your Xbox One? Let us know which one in the comments below!