Best Media Remotes for Xbox 2022

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If you use the Xbox to control most of the media in your home, you're well aware of how clunky the standard Xbox 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, Series S, or Series X. Here are some of our favorites.

NOTE: The Xbox Series X|S does not have an IR blaster built in, so media features will need HDMI-CEC to function properly. If your TV doesn't support HDMI-CEC, you'll be able to control your Xbox, but things like volume, audio controller, and TV power settings, etc. won't work. For more information on Xbox and HDMI-CEC support, head here.

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The Xbox is a fantastic box to have in your living room for all your home media needs, and a great remote can enhance your experience. The superb PDP Talon is an excellent remote by any standards, let alone for a console. It has all the Xbox buttons, is well made and affordable, and ticks all the boxes.

By contrast, you can now finally (once again) interact with your console using your voice. It's not a substitute for a dedicated remote, but with an Amazon Echo Dot you can turn the console on and off, launch apps and games, and much more besides.

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