Best Media Remotes for Xbox One Windows Central 2019

If you use the Xbox One to control most of the media in your home, you're 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. Here are some of our favorites.

Top pick: PDP Talon Media Remote

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The PDP Talon Media Remote looks more like a universal remote than a dedicated Xbox remote. All the standard buttons you'd find on any remote are here — play, pause, stop, rewind, fast-forward, and more — but it's larger and has more dedicated buttons. Like most Xbox remotes, this one uses IR and has some limited TV control capabilities.

$20 at Amazon

Super compact: Nyko media remote

Slightly smaller and thinner than the Microsoft media remote, Nyko's looks a little more like a traditional remote control. The buttons are made of rounded rubber and are backlit, all the standard playback controls are present, and the Home button will take you back to the Xbox One home screen anytime you need it. There are two buttons that Nyko's remote has that Microsoft's doesn't: a power button and an eject button, which is neat.

$23 at Amazon

Budget universal: Inteset universal IR learning remote

If you're looking for something that will control your Xbox One that also works with your other devices, the Inteset universal IR learning remote is perfect. It comes preset to use with your Xbox One, which makes it incredibly easy to set up. Simply by pushing either the A, B, C, or 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.

$26 at Amazon

King of remotes: Logitech Harmony Elite remote

Logitech's Harmony Elite is the current pinnacle of universal remotes. The first thing that stands out is its touchscreen, which 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. One-touch can turn on your TV, set the input, turn on the Xbox, and switch on your speaker system. It can even control your smart lights. It has a rechargeable battery and charging dock, as well as a hub allowing control through your smartphone.

$270 at Amazon

Voice commands: Amazon Echo Dot

The Xbox skill for Alexa means you can control just about every aspect of your Xbox One with your voice, and the 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot is the best way to do this. It's small enough to blend in anywhere; the newer version sounds excellent for listening to music, but best of all, you can change channels, volume, launch apps, games, movies, and so much more all with your voice.

$35 at Amazon

Free bonus: Xbox app for iOS and Android

A good remote is definitely the best way to control media on your Xbox One, but let's face it, there will be times you just can't find it. For that, a little bonus tip is that you can use the Xbox app on your iPhone or Android device. Once you've linked the app to your console through your home network, you'll be able to do some basic navigation to get your favorite movie or show rolling!

Free at Apple

If we had to pick...

The Xbox One is an amazing 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.

And if you're a fan of high-end home entertainment equipment, the Xbox One will be right at home in your setup with the Logitech Harmony Elite. This programmable remote is capable of controlling everything in your entertainment center. It's the one remote to rule them all.

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