Best Media Remotes for Xbox Series X & Series S 2022

PDP Talon Media Remote
PDP Talon Media Remote (Image credit: Windows Central)

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S aren't quite the home entertainment system powerhouses that their predecessor was for a number of reasons, but they're still both excellent boxes to have under your TV to kick back and relax to a movie or your favorite TV show. And like the Xbox One before them, using a game controller to control media playback features on your TV is a little painful. Fortunately, there are some awesome remotes out there ready to make your life so much easier.

If we had to pick...

Why you can trust Windows Central Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

The Xbox is still a fantastic box to have in your living room for all your home media needs in 2020 and beyond, 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 alternatively interact with your console using your voice. It's not a substitute for a dedicated remote, but with an Amazon Echo Dot you can get basic control of media and navigation without having to lift a single finger. And that's always a winner.

Lastly, if you're a fan of high-end home entertainment equipment, the Xbox has a fine friend in the Logitech Harmony Elite. This programmable remote is capable of controlling everything in your entertainment center and even a bunch of your smart home devices. It's pricey, but it's the king of remotes.

For other awesome peripherals to go with your next-gen Xbox console, check out our roundup of all of the best Xbox Series X, Series S accessories on the market.

Richard Devine
Managing Editor - Tech, Reviews

Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at