In 2020, Microsoft kickstarted a new console cycle with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Both of these beefy consoles sport much more powerful internals, beating out their Xbox One X and Xbox One S cousins with improved SSD storage, better CPUs, and much more. However, no home console experience is complete without some sexy accessories to go with it. We're rounding up our top picks for accessories that are confirmed to be compatible with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S to make sure you're getting the best experience.
Best keyboard and mouse
It ain't cheap, but it is quite possibly the best keyboard and mouse option for Xbox right now. Why would you want a keyboard and mouse for your console, though? Many games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite now support keyboard and mouse on Xbox, with more likely on the way.
Enormous 2800mAh batteries, rapid recharging, and convenient docking cradle make the Rapthor rechargeable battery packs a winner. These AA-sized cells can be used with any Xbox controller, and make for a good hot-swap option for those who don't want to fork out for the more expensive Elite Series 2 controller.
Best media remote
The PDP Talon remote has been updated for Xbox Series X and S, removing the defunct number keys for a sleeker, more modern profile. This will control all of your streaming apps, from Netflix to Disney+.
Xbox Cloud controller
The Razer Kishi transforms your mobile device into a dedicated streaming handheld, as long as it supports USB-C. Connect the Razer Kishi with a large range of popular phones, and you'll be able to take your Xbox Series X or S games on the road.
Another cloud option
While the Razer Kishi does have an edge in the ergonomics department, the GameSir X2 supports a far, far larger range of devices thanks to its unique USB-C pivot system. The clamp extends to phones and small tablets up to 6.8 inches, and you don't need to worry about rubber inlays like the Razer Kishi.
Best phone clip
If you're going to take your gaming on the go but don't want to pay for a Razer Kishi, the cheap and cheerful MOGA Phone Clip 2.0 for Xbox gaming is a great alternative option.
Best affordable wireless headset
The best entry-level Xbox headset on the market right now comes from Microsoft themselves, although it's quite hard to find in stock. This headset sports Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless, allowing you to switch and even mix audio devices at the flick of a button. It has decent audio and solid build quality, for a relatively affordable price.
Best Xbox headset
This is the best dollar-for-dollar Xbox headset you can get, with meticulously balanced audio, a great mic experience, and premium materials for an all-around great experience. This headset will not disappoint.
Best affordable headset
The HyperX CloudX is the cheapest headset that retains a baseline level of quality. Anything cheaper than this, and the headsets will likely break anyway, forcing you to buy new ones. This headset is built to last and sounds tremendous for its price.
Best Xbox controller
It's not cheap, but the high volume of configurable features makes this controller a winner for those who want a fully customizable experience. The charging dock and 40-hour wireless battery life is also the best in the business.
Best wired controller
The Razer Wolverine V2 lacks wirelessness sadly (due to patent drama), but it makes up for it with an epic slate of great features that elevate your competitive edge. With standard features like deadzone controls and back buttons, it also elevates your game with unique sensitivity throttles, letting you adjust between rapid movements and precision aiming at the flick of a switch.
These are the handiest AA batteries you can get for a basic Xbox controller. The nifty charging station and Eneloop-patented design ensure that these cells will last far longer than regular AA batteries, even after multiple recharges.
Best next-gen storage
It isn't cheap, but right now, this is the only storage solution that is compatible with Xbox Series X next-gen games. You can use USB storage too, but to get next-gen features and loading speeds, you'll have to move them to an internal device or this memory card solution from Seagate.
Best deep storage option
While you can't run next-gen games directly from this SSD, you can use it for rapid deep storage, allowing you to store games while saving a decent amount of cash on the internal expansion card. This Xbox-branded buddy has an attractive light and small profile, with a standard USB interface allowing it to be used with virtually any device too.
Our top Xbox Series X/S accessory picks
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There are hundreds of great products out there that could qualify as the "best Xbox Series X, Series S accessories," but these are our absolute top picks to get the most out of your next-gen Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S experiences.
One thing you can never be without is a good headset, and we've rounded up the best Xbox Series X, Series S headsets over here. But if I had to pick just one, my favorite is the LucidSound LS35X. This headset punches above its price point for sound quality and design, with robust materials that are built to last not months, but years. It also has a microphone that beats practically all of its competitors, even on headsets with far higher price points. I always opt for the HyperX CloudX for an entry-level alternative, but quite honestly, anything cheaper than the HyperX is not worth buying in my opinion.
As for other accessories, if you plan to use your Xbox as your main media hub, the PDP Talon media remote is a good shout. The previous-gen versions were robustly designed and worked well.
If you plan to use Xbox Series X or S console streaming, grabbing the Razer Kishi for your Android or iOS device is a great investment. Microsoft will push hard on bringing its flagship console games to mobile devices over the next year, so picking up a Kishi will ensure you're ready to take your console experience on the road when the time comes.
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Jez Corden a Managing Editor at Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
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