In spite of a rough start, the current executive team at Microsoft has done a commendable job turning the Xbox One into a respectable platform. With incredible games like Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead, and the upcoming release of the Xbox One X (Buy on Amazon for $ 499.99), this has been a particularly strong year for Redmond. And with the release of new hardware, and the ever-sinking price of the existing units, there are bound to be loads of new users jumping on the Xbox One bandwagon this holiday season.
If you’ve snagged an Xbox One on the cheap, or you’re excited about enjoying the Xbox One X in 4K, consider investing in some accessories to improve your experience. From game streaming to online multiplayer to game storage, there’s something here to enhance nearly every aspect of your console.
Xbox One Elite Controller
While the Xbox One controller that ships alongside the console is perfectly fine for most people, there’s definitely a market for a high-end replacement. The wildly customizable Elite controller is pricey, but the flexibility is alluring. Not only can it be configured with hair triggers and easy-to-hit paddles, but the sticks and d-pads can be swapped out for alternate versions as well. Buy on Amazon for $ 135.62.
Xbox One Media Remote
Consoles aren’t just for games anymore. The truth is, many of us use the Xbox One for video and audio playback more often than we use it to play video games. If you find yourself mostly browsing Netflix or watching Blu-rays, this remote is a worthwhile investment. Not only is it more approachable to the non-gamers in your household, but this IR remote stays on at all times – unlike your controller. Buy on Amazon for $ 33.90.
Xbox One Chatpad
While text entry is easy to gloss over when we think about console gaming, many of us spend a significant amount of time typing with a controller. Searching for new games, chatting with friends, entering passwords – all of those activities are commonplace, and most of us just use the lackluster software keyboard. But if you invest in the Xbox One Chatpad, you can easily type on a physical keyboard with your thumbs; reminiscent of the days of the Blackberry. And since it features two programable buttons and volume controls, you can avoid using the menus to make quick adjustments. Buy on Amazon for $ 29.99.
Xbox One Play and Charge Kit
The battery life of the Xbox One controller is superior to the DualShock 4‘s, but repeatedly swapping out AAs as you play is a hassle. Thankfully, Microsoft has the play and charge kit to solve that problem. This lithium-ion battery pack slides into the back of your controller, and allows you to charge over the built-in micro USB port. It’s just a shame that Microsoft refuses to build a rechargeable battery into the controller in the first place. Buy on Amazon for $ 23.76.
Turtle Beach Ear Force XO Headset
If you’re playing online with friends, you’re going to want to grab a comfy headset. Even if you’re one of the few with a Kinect, you just can’t beat having a unidirectional mic pointed at your mouth. Keep in mind, other headsets will absolutely work with the Xbox One, but this is an excellent option if you don’t already have a preferred model. And since it’s compatible with every iteration of the Xbox One controller, even early adopters can take advantage of this headset. Buy on Amazon for $ 59.90.
Elgato Game Capture HD60 S
The streaming and local game capture available on the Xbox One is decent, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, you can augment your recording and streaming experience by investing in this HDMI capture gear from Elgato. Not only can you capture and stream 1080p video at 60 frames per second, but the Game Capture HD software also allows you to add a webcam feed for a closer connection with your audience. Buy on Amazon for $ 167.95.
Samsung T5 External SSD
While replacing the internal drive of a PS4 is a breeze, Microsoft has made it much more difficult for the Xbox One. Cracking open your Xbox One to replace the hard drive will void your warranty, but there is a simple solution: external storage. Plug in this USB SSD to your Xbox One, and you’ll instantly add an extra 500GB of storage to your console. Since the standard internal drive in the Xbox One is so sluggish, you’ll likely see better performance when loading your games from an external drive anyway. Buy on Amazon for $ 179.99.
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