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The best Xbox Series X and Series S accessories in 2024

These controllers, headsets, remotes and more can take your gaming experience up a notch.

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In the nearly four years since Microsoft debuted the Xbox Series X and Series S, device makers have come out with a plethora of accessories to use with both consoles. There are more wireless headset choices now than ever before, and the same goes for SSD storage, controllers and more. If you just got the gaming console, or you’re looking for a way to make your gaming experience feel like new again, the right accessories can do that. These are our recommendations for the best Xbox Series X and Series S accessories you can get right now.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Game Pass Ultimate remains one of the best deals in gaming. For $16.99 a month, you get access to a large library of games on Xbox and PC (including day-one access to Microsoft titles), online play, and cloud gaming across a variety of devices. If you own an Xbox, it makes more sense to subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate for a year instead of buying a few full-priced games. And while the recurring cost may seem high, you'll be sold the first time you play Forza Horizon 5 or Halo Infinite on your phone, tablet or computer.

$45 at Amazon

Xbox Elite Series Core 2 Controller

We're big fans of Microsoft's Elite Series 2 Controller, but their high price sometimes makes them hard to recommend. That's where the Elite Series 2 Core comes in: It's basically just the higher-end controller without any of its additional accessories (you can purchase extra thumbsticks and other components down the line). Still, you'll get a more premium build quality than the standard Xbox gamepad, and you'll also be able to customize your gameplay experience with adjustable triggers. If you're more than a casual gamer, you'll notice the difference.

$130 at Target

8BitDo Ultimate Wired Controller

8BitDo's Ultimate wireless controller is one of our favorite third-party gamepads for the Nintendo Switch and PC, thanks to its comfortable design, rear buttons and Hall Effect sensor joysticks (which avoid drifting). The Xbox version has all of those features – except the ability to go completely wireless. Still, even with a cable, the Ultimate controller is one of the best options around for the Xbox, especially since it's often on sale for far less than wireless alternatives.

If you're more interested in playing older games, or are just looking for a different style of controller, we're also huge fans of 8BitDo's Pro 2. It's incredibly comfortable, and its directional pad is one of the best on the market. It also makes a great controller for PC gaming (though any recent Xbox controller will also work on computers over Bluetooth).

$45 at Amazon

Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas One

If you play Microsoft Flight Simulator long enough, you'll realize you can only go so far with a standard gamepad. Time for a flight stick! After conferring with flying simulator fanatics, and perusing plenty of reviews, we'd recommend jumping on Thrustmaster's T-Flight Hotas One joystick. It offers realistic five-axis control, 14 buttons and a detachable throttle. And unlike some clunky PC solutions, it's compact enough to fit on a coffee table or lap desk. (You can also use it with a computer, if you'd like.)

$79 at B&H Photo
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$100 at Walmart$100 at Amazon

Logitech G923 Racing Wheel

If you're more into cars, we were impressed by Logitech's G923 racing wheel. Add it to your gaming setup and it'll feel like a genuine steering wheel, with a comfortable grip, steel paddle shifters, and a trio of solid pedals. Once it's clamped to a table, it delivers a surprisingly realistic driving experience – all the better to tear through Mexico in Forza Horizon 5. It's definitely pricey at $400, but it's a high-quality investment that'll last for many racing games to come.

$350 at Amazon
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$350 at B&H Photo$345 at Walmart

Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S

If you were lucky enough to nab a new Xbox Series X or S at launch, chances are you're already familiar with their storage limitations. Luckily, you can easily give yourself a bit more breathing room with one of Seagate's storage expansion cards, which are just as fast as the speedy SSDs inside the consoles. In addition to the 1TB card that arrived at launch, Seagate also recently unveiled 512GB and 2TB options. We'd recommend going for 1TB at this point, especially since its price has fallen to $150. But if you can afford it, the 2TB SSD will certainly last longer.

$150 at Adorama
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$159 at Walmart$140 at Best Buy

Seagate 2TB Game Drive

You can also connect traditional, external hard drives, like Seagate's 2TB Game Drive, to the Xbox Series X and S over USB. They're far too slow to run current-gen games at their full speed, but they give you a boatload of storage for a much cheaper price. They're useful to have around for playing games from the original Xbox, as well as the 360. And they can also be used as "cold storage" to free up space on your precious SSD. Newer games can easily move back and forth between those drives, which prevents you from having to download them again.

$91 at Walmart
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$90 at Adorama$90 at Best Buy

SteelSeries Arctis 9X

You deserve better than experiencing your video game via crummy TV speakers. While you could just plug in whatever wired headphones you have laying around into your Xbox controller, we'd recommend investing in a wireless gaming headset. They'll likely sound better, and they remove the whole cord problem entirely. The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is one of the best Xbox wireless headset options around, with beefy drivers, a comfortable fit and sturdy build quality. We were impressed during our hands-on testing, as they sounded just as good as the company's excellent Arctis Pro PC headphones.

$182 at Amazon
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$200 at Best Buy$175 at Newegg

8Bitdo Media Remote

Tired of controlling Netflix playback with your controller? Then pick up 8BitDo's Media Remote. Available in long and short designs (the latter removes numbers and other extraneous buttons), they're well-made remotes that fit the Xbox's clean aesthetic and, with their low price point, they're an excellent value. I've been using the short model to control 4K Blu-rays and tons of streaming apps, and it's far easier to use than a controller when it comes to quickly fast-forwarding. Now, I don’t have to put my drink down to skip to another chapter.

$25 at Amazon
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$25 at Best Buy$25 at Newegg