Here are some must-have accessories for your Xbox Series X or Series S.

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The Xbox Series X and Series S consoles launched in November 2020. Whether you were able to get your hands on one in time for launch day, or if you’re still waiting for your lucky break to get one, you may want what new accessories are left with your big purchase.

First, controllers. You probably already know that Microsoft’s wireless Xbox One controller is also compatible with the new Series X / S consoles, which is great. However, the older controller model lacks a few features that can make the newer one a worthy upgrade for you. For example, the revised controller has a dedicated share button to save and share clips and screenshots online, a USB-C port for charging The optional $ 24.99 rechargeable battery for play and charge from Microsoft, along with a few cosmetic and physical enhancements to the d-pad and triggers. It’s not an all-new controller like the PS5’s DualSense, but that’s down to the lower $ 59.99 price tag.

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In addition to working with the Xbox consoles, the new controller also has Bluetooth support, so you can easily connect it to your Android phone, iPhone or PC. If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can use the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10. Microsoft sells the aforementioned PC adapter for $ 24.99.

Xbox wireless headset

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If you need a headset, check out Microsoft’s own Xbox Wireless Headset that costs $ 100. In my review, I found it to be a comfortable, intuitively designed headset well worth the cost, if you can find it in stock. In addition to working well with Xbox consoles, it can connect to another device via Bluetooth at the same time, so you don’t miss a call while gaming.


Xbox wireless headset

Prices taken at time of publication.

Microsoft’s wireless headset for Xbox consoles and PC connects easily as a controller and also supports simultaneous Bluetooth connection for phones or other devices. The rotatable knobs for volume and chat controls make adjustments easy.

You can connect an external hard drive to the USB port on the front or via the USB ports on the back of one of the consoles.
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Delegating your older games to slower, but much cheaper storage is a smart way to make all of your games accessible without crowding out your already limited SSD space. However, it’s worth pointing out that any external USB drive will load significantly slower than what the Series X and Series S respective SSDs can handle. If you fancy more info, check out this in-depth look at various hard drive performance points from Digital foundryis Richard Leadbetter.

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You can of course buy faster storage to add to your Series X / S console, but it will cost you significantly more money than the option above. Microsoft teamed up with Seagate to create proprietary 1TB SSDs that fit into the back of both consoles. These are advertised to be $ 220 SSDs just as fast as the storage in your new console, so this is the best place to keep all the new games you want to quickly load and switch between at will. And if you have the money to burn, you can buy multiple 1TB cards and hot-swap them to access more games.

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If you have a lot of money to spend, maybe it’s time to research a TV upgrade? My colleague Chris Welch researched the best models to take advantage of the Xbox Series X’s graphics power, VRR support, and HDMI 2.1 capabilities. Prices start at around $ 950 for a 65-inch QLED TV from TCL , with LG OLED options at the top at around $ 2,200.

Update May 3, 10:46 AM ET: I’ve included the Xbox Wireless Headset as well as a link to our buying guide for other gaming headsets. I’ve also included my colleague Chris Welch’s buying guide to the best 4K TVs for Xbox Series X.