(Pocket-lint) - The Xbox Series X is finally out, along with its smaller sibling the Xbox Series S, which means that next-generation gaming is finally upon us, at long last.
Whether it's higher frame rates, more lifelike graphics, or higher resolutions, they'll unlock loads more potential for videogames over the years to come, but if you're picking one up soon you might be on the lookout for some nice accessories to improve your experience. We've gathered some of the very best for you, right here.
Best of all, everything on this list has been hand-picked and tested to make sure that it really will enhance your gaming life, rather than breaking down or being unreliable. We've used them all extensively and can vouch for how well-made they are.
Our top pick is the Steelseries Arctis 9X. Other great options include an extra Xbox Wireless Controller, Venom Twin Charging Dock, Seagate 1TB Storage Expansion Card and PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Wired controller.
The best Xbox Series X and S accessories to buy today
Steelseries Arctis 9X
- Amazing sound
- No dongle
- Great controls
- Super comfortable
- Cheaper options out there
Having a next-gen console is all well and good, but if your games' sound is coming out of tinny TV speakers it won't feel all that premium.
Getting a top-quality headset can make a massive difference to your immersion in story-driven games, as well as giving you a big competitive advantage in multiplayer titles, so it's definitely something you should consider. This pair from Steelseries is the best you can get for a new Xbox in our opinion.
Xbox Series X/S accessories we also recommend
Here are four other top accessories that we also recommend for your new Xbox console:
Venom Twin Charging Dock
- More convenient charging
- Save money quickly
- Can be fiddly
Something that continues to rankle despite the progress Xbox has made is that its controllers still ship with AA batteries as the default power supply - meaning you have to swap them out when they're drained.
That can all change with this twin pack of rechargeable packs, and a dual charging dock, which means that you can always have a controller on hand waiting for use.
Xbox Wireless Controller
- Simple and comfortable
- Decent price
- Colour options
- No pro control layout
Of course, when you buy a new console, including the Series X or S, you get a controller bundled in, but that's no help for anyone interested in some couch co-op.
Getting another controller is a must, and the newest Xbox controller is an outstanding candidate for most people's needs. It's got a new D-pad design and more texture, plus a handy share button, but is in most other ways unchanged. That's good, though! This is one of the best pad designs ever.
Seagate 1TB Storage Expansion Card
- Loads more storage
- So easy to use
- Really expensive
This is something that almost any gamer will see value in, even if it's phenomenally expensive at present - more storage! If you want to get more internal storage on your new Xbox Series X or S this is the only game in town.
It slots simply into the back of the console, giving you way more room for games, but at a hefty price that most people will probably balk at.
PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Wired controller
- Great build quality
- Pro control options
- Swappable faceplate
If you want an upgrade on your controller and don't mind going wired, we love this pad from PowerA, which brings extra paddle buttons to let you really get your own playstyle going.
It's also much less expensive than the Xbox equivalent below, which earns it big points, and it feels great in your grip. That all means it represents a great upgrade for anyone who's getting serious about any competitive Xbox game.
Other products we considered
The Pocket-lint editorial team spends hours testing and researching hundreds of products before recommending our best picks for you. We consider a range of factors when it comes to putting together our best guides including physically testing the products ourselves, consumer reviews, brand quality, and value. Many of the devices we consider don’t make our final best guides.
These are the products we considered that ultimately didn't make our top 5:
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
- Xbox Wireless Headset
- dbrand Xbox Series X skins
- LucidSound LS50X
How to choose an Xbox Series X or S accessory
Here are some of the most pressing questions you should be asking yourself as you set about shopping for an accessory or two to go with your console.
What annoys you about your Xbox?
That might sound like a negative way to frame the problem, but if you're looking for an accessory, in many ways you're looking for something that can solve a problem for you. So, what problems do you have with your Xbox? It could be that you always need to have AA batteries for the controller, or that your TV's speakers are terrible, or any number of other issues.
Find yourself a gripe, though, and you'll probably manage to locate a way to fix that problem with an accessory.
Do you mainly play with headphones in?
A good headset is a great shortcut to a more immersive experience in almost any game, and we can't speak highly enough about making that swap. If your speakers are indeed lacking, or if you have housemates who don't need to hear your game's every line of dialogue, this is a great choice for an accessory.
How do you like your controller?
Another big area is around the gamepad you'll be holding. While you could pick up a new standard controller, if you're really into a multiplayer title you might find it more rewarding to opt for a pad with some extra options, like more back-paddle buttons to let you fiddle with your control scheme. These can really change how you experience your favourite games, and give you a leg up.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
For console accessories, that translates to extended use - making these devices and bits of tech part of our everyday gaming routine for a good chunk of time to see how they hold up to extended use. We assess how efficiently they fulfil their brief, and judge how fairly priced they are.
Build quality is hugely important, as is usefulness, and it all comes together to help us decide what we think you should be adding to your Xbox Series X or Series S console - nothing on this list will disappoint you if you pick it up.
We aren’t interested in pointless number crunching or extraneous details - we just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it's going to be like to use. And don’t for a second think that the products aren't tested fully because the reviews are concise.
We’ve been covering tech since 2003, and, in many cases, have not only reviewed the product in question, but the previous generations, too - right back to the first model on the market. There is also plenty of models we've considered that didn't make the cut in each of our buyer's guides.