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So you've purchased--or are considering buying--an Xbox One or Xbox One X. Nice work. It's a fantastic gaming console, home to a growing list of incredible games. But if you want to do this thing right, and if you want to get the most out of your powerful gaming console, you'll want some additional items. Here are some of the most useful Xbox One accessories money can buy.
Playing solo is great. So is playing with others online. But there's something special about playing games with someone else in the same room. And since the Xbox One only comes with a single controller, you'll need another one (or more) to get the most out of your console.
- Buy an Xbox One controller -- $44
There's nothing wrong with a standard Xbox One controller. But if you want to gain every advantage you can, you'll want to upgrade to an Xbox One Elite Controller. This controller lets you tweak, adjust, and swap out just about every component to create a controller that's built exactly to your preferences. If you want to look to the future, you can also now pre-order the Xbox Elite Series 2, Microsoft's recently-announced upgrade to the Elite that's coming out in November 2019.
- Buy an Elite Controller -- $150
Xbox One Play and Charge Kit
Your Xbox One controllers can eat up a whole lot of AA batteries over time. To reduce waste and to save yourself from having to maintain a mountain of disposable batteries, why not grab a Play and Charge Kit? It's a lithium ion battery pack that lets you easily recharge your controllers between play sessions. That way, you won't have to keep track of a bunch of AAs, and you'll never run out of juice.
- Buy Play and Charge Kit -- $25
Xbox Live Gold Membership
If you want to play most of today's biggest games, from Overwatch to Rainbow Six Siege, you'll need to take your games online. An Xbox Live Gold membership lets you do just that. It also gets you special discounts and free games each month, making it one of the best deals in all of gaming.
Turtle Beach Stealth Wireless Headset
Playing online without a headset is like digging a hole without a shovel. You can do it, but it's not recommended. In addition to letting you communicate with teammates, headsets let you play games as loud as you want without disturbing anyone who might be asleep. This one is wireless and connects directly to your console.
External Hard Drive
Games haven't gotten any smaller as we've moved from standard definition into HD and 4K. While the onboard storage you get in an Xbox One might be enough for a while, there's a good chance you'll run out of space before long. Instead of deleting your games, try adding an external hard drive.
Xbox One Media Remote
Sure, you can control your streaming services and Blu-rays using an Xbox One controller, but it's not the best tool for the job. Xbox One Media Remote makes it a cinch to pause, play, and skip around your movies and music. Microsoft's official media remote seems to be hard to track down at time of this writing, but there are plenty of officially-supported alternatives, like the below from Nyko.
Xbox One Racing Wheel with Pedals
The Forza series reliably puts out some of the finest racing games on the planet--and that's to say nothing of all the non-Xbox-exclusive racing games out there. There's no better way to immerse yourself fully in the race than with this Logitech Dual-Motor Feedback Driving Wheel with Pedals.