The 8 Best Xbox One Accessories to Buy in 2017

Make your gaming experience better by buying the top Xbox One gadgets

Xbox One controllers and other accessories come in a surprisingly wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and price ranges, so it can be overwhelming when you’re looking to buy something. A good general rule of thumb is that the cheapest option probably isn’t going to be the best, but the most expensive ones aren’t always the top choice, either. Finding the sweet spot between features, build quality, and price is the secret to making the best choice when it comes to gaming accessories. To help you out, we looked at controllers, steering wheels, arcade sticks and more to bring you our definitive list of the best Xbox One accessories to buy in 2017.

When you’re in the market for an extra Xbox One controller, it is usually best to avoid third-party pads. They may be cheaper, but third-party controllers are usually made with lower quality materials, won’t last as long and sometimes don’t even function properly with all games. You are almost always better off spending a little extra cash and buying the official first-party pad from Microsoft. It is a good thing, then, that the Xbox One controller is legitimately fantastic.

The Xbox 360 controller was widely regarded as one of the best gaming controllers ever, but with only a few subtle changes to that beloved design, Microsoft actually managed to top it with the Xbox One controller. The asymmetrical sticks and button layout are the same between the two, but the Xbox One controller is lighter and sleeker and has a much better directional pad. Features like haptic feedback rumble in the triggers (so you feel the action right in your fingertips) can make a big difference in how you experience games.

Because the Xbox One controller uses standard AA batteries you have a lot of battery options, but if you want a reasonably inexpensive rechargeable solution, the Energize 2X Smart Charger is a great choice. For a reasonable price, you get two Xbox One battery packs and a charging stand that lets you charge two Xbox One controllers at once.

An important feature of this charger is that it can charge both standard and Elite controllers, something that some other models can’t do since the Elite has a slightly different battery cover design. We also like the LED display that shows you the charge percentage of each controller. Overall, the 2X Smart Charger is a cool looking, cheap and perfectly functional way to keep your Xbox One controllers charged and ready to go.

If you have some extra cash and want to buy the absolute best controller money can buy for Xbox One, the Elite Controller is a potential game-changer. Designed by Microsoft to be the ultimate game pad, the Xbox One Elite Controller expands on the standard Xbox One controller design by adding a swappable d-pad that you can put different tops on, swappable analogue sticks of different sizes (taller analogue sticks give you finer control because they have more travel) and a set of paddle buttons on the back of the controller that you can map to the face buttons (so you don’t have to take your thumbs off the sticks to press buttons).

All of these features combine to create one of the best hardcore gaming controllers on the market, as it really can improve your gameplay, particularly in competitive shooters. It comes at a pretty hefty price tag, but it includes the controller, extra d-pads, sticks and paddles, all in a plastic carrying case. This is a high-end luxury gaming controller, but it is worth every penny.

The Xbox One isn’t quite the fighting game powerhouse the PS4 is, largely because Street Fighter V is a PS4 console exclusive, but there are still enough great fighters like Killer Instinct and Dead Or Alive 5 Last Round on Xbox One (not to mention X360 fighters playable via backward compatibility) to justify getting an arcade stick. For Xbox One arcade sticks, we like the Hori Real Arcade Pro V Kai. It is quite a bit cheaper than comparable Mad Catz sticks, and is extremely mod-friendly, so you can install different buttons and a new joystick if you want without too much trouble. And the chassis features heavy-duty construction that will hold up under intense gaming sessions for years to come. Even better, the RAP V Kai is compatible with Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC so you can get your fight on at a reasonable price across a range of systems.

The Xbox One has a ton of fantastic driving games like Forza Horizon 2, Forza Motorsport 6 and DiRT Rally that are a blast with a normal controller, but to really get the full racing experience, and maybe even improve your lap times, a force feedback steering wheel like the Thrustmaster TMX is worth picking up. The TMX offers 900 degrees of motion and full force feedback so you feel every bump and slip and slide your tires make, as the wheel actually moves on its own in your hands.

The pedal set is heavy-duty and both pedals have adjustable inclination angles, and a great feature is that the brake pedal has progressive resistance (the more you press, the harder it is to press down), which makes it feel like a real mechanical brake pedal in a real car.

The Xbox One isn’t just a gaming system; it is also a fantastic media center with dozens of streaming video and music apps, as well as the ability to play DVD and Blu Ray movies. Controlling all of these features with a standard controller is less than optimal, however, so if you want simpler and more convenient media controls, the official Xbox One Media Remote is a must have.

The Media Remote is small and simply designed and gives you full control over Blu Rays, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Go, Crunchyroll, WWE Network, or any of the dozens of other available entertainment apps. Buying it won’t break the bank, and it can really improve your experience if you make extensive use of your Xbox One as a media center.

Hashing out text messages or putting in redemption codes with the Xbox One controller can be kind of a pain but Microsoft has a solution in the Xbox One Chatpad. The Chatpad is a little QWERTY keyboard that snaps to the bottom of the Xbox One controller and lets you quickly and easily input text with your thumbs. It admittedly does seem a little gimmicky at first, but if you send a lot of messages on Xbox Live it really makes things a lot easier and more efficient. There are cheaper third-party chatpad models, but we like the official Microsoft version due to guaranteed compatibility, sturdier build quality and the fact it comes with a chat headset.

With game install sizes regularly topping 40GB each, it only takes a handful of games to fill up the paltry 500GB internal hard drive most Xbox One systems come with. The good news is that you can easily add extra storage to your system via an external USB hard drive and still use the internal drive. Unlike the PS4 where you have to open up the system and jump through hoops to replace the hard drive, adding more storage to your Xbox One is as easy as plugging in a USB cable. 

You can use any USB 3.0 external hard drive with at least 256GB of storage, but we recommend the 2TB Seagate Game Drive for Xbox. It gives you two terabytes of extra storage and looks cool with a snazzy Xbox green finish. There are other external hard drive options available, but we like the Seagate Game Drive for its small form factor (the thing is tiny) and reasonable price for the amount of space compared to other drives.

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