The latest Microsoft gaming console is the Xbox One X. If you are planning to purchase the system, there are several accessories that we recommend checking out if you want to get the most out of it. You can find our buying guide for the best and most essential Xbox One accessories below.
About the Xbox One X and Project Scorpio Edition
Before we begin, let’s talk a little bit about the Xbox One X. The new console is currently the most powerful of its time as it is 40 percent more powerful when compared to its closest competitor, the PlayStation 4 Pro. With the added power, gamers will be able to play supported Xbox One games with better frame rates, anti-aliasing, resolution and/or other visual enhancements.
At launch, Microsoft will have two bundles. The standard bundle features the 1 TB system and Xbox One Wireless Controller. The Project Scorpio Edition features a specially marked 1 TB system and controller in addition to having a vertical stand. If you are interested and haven’t done so already, you can purchase the two bundles with the following links: Standard Bundle and Project Scorpio Edition Bundle.
Officially licensed Xbox One external hard drives
The Xbox One X supports resolutions of up to 4K. In order to take advantage of that increased resolution, certain games such as Forza Motorsport 7 requires you to download texture packs that are massive in file sizes. As a result, the 1 TB internal hard drive of the X will quickly be filled up. Fortunately, the Xbox One X supports external hard disk drives as you can install and run games via the USB connected storage devices.
Microsoft teamed up with Seagate to create a range of external HDDs for the Xbox One and Xbox One X. There are three available size options for the Seagate Game Drives: 2 TB, 4 TB and 8 TB. If you want faster looking times, you might want to check out the 512 GB SSD instead. You can find the officially licensed external hard drives on Amazon with the following links:
Xbox One Media Remote
The Xbox One X, along with the Xbox One S, are the only home consoles capable of playing 4K Blu-ray movies. Along with its other multimedia features, the system can be a great media hub with the lone exception of having to use the Xbox One Controller for navigation.
Fortunately, Microsoft does has an official media remote for the entire Xbox One family of systems. The accessory is designed so that you don’t have to turn on your Xbox One X with the Xbox One Controller. With the OneGuide button, you will be able to quickly navigate the menus of the system. The other notable features include video playback control, 30 foot wireless range in addition to motion activated backlit buttons.
You can purchase the Xbox One Remote with this page.
Turtle Beach Ear Force Elite 800X Premium Fully Wireless Gaming Headset
While the Xbox One X provides impressive visuals, you will also see a proper sound setup so that you can get the most out of your games as audio will really immerse you into the digital worlds.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Elite 800X Premium Fully Wireless Gaming Headset is great for the Xbox One X as it is not too pricey when compared to purchasing a set of surround speakers. Not to mention that you don’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbors if you decide to crank up the volume.
The 800X features DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound, which adds a 3D 360-degree sound stage so that you can be able to identify which direction a sound is coming from. You will also be able to customize the surround sound modes and EQ audio presets for specific games in addition to music and movies.
Another unique feature is Superhuman Hearing. With this sound setting, you should be able to hear softest and most subtle sounds, which further adds to the immersion of playing Xbox One X games. The headphones also use active-noise cancellation so that you can block out any external noises that may ruin your immersion.
The included microphone features Dynamic Chat Boost as it will automatically increase your team chat audio when your teammates are talking. It also includes Mic Monitoring, which adds the ability to hear your own voice from within the headset.
The other notable features for the product are an extensive battery life of up to 10 hours as well as a magnetic charging stand.
If you are interested, you can purchase the Turtle Beach Ear Force Elite 800X Premium Fully Wireless Gaming Headset via this link.
Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller
While box Xbox One X bundles come with a wireless controller, you might want to consider upgrading to the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller. The gamepad is built for maximum comfort as it uses low-friction, reinforced rings for its thumb sticks in addition to having a rubberized diamond grip.
Gamers will also have plenty of customization options as the Xbox One Elite pad comes with a set of six thumb sticks, four paddles and two directional pads. By using the application on the Xbox One X, you can further customize the settings and reassign buttons. Last but not least, a carrying case is also included.
While expensive, the Xbox One Elite Controller is easily the best gamepad for the Xbox One X. If you are interested, you can purchase the Elite with this page.
Xbox One Play and Charge Kit
You need AA batteries to power both the standard Xbox One Wireless Controller in addition to the aforementioned Xbox One Elite Controller. If don’t like to buy and replace AA batteries, then you should check out the official Xbox One Play and Charge Kit.
The accessory provides up to 30 hours of usage per full charge. Recharging is also quick as it takes less than four hours for a full recharge. Not to mention that you can also charge the battery while your Xbox One X is on standby; thus, you don’t have to fully power on your console.
You can find the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit via this link.
Officially Licensed Xbox One Vertical Stand
If you are only getting the standard Xbox One X bundle, you won’t get the vertical stand. Thankfully, you can buy PowerA’s officially licensed stand, which is designed so that you can securely placed the heavy system vertically without having to worry about it being tipped over.
You can purchase the PowerA Vertical Console Stand for Xbox One X here.
Xbox Live Gold
One last essential product that you should buy along with your Xbox One X console is Xbox Live Gold. The service is required if you want to play online multiplayer games with the system. Being a member also provide other benefits such as exclusive discounts in addition to free Xbox 360 and Xbox One games that are playable on the X (the list of free games are refreshed every month).
If you aren’t already a member, you can get a 12 month subscription for Xbox Live Gold with this page.
So, if you are purchasing the Xbox One X, make sure you check out our aforementioned list of the best accessories to buy along with the new gaming system from Microsoft.