Take gaming to the next level with these Xbox One add-ons.
There’s no denying you can have a ton of fun with your Xbox One right out of the box. After all, it comes with everything you need to start playing: the console, gamepad, and usually some games, depending on which box deal you bought.
But if you’re a hardcore Xbox One gamer–or just want to take your gaming to the next level, there’s actually a ton of add-ons you can buy that could improve your overall gaming experience.
From third-party controllers to official Microsoft add-ons, these are the best Xbox One accessories of 2017.
It sucks when you're playing and you get that darn notification that your controller’s batteries are about to die. If you don’t have a spare handy, you're only other option is to plug the controller into the Xbox via a hardwire.
But let's face it: that’s not ideal. That’s where the Venom Twin Docking Station comes in. It lets you dock two Xbox One controllers at once when you are done playing to make sure they are always getting a charge between gaming sessions. And best of all it retails for under £15.
Yeah, you wouldn’t think a stand would be such a killer accessory, but it is. The Xbox One S Vertical Stand is built for the new Xbox One S and it allows you to stand the Xbox One S vertically.
Depending on your home entertainment setup, this can make it much easier to position your Xbox to your liking. I use the stand on my Xbox One S and I can say its quality is top-notch. It’s sturdy as heck and there’s no way it will allow your Xbox One S to topple over.
Gaming consoles today are much more than just boxes to play video games on. They are full-fledged media entertainment centers that allow you to watch everything from streaming videos from Netflix and Amazon Video to live television.
While you can navigate all the TV interfaces with the standard Xbox remote, haven this official media remote makes it a much nicer experience when using your Xbox as a media center.
Sure you can play any racing game with the Xbox One gamepad, but why not make it more realistic by grabbing the Logitech G920 UK Plug Driving Force Racing Wheel? This baby will actually make you feel like you’re driving that race car.
It features paddle shifters that help you make crisp, precise gear transitions, force feedback, soft rubber grips, and a 900-degree wheel rotation on the wheel portion and a carpet grip system on the pedals.
While many people only pay attention to the graphics of a game, the sound engineering and sound design usually add just as much to the gameplay. Unfortunately that sound design is usually diminished if you’re simply outputting a game’s audio through your telly speakers.
But if you grab the awesome Xbox Stereo Headset you’ll be able to hear crisp, clear, powerful sound effects pumped right into your ears. The Xbox Stereo Headset plugs right into your wireless controller too, so you don’t need to run an audio cable from your Xbox all the way to your couch.
Xbox Live Gold Membership
This is one of those things gamers often overlook since it's not a physical accessory. However a Xbox Live Gold Membership is probably the addon that adds the most to your Xbox experience.
Memberships can be bought in three-month or annual options and give subscribers access to download two to three Xbox 360 and Xbox One games each month. And they get to keep those games forever–even if they no longer subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. Really, this is one of the best deals out there if you want to build up your gaming library.
If you bought your Xbox One with one of the smaller storage options and now find you need more storage space to hold all the games and updates you are downloading–fear not!
The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is a 2TB USB 3.0 external hard drive designed exclusively for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. This means you don’t have to do any formatting for it for your Xbox to pick it up and begin using it for storage–just plug in into the Xbox’s USB port and you are good to go.