You can have plenty of fun with an Xbox One right out of the box, but you'll need some extra goodies to truly make the most of Microsoft's do-it-all games console. There are plenty of cheap gadgets that make things like watching movies and chatting with friends easier, as well as a handful of specialized controllers that give an edge to aspiring pro gamers. From storage drives to custom gamepads, here are our favorite accessories for the Xbox One.
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If you need some extra grip on your Xbox controller's analog sticks, Fosmon's performance thumb grips will do the trick. These handy add-ons can be easily applied to the top of your controller's sticks to give you some added height, and ensure that your thumbs don't slip off during those heated Call of Duty or Destiny sessions. The grips come in a pack of four for just a few bucks, and are available in a variety of colors to match any controller.
The Xbox One is an excellent entertainment machine (especially if you have the 4K-ready Xbox One S or Xbox One X), but using a controller to flip through movies and TV shows can be cumbersome. The $19 Xbox One Media Remote gives you a full suite of playback controls, in addition to a special OneGuide button that lets you get to your favorite shows and apps with one click. Plus, the Media Remote works from up to 30 feet away.
Sending messages to your friends or redeeming game codes with your controller can be a nightmare, but Microsoft's Xbox One Chatpad does a nice job alleviating that pain. The Chatpad connects right to the bottom of your controller, putting a full QWERTY keyboard (with extra controls for audio and game capture) right between your thumbs. There's also an included chat headset, allowing you to brag about that big Halo kill either verbally or via text.
Xbox One controllers run on AA batteries and aren't rechargeable out of the box, but you can fix that with PDP's Energizer Charge System. This kit includes two rechargeable battery packs, as well as a handy charging stand that keeps up to two controllers juiced up when you're not using them. The stand even has a battery indicator, so you'll know exactly when your controller is ready for game time.
If you get your TV fix via an HD antenna, Happauge's Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One allows you to connect it to your console. That means that you can navigate your over-the-air channels right from your Xbox One, complete with OneGuide integration that allows you to easily see what's on at any given time.
You're gonna need an extra controller at some point, and the newest version of Microsoft's gamepad is by far the best. The latest Xbox Wireless Controller features newly textured grips, as well as long-range Bluetooth support that allows the gamepad to double as a great PC gaming controller. Want to personalize it? Hit up the Xbox Design Lab and make your own wildly colorful version for $79.
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If you play a lot of games, your Xbox One's internal storage is going to fill up fast, especially if you have a measly 500GB model. Fortunately, Microsoft's console plays nice with external hard drives, and Seagate's hard drives are an efficient and fairly affordable way to store tons of games and take them with you wherever you go.