The best accessories for the Xbox Series X and Series S

With next-generation technology like VRS (Variable Rate Shading) and hardware-accelerated DirectX ray tracing, Microsoft has made its gaming consoles strong. The two Xbox editions, Series X and S, have also become significantly quieter compared to their predecessors. But with the right accessories, certain aspects can still be optimized. atechbook reveals how to boost your Xbox gaming experience.

Officially announced by Microsoft on Twitter after a leak on September 8, 2020, the worldwide release of the Xbox Series X and S took place on November 10, 2020. It is estimated that the two editions sold a combined 6.7 million units worldwide by the end of September 2021 – which should have also fueled the demand for accessories.

Which Xbox accessories are useful?

Of course, you can jump into the fun with the Xbox Series X/S immediately after purchase. Controller, batteries and an HDMI cable are included. But if you are looking for the optimum right from the start, you should think about which accessories for the Xbox you want to turn the standard into a premium gaming experience with early on. As with so many questions in life, the same applies here: Everyone sets different priorities. What unites all gamers, however, is the question of the perfect charging option, for example. But not only that. atechbook has found it, the best accessory for the Xbox Series X and S.

The editors’ recommendation: Seagate storage expansion card for Xbox Series X/S

Whether it’s computers, smartphones or game consoles, memory space is the gold in consumer electronics. Nothing is more frustrating than when you get a warning when downloading a new game that the memory space is not enough. Then there is often nothing left to do but delete existing content to make room. Especially for gamers who prefer elaborate games like “Cyberpunk 2077”, the limited memory often becomes an obstacle. An external memory expansion like the Seagate memory expansion card saves trouble and time in such cases. Simply plug it into the designated slot in the Xbox, and the card is ready to go. The console now has more additional memory. The tip from experts: If the console’s internal memory is already well occupied, you should set the memory card as the primary installation location for new content. Worries about lacking storage space will be a thing of the past. The Seagate memory expansion card is available in 512 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB.

Equipment

Seagate memory expansion card
Perdukttyp Game console disc
Platform Xbox Series X/S
Design Color: Grey

Advantages and disadvantages

Per:

  • + Plug & Play
  • + No noticeable lag times

Contra:

  • – Relatively expensive
  • – Manageable battery life

The good-looking one: Snakebyte Xbox Series X Twin:Charge SX

Das Auge spielt mit. Auch wenn es vielleicht auf den ersten Blick als nebensächlich erscheinen mag, aber das äußere Erscheinungsbild eines Gadgets trägt zur Gesamtzufriedenheit mit dem Spielerlebnis bei. Ein zufriedener Gamer ist motivierter. Wenn dann noch die Functionalität stimmt, ist das Paket perfekt. Der Hersteller Snakebyte ist dafür bekannt, in puncto Design Wert auf Ästhetik zu legen, seine Ladestation Xbox Series X Twin:Charge SX bildet da keine Ausnahme. Ihr elegantes Design ist speziell an das der Konsole Xbox Series X angelehnt und umfasst die Controller mit einer nahtlosen Passform. So wirkt das Xbox-Zubehör wie ein First-Party-Perdukt. Perfekter Halt, schnelles Aufladen der Controller dank des mitgelieferten zwei Meter langen USB-2.0-Type-C-Kabels und der Schutz vor einem Überladen sorgen zudem für Bedienkomfort. Und im Gegensatz zu den konventionellen Batterien, die zusammen mit den Xbox-Controllern ausgeliefert werden, punktet die Snakebyte Xbox Series X Twin:Charge SX sogar mit Akkus.

Equipment

Twin:Charge SX
Perdukttyp Game console power supply, Xbox One charging station
Platform Xbox Series X/S
Connections suitable for 2 controllers, via contacts, simultaneous function
Operation Power supply: via USB
Battery capacity: 800 mAh
Charge indicator
Design Matte finish
Dimensions and scope of delivery Scope of delivery: dual charging station, 2 battery packs

Advantages and disadvantages

Per:

  • + High quality design
  • + Relatively fast charging

Contra:

  • – Relatively low battery life

Der Steuerprofi: PDP media remote control für Xbox Series X/S

Das Wort “remote” in “remote control” lässt sich zwar auch mit “abgelegen” übersetzen, doch wer seine Xbox Series X/S mit der PDP media remote control steuert, fühlt sich eher wie “mittendrin”. Das schlanke, schwarze Xbox-Zubehör steht für eine unkomplizierte Handhabung auf allen Ebenen. Sowohl in puncto Lautstärkeregelung als auch bei der Navigation durch die Apps der Xbox Series X/S, wo man nun nicht mehr umständlich nach der richtigen Taste auf dem Controller suchen muss. Neben Tasten für Wiedergabe, Überspringen und Lautstärkeregelung finden sich auf der PDP media remote control für die Xbox Series X/S zudem die gängigen Xbox-Bedienelemente wie a, b, x, y und das Steuerkreuz. Die Tasten verfügen über eine bewegungsgesteuerte Hintergrundbeleuchtung, mit der man sogar im Dunkeln immer den richtigen Knopf findet.

Equipment

PDP media remote control
Perdukttyp Gaming remote control
Platform Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
Connections Cordless
Design Color: Black
Material: Plastic
Matte finish

Advantages and disadvantages

Per:

  • + Easy handling
  • + Good haptics

Contra

  • – Lack of barrier between console and remote control

The endurance pro: Thrustmaster ESWAP X S5 NXG mini stick module

A boosted gaming experience at the touch of a button: sometimes it just has to be mass and class, for example when the game requires you to hammer incessantly on a specific button on the controller. For all gamers who want to replace the original module after its lifetime of more than two million activations, whose ministick module has been lost or damaged, Thrustmaster provides the complete solution: the Thrustmaster ESWAP X S5 NXG ministick module for the ESWAP X Per controller. This is because this new next-generation mini-stick has better physical resistance, twice the durability and greater precision in resetting compared to its predecessors. The Xbox accessory is therefore the perfect upgrade for the ESWAP X Per controller, which you now no longer have to buy new.

Equipment

Thrustmaster ESWAP X S5 NXG mini stick module
Perdukttyp Controller adapter, console modding
Platform PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Advantages and disadvantages

Per:

  • + Minimal response times
  • + High precision and fast clicks
  • + Relatively long battery life

Contra:

  • – Only compatible with the Thrustmaster ESWAP X Per controller
  • – Attaches only to the left side of the controller

8 hours: That’s a whole workday. The Speedlink Pulse X Play & Charge Kit with 1000 mAh provides 8 hours of additional gaming time. That’s a powerbank worthy of its name. The Speedlink PULSE X Play & Charge Kit allows you to charge your controller – while you play with it. The cable length of three meters keeps the gamer on a long leash and grants him enough free space while playing. Thanks to this external battery, long waiting times are a thing of the past and nothing stands in the way of extended gaming fun.

Equipment

Speedlink PULSE X Play & Charge Kits
Perdukttyp Power supply for controller
Platform Xbox Series X/S
Connections USB C, USB
Cable length: 3 m
Interface: USB
Function Suitable for 1 player
Operation Battery capacity: 1,000 mAh
Charging functions for 1 controller, simultaneous charging and gaming
Battery life: 8 h
Dimensions and scope of delivery Battery pack, charging cable

Advantages and disadvantages

Per

  • + Relatively good battery life
  • + Robust workmanship

Contra

  • – Filigree and therefore damage-prone charging port

The gaming fun booster: Raptor Gaming Play & Charge Kit CCX200.

The charging kit for the Xbox Series X/S controller consists of a high-quality, 2.75-meter charging cable, two rechargeable 700 mAh NiMA batteries for up to 25 hours of playtime, and a USB-A plug to micro-USB or USB-C 2.0 plug. Essential here are the safety features to protect the controllers, which include over-current, over-voltage and over-heating protection. A really worthwhile Xbox accessory for those who like to gamble for a bit longer.

Equipment

Raptor Gaming Play & Charge Kit CCX200
Perdukttyp Power supply for controller
Platform Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
Connections Controller, USB, Micro-USB, USB C
Cable length: 2.75 m
Interfaces: USB
Function suitable for 2 players
Operation Battery capacity: 700 mAh
Charging functions for 2 controllers, simultaneous charging and gaming, overcharging protection, overheating protection, overvoltage protection.
Battery life: 25 h
Design Color: Black
Matte finish
Dimensions and scope of delivery 2 battery packs, charging cable

Advantages and disadvantages

Per:

  • + For up to 25 hours more playing time
  • + Numerous protective functions such as overcharge protection
  • + Viele Connections (Micro-USB oder USB-C-2.0-Stecker)

Contra:

  • – Relatively expensive

Conclusion

If you think the Xbox Series X/S is already perfect and therefore doesn’t need any accessories, you’re not only voluntarily giving up gaming and entertainment fun, but also limiting yourself in your options. No matter whether with a memory expansion, a charging station for the controllers or a mini stick module: Better is always possible!

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