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The clock is ticking on Microsoft finally releasing their next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series S and Series X, to the UK, and it’s time you started to think about gaming accessories.
From controllers and wireless headsets, to external hard drives and games, you need to prepare yourself for the future of video games ahead of time so you’re not scrambling to pick up the best equipment alongside the rest of the world when the consoles launch.
It’s no secret that both Sony and Microsoft had difficulty when launching pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5, and that retailers across the UK will now struggle to fulfil those pre-orders because so many people jumped online to secure their own.
Because of this, we recommend making sure you get the accessories and bundles you want way ahead of release date, just in case they also run out – the worst thing would be to get your shiny new Series X and have no controller to play it with.
Thankfully, stock on these accessories remains high ahead of the Series X and Series S release on November 10, and prices are reasonable for some of the top-end devices to help make your gaming experience better.
Check out our top picks for the Xbox Series X and S below and upgrade your gaming right now.
Best Xbox Series X and Series S accessories
Xbox Series X controllers
In time for the release of the two new consoles, Microsoft has released a slightly new design on the standard controller, complete with a fresh new colour.
You can get the standard black and white colours that you’d normally see, but now there is Shock Blue as standard controllers that you can pick up with the Xbox Series X and S.
You can pre-order them now for £54.99 in any colour, or go for slightly different designs and colours should you want to customise your own controller and make it your own.
For example, ahead of Cyberpunk 2077 (November 19) you can get a themed controller for the futuristic new game from CD Projekt Red for £59.99.
Or, for the Minecraft fans, get this adorable pink pig-themed controller for £64.99.
If you’re taking your games seriously, you should check out Microsoft’s impressive Elite gaming controllers, which are a lot more expensive but offer much more versatility with how you play your games.
They have four paddles on the back of the controller which can be remapped to be any button you wish. You can then change all the front-facing buttons – A, B, X, Y – and map them onto the rear trigger flaps so you never have to take your thumb off the joystick, which can give you the edge on competitive games.
The idea is you can still reload, crouch, or interact without having to stop aiming, perfect for shooter games like Call of Duty or Overwatch. You can also remove the joysticks and the d-pad and replace them with longer or shorter buttons depending on how you like to aim.
Finally, Microsoft’s adaptive controller offers the ability to play games if you find it hard or impossible to hold the regular controller.
The expanded controller makes it easier for handicapped gamers to keep on playing, with larger buttons and remapping to assist in mobility issues.
Xbox Series X External Hard Drives
We have covered all sorts of different external hard drives before, but Microsoft and Seagate have combined to offer an impressive device to expand your gaming library.
It might be expensive, coming in at £219.99, but the expansion cards on the Series X and S allow you to add an additional terabyte of storage to your new console.
They plug into the back, similar to the archaic memory cards of old-school gaming, and require no other power source to expand your memory.
Xbox Series X headsets
There are so many different headsets to socialise while you game, but Microsoft’s standard headset is cheap, cheerful, and works perfectly fine.
For less than £20 you get a comfortable, lightweight set of ear-cans that connect to your controller to help you talk to friends or other gamers online.
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