12 Essential Accessories For The Xbox One 2015
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We love our Xbox One, but a great experience can turn even better if you know what to add on top, and that is what we are hope to do with these accessories.
It’s amazing just how much the Xbox One has evolved since its rough reveal in 2013 to being one of the most consumer friendly game consoles in the market. The Xbox One right now does everything we dreamed it would do, and also some things on top. What is more, if you combine those features with some dedicated accessories, you have one of the most powerful and dedicated machines in the market right now – a versatile, sleek, fast entertainment system that can pretty much do anyything any of their counterparts can do and more. Learn all about these extra gadgets and accessories that could change your Xbox One experience forever (for the better, we promise) right below these lines.
Seagate Game Drive 2TB For Xbox One and Xbox 360
Digital marketplaces keep growing and growing, and sometimes fantastic deals appear on the console’s marketplaces where you can get true gems for ridiculously low amounts of money. Yet, a new generation of consoles is here, and games you buy digitally are not the arcade titles and 8 gigabyte games we fell in love with during the Xbox 360’s days, so traditional hard drives like the 500 GB one that comes by default with the Xbox One sometimes doesn’t cut it. Just installing The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V and GTAV will hardly leave room in your drive for anything else. Here is where having an external hard-drive comes in handy, for you could store your games there, and jump back in every once in a while without necessarily having in constant rotation. We recommend the SeaGate 2TB Game Drive for being optimized for the Xbox One, fast plug and play installation and its compact size.
Xbox One Remote Control
When the Xbox One was originally revealed, it was clear from the get-go that Microsoft wanted more than a video game console that played games on everyone’s living room, and were instead looking to craft a machine that could become the center of the living room. Truth is, they even seemed to favor this over the games themselves even, but things have changed since then. The Xbox One now is a fantastic game machine that still features some incredible entertainment options that you can control without ever touching the joystick or shout at the Kinect with a Media Remote like this. Your Xbox One will then double as a TV box that can play Blu-ray movies and stream video without any complications, with ease of use and fantastic accessibility options.
Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One
Besides playing the latest games, the Xbox One is a fantastic nostalgia machine. Even more so now that Microsoft has added backwards compatibility to it, and you can download and play endless Xbox Live indie titles or classics from the arcade days. In case you really enjoy these, or have a soft spot for fighting games, having a stick instead of a regular joystick can make a world of a difference. That is where devices such as the Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One come in place, providing the best possible control scheme whether you’re playing Super Meat Boy, The Simpsons arcade game or the latest Killer Instinct.
Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Gaming Headset for Xbox One
We already talked about the XO One Gaming Headset for Xbox One a few days ago (see this story), but for those who missed it, it’s a fantastic headset that we really recommend if you like playing online a lot. If you’re serious about the competitive side of gaming, chances are you will spend a lot of time listening or shouting orders to your team mates, and you might as well be comfortable while you do that. That is why having a good, dedicated headset is worth the investment: you’re going to spend so much time with it resting over your head, you might as well make sure you’re comfortable in it, sounds right, and helps you carry the team forward.
Xbox One Chatpad + Chat Headset (plugs directly into Chatpad)
Not everything in life is about jumping into party chats and yelling at our friends. Chances are, if you’re not a teenager, you might be playing late at night, trying to not wake up everyone else in the house, and if that is the case, you probably don’t want to be talking. Xbox One’s answer to that is the use of a chatpad, a small keypad you can attach to your controller which features all of the letters of the alphabet so users can chat as if they were using a classic BlackBerry smartphone – definitely not a bad option, and the fact that it comes with a headset so you can at least listen if someone would rather talk helps communication immensely.
Xbox One Elite Controller
Just as its name implies, by using this controller you can truly join the gaming elite. This joystick is all about customization, and lets users fix the controller to their tastes, allowing them to rearrange from the button placement, to its weight, to the way the keypads work and feel. Made with the sleekest of materials, the Xbox One Elite Controller is a joy to have in your hands, and will allow gamers to fire faster and perform better in any type of game they favor. While this joystick has sold out as of now (well, it’s just that it is THAT good), Microsoft have committed to resupply before the holiday season so everyone can have theirs. Frankly, we can’t wait.
Xbox One Stereo Adapter
Some of us have already invested on fantastic headsets that we had even before the Xbox One came out. If you are in this camp, you might (understandably so) not really feel like putting down the money to acquire a gamer headset. Well, turns out the Xbox team have you covered regardless, and created these fantastic stereo adapters that allows you to plug any 3.5 jack (the most common kind) straight to the controller, and enjoy the sound without having to spend whatever an expensive, fancy set costs. As ever, the Xbox team are all about solving issues with our hardware and providing solutions.
Much was talked about and written about the Kinect, Microsoft’s camera and motion sensing device, and how it was holding the console back when it came to sales, as it was mandatory when the Xbox One first came out. Turns out Microsoft updated their firmware, and most bundles don’t come with one of these by default anymore, but here’s the thing: you should still consider getting one. The Kinect allows you to give voice commands to your console, control it with hand gestures, and is the ultimate way to play party games such as Dance Central or Just Dance. With Kinect, your Xbox One becomes a partner more than a console, as this device truly brings together the entire Xbox experience. If you care about dancing or rhythm games at all, the Kinect is a must.
Thrustmaster VG Ferrari 458 Steering Wheel
How do you feel about Forza? Do you consider it one of the greatest games ever created? What about the latest Need for Speed? If you love racing simulators as much as we do, getting a dedicated racing wheel controller is one of the greatest and most fun investments you can do when it comes to video game accessories. Besides featuring all of the regular buttons in accessible spots, it adds a layer of realism and feeling of control that is hard to come by otherwise. And, even if you don’t like racing games, you could do crazy challenges like try to beat Dark Souls II using one of these!
Xbox Live Subscriptions
It might be silly to some to include an Xbox Live subscription as as “essential Xbox Accesory”, but the truth is, if you don’t really care about online multiplayer, it is sort of a non-essential thing, especially now that you don’t even need it to watch Netflix or use some other online functionalities. However, you’re going to need these if your favorite part about having an Xbox One is getting some headshots in Halo or Call of Duty. What’s more, ever since the program Games with Gold started, users have been getting free games each and every month, with the Xbox One now getting up to four titles thanks to its recently added backwards compatibility.
Nyko Intercooler for Xbox One
Most of us have some horror stories to tell about the infamous red ring of death that plagued the early days of the Xbox 360. The Xbox One, though, is a completely different machine created for a completely different world and doesn’t seem to have to face any of those issues so far. Regardless, if you play a lot, some memories of the old days might come rushing to you, and that is where having an external cooler such as the Nyko Intercooler can give you some peace of mind, keeping the console fresh and operational even if you play 24/7 in Nevada’s heat.
Xbox One Play And Charge Kit
This is another essential add-on if you’re the type of gamer that enjoys sitting in front of the TV for hours and hours at a time. In case you’re the type of guy/gal who just can’t put their controller down (one more race on GTA Online, anyone?), being able to recharge your joystick while you play is essential – you don’t want to miss a second of the game, do you? That is why having an Xbox One Play and Charge kit is such a great idea, as it ensures you’re never left out of the game because the batteries are out of juice or anything like that.