The ultimate PS5 and Xbox Series X accessory gift guide

The holiday season is fast approaching and you might just, if you’re lucky, get hooked PlayStation 5 the Xbox Series X for yourself or a loved one after two years of waiting. As we all know, however, no console is complete without some bomb accessories.

Even if you get one of those $500 consoles and buy some $60 to $70 games, you might want to shell out a little more cash for various doo-bads and dongles that make console gaming easier. Everything from headphones to keyboards and rechargeable batteries will save you time and, in some cases, money in the long run if you invest in them early enough.

If you or someone else is getting a PS5 or Xbox Series X this holiday season, these are the accessories you should seriously check out.

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Xbox Elite Controller Series 2

You can remove all these parts and replace them.
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Both consoles obviously come with a standard controller, and both of these controllers are great. But you can do better than “great.” It’s time to become elite with it Xbox Elite Controller Series 2(opens in new tab)which retails for $180.

This is an official Microsoft product that looks a lot like the regular Xbox Series X controller, but offers a lot more. Individual components such as sticks can be swapped out for more comfortable versions depending on your tastes, and four customizable buttons on the back can take your game to the next level. You can adjust the trigger volume, remap buttons and save your preferences in a series of controller profiles.

Yes, there’s also a PlayStation version of this controller, though you’ll have to wait a while for it to be in your hands. The DualSense Edge is an official Sony product with many of the same features, including controller profiles and interchangeable parts, but it doesn’t launch until January 26. That said, you always can pre-order it(opens in new tab) for $200 and call it a gift.

For the trash talker in your life

PlayStation Pulse 3D headset

Sony’s Pulse 3D headphones are reliable.
Credit: PlayStation/Amazon

Voice chat with friends is a big part of modern gaming. After all, what’s the point of hanging out? Fortnitethe metaverse version without being able to talk to anyone? To do this, you’ll need a quality headset, and there’s no shortage of them on the market.

For the PS5, I used the official $100 Sony Pulse 3D wireless headset(opens in new tab) since the console started and I have no complaints. You just plug a USB dongle into the console, turn it on, and everything runs smoothly. It’s comfortable, the sound quality is solid, and it has a built-in microphone for coordinating with teammates. Not only is it a quality product, but it’s also relatively affordable.

There is also an official one Xbox Wireless Headset(opens in new tab) for the same price, although I haven’t used it so I can’t vouch for it personally. However, the reviews are solid, and you can’t beat the convenience of voice chat without messing with wires.

Bonus: For the active listener in your life

ASTRO Gaming A10 Gaming Headset

Houston, are you copying?
Credit: Lenovo

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, having a reliable headset can really improve your gaming experience. The ASTRO Gaming A10 Gaming Headset(opens in new tab) it has a built-in unidirectional microphone that allows you to communicate clearly, and the reverse-to-mute function will save you teammates from listening to any conversations with you Roommates. Dynamic 32mm drivers let you hear your gaming environment with clarity and precision.

Because 1 TB is not enough

Both the Xbox Series X and PS5 have 1TB of built-in storage, which sounds like a lot until you install three big games and suddenly find that half of your storage is already used up. Both consoles support expandable storage in slightly different ways, but both have one thing in common: You have to spend money.

We’ll start with the Xbox, which is the easier of the two, though not necessarily the cheaper. Seagate makes an expansion card(opens in new tab) which fits nicely into a small slot in the Series X console itself, so installation is no problem. The point here is that it’s $140 for just 512GB of extra storage, $220 for 1TB, and $400 for 2TB. That’s the price of convenience, I guess.

Expanding PlayStation 5 storage is a bit more complicated. You need a special type of external solid state drive (or SSD) called “M.2”. Our friends at IGN have a handy list of compatible SSDs (IGN owned by Mashable editor Ziff Davis), such as 1TB Crucial P5 Plus (opens in new tab)for $160. Once you have the device in your hands, Sony’s website has a tutorial on how to add storage to the PS5, a process that involves unscrewing a plate on the back of the console with a Phillips screwdriver. Is not that challenging, but not as easy as just putting a card in the console.

Batteries; Seriously?

Rechargeable Xbox Controller Battery Pack

No more AA batteries after you buy it.
Credit: Xbox/Amazon

The default PS5 controller charges via USB-C because it’s the year 2022 and that makes sense. Unfortunately, the Xbox hasn’t come of age yet, and the regular Series X controller is still powered by AA batteries. No, I’m not kidding.

There is a quick fix for this, luckily. Microsoft sells one Rechargeable battery $25(opens in new tab) (via USB-C). Place it in the battery hole and you won’t need to buy AA again. Not much more to say about it. It is so simple.

Final Fantasy XIV hive get up

Final Fantasy XIV screenshot

‘Final Fantasy XIV’ has been greatly improved by a keyboard.
Credit: Square Enix/Steam

Is not super common, but some console games offer keyboard and mouse support, usually for text chat. Final Fantasy XIV, one of my very favorite video games (and unfortunately not yet available on Xbox), is one of them. If you play this or anything else with text chat and want to communicate with friends more easily, there are some console-compatible keyboards out there.

Budget customers who don’t necessarily need a mouse with the keyboard can opt for the Logitech G613, which reviews say works with both the PS5 and Series X. It’s available at Amazon for just $73(opens in new tab), renovated. If you want something fancier that involves a mouse, the Razer Turret(opens in new tab) It is also said to work with both consoles and is priced at $250.

Buying a new game console always comes with the hidden cost of accessories, but your life will be greatly improved by some of these devices. Seriously, if nothing else, you need the rechargeable controller battery for Xbox. Buy it and you’ll thank me later.

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