While we all love an official Microsoft designed Xbox accessory, sometimes the best Xbox headsets, controllers and steering wheel come from third-party manufacturers instead.
Of course one of the biggest hurdles when buying from a third-party is ensuring it definitely works with your Xbox console, that’s where the
programme comes in handy.
This little seal on the front of the packaging tells you that whether you’re buying a headset or a controller charging stand it has been designed with the Xbox console range in mind.
Continuous compatibility is also a chief concern of the Designed for Xbox programme. Any officially licensed Xbox One accessory that connects to the console either wired or wirelessly is guaranteed to work on the Xbox Series X, any headset that connects via the 3.5mm headphone port on the Xbox controller will also be supported.
Microsoft has recently refreshed the Designed for Xbox badge making it even easier to spot a product with guaranteed Xbox compatibility. To celebrate this slick new look, we’ve listed a few of our favourite Designed for Xbox accessories below…
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2
If you know anything about headsets, then you’ll have heard of Turtle Beach. A longtime partner in the Designed for Xbox programme the second generation of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 headset is a truly premium product.
This wireless headset offers nano clear speakers, customisable settings and profiles as well as memory foam ear cushions for ultimate comfort. It’ll be compatible with the Series X to boot making it an all-round smart investment.
WD_Black 5TB P10 Game Drive
Even if you’ve got the bigger 1TB hard drive that comes with the Xbox One X there’s no denying that once you install a couple of games your free space is already looking on the thin side.
Fear not this beefy 5TB drive from WD_Black will boost your storage plenty, giving you room for your old favourites and the hottest releases. Plus this hard drive also comes with a free two month trial of Games Pass Ultimate, giving you access to a rotating library of 100s of games.
Logitech G920 Racing Wheel and Pedals
The Forza series is one of the crown jewels in the Xbox exclusive lineup, and with this Logitech steering wheel and pedals set you’ll feel every breakneck turn and last-gasp victory.
With premium features such as pressure-sensitive pedals and force feedback, this steering wheel is about the closest you can get to being behind the wheel of an actual car without needing insurance.
Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition Controller
Back in the day, third-party controllers were seen as cheap knock offs given to your younger sibling for co-op play, not anymore. Controllers like the Razer Wolverine are why many gamers chose to play on a third-party controller over the one supplied in the box.
Not only does this controller have incredibly cool lighting effects but it has four remappable multi-functional buttons on the back, as well as a hair-trigger mode ideal for playing online shooters. Basically, if you take your Xbox gaming seriously, you need this controller.