We’ve all played on an Xbox 360 before, but what are the best Xbox 360 accessories that set this console apart from the crowd?
Before wireless controllers even existed, we were holding some of the best original Xbox accessories like the Duke controller and thinking that it ‘couldn’t get any better than this’.
Fast forward to November 2005, a world where wireless controllers were commonplace, and we would soon be kicking haphazardly towards a small sensor by our TVs.
The Xbox 360 had it all, and here are our favourite gadgets that completed the whole package.
Picking The Best Xbox 360 Accessories
How Does This List Work?
We’ve made a list of some of the best Xbox 360 accessories for the console.
By clicking on the title, picture, ‘Buy Here’ button, or on the name of the item in the text, you can go through to an official buying page for the product you’re looking at and add it into your collection.
Are All The Items Second-hand?
Some of the items in the list below are brand new, third party items designed to give you a better experience while playing on your Xbox 360.
Others, like Number 4, are second-hand as they’re no longer in production.
Remember, always buy from a reputable seller and check both the quality of the item on pictures and seller feedback before making a purchase.
Will The Best Xbox 360 Accessories Make Me A Better Gamer?
They’ll certainly make you look more professional…
… does that count?
If you’re still rocking the same Xbox 360 from back in the day, then the chances are your controllers might be looking a bit past their best.
Or if you’re like some of the gamers that we know, they may have had a few-too-many near misses with the nearest wall…
This Wireless Controller from ASARRY is a cracking controller that gives you 30-foot range while playing.
Play from the kitchen, the sofa, the hall; as long as you can see your Xbox 360, then you’re good to go!
This controller is rechargeable and comes with adjustable vibration settings, giving you more control over that rumble and how long your battery packs last.
It’s a seriously comfy controller too, with precise pressure point trigger and easy to use shoulder buttons. A must-have for any HALO or Destiny fans out there.
And when you do need to recharge your batteries, you can grab the next item on our list of the best Xbox 360 accessories!
This Nyko Rechargeable Controller Deck is sleek and looks like a real premium product to say it has such a small price tag.
The best bit – it has a drop and charge design that doesn’t require you to take the batteries off your controllers.
As long as you dock them after play, then they’ll be hooked up and ready to roll whenever you are!
The kit comes with two batteries that both provide up to 25 hours of playing time, and you can charge up both pads at the same time. Result!
The Turtle Beach gaming headset is one of the most classic, iconic, and best Xbox 360 accessories of all time.
These headphones were a must have for anyone who wanted to block out screaming brothers and sisters while venturing into dungeon lairs or hitting the battlefield in Call of Duty.
They were also perfect for online gaming too, and the Microphone monitor let you hear what you were saying as you talked.
The Turtle Beach headphones are USB powered, so they don’t need batteries, and come with amplified audio to enhance your gaming experience, as well as a variable bass boost to add some oomph to those explosions!
While Nintendoids were waving Wiimotes at their TVs, Xbox owners around the world were kicking and swinging towards the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor.
This hands-free interface removed the need for a controller entirely, using your body as a means of making things happen on your TV instead.
If you want to know some of the science behind how this thing works, the Kinect Sensor comprises of RGB cameras and Infrared projectors/detectors that map depth through light/time of flight calculations.
It has a Microphone array and artificial intelligence software inside it too, so it can pick up the real time gestures and speech patterns of up to four people!
Not bad for a small bar that sits up by your TV, right?
There will come a time, however, when this next item in our list of the best Xbox 360 accessories becomes an essential bit of kit.
When the dog has knocked your controller of the charging dock or you’re too tired to dance around in front of the Kinect sensor, this good-old-fashioned LED Light Up Wired Controller will allow you to keep playing when all hope seems lost.
Not only that, but you could play in the dark too!
This controller has seven LED lights that have a blinking function if you fancy creating an impromptu rave. It comes with variable rumble controls and new. enhanced trigger buttons for extra precision.
There’s also a headphone input and microphone jack. And because it’s wired, there are no batteries to charge!
The Wireless Speed Wheel is without a doubt one of my favourite racing wheel controllers for any console.
For starters, it’s not cumbersome like some of the early models we had to make do with for the PS1 or the PC.
When you hold this thing in your hands, it matches the feeling of driving a Maseratti or a Bugatti in your favourite racing games.
The Speed Wheel has a direction pad and the usual button-layout for making in game choices and braking, as well as two triggers.
The accelerometer senses turns very precisely, and you can tilt it and turn it as much as you like without ripping any wires out of your console.
If you had one of these, then you knew you were cool.
At least, that’s what I told myself everytime I fell backwards into the sofa while trying to do a kickflip on it.
… or in my case, right in the heart of the sofa.
It was pinned as providing a ‘social gaming experience everyone can enjoy’, a must-have necessity in a market that was promoting keeping fit with the Nintendo Wii.
This thing is a bit of a gimmick, but it’s a good laugh and worth a try, especially now that you can pick one up for less than $30 with the game.
If you wanted to chat with your friends using Xbox live messenger when it first came out, then you needed the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit.
It is exactly what you think it is; a kit for chatting through your Xbox. The chatpad (pictured above) made up the controller add-on part of the kit, with a headset giving you the option to chat to your friends as if they were right there next to you…
… ok, not quite, but you get the picture.
It could also be used to input text into some games too, which is pretty handy when you don’t want to mess around scrolling backwards and forwards with the control stick.
If your name is Zebbadiah Zarribaldi, then you’ll understand the pain.
Few consoles can match the Xbox 360 for its customisation options.
Ok, so a custom faceplate might not be the most exciting item in our list of the best Xbox 360 accessories, but it’s one that allows you to declare your love for your favourite games for all to see.
And there are some pretty exciting designs out there too!
If you live in a swanky flat, then you can give your Xbox 360 a wood-effect skin to let it blend in with your bookcases and mahogany tables.
Plus, you can choose to decorate your retro console with a whole host of your favourite characters.
From Abe to Yoda (I couldn’t think of a character for ‘Z’), these skins simply clip on with no glue or fixings needed!
Last, but by no means least on our list of the best Xbox 360 accessories is the all-important Wireless Network Adapter.
Modern consoles come ready to hook up to the internet without any messing around. But in the Xbox 360 days, you needed a Wireless Network adapter to take your gaming to the next level.
This single-antenna adapter, complete with encryption mechanisms, plugged into a USB port on the console and quietly ‘did its thing’ in the background while we enjoyed chatting online and procrastinating with mates instead of actually completing any levels.
Those were the days!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.