If there’s a very obvious downside to native 4K games, it’s that they don’t half take up some space. The 802GB of storage you get with the Xbox Series X might not sound small, but once you start digging into Game Pass you’ll fill it in no time. While you can manage storage relatively easily by simply deleting games you’re not playing (you’ll still have all of your save data intact if you redownload), an easier option for those willing to part with the cash is adding Seagate’s Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S. Full compatibility with the Xbox Velocity Architecture means you’ll still get the built-in SSD’s significant speed boost and Quick Resume functionality, while effectively doubling the console’s storage. You’re almost certainly going to be picking up one of these eventually, and it might be even more essential for Series S owners, as that machine comes with less built-in storage than its big brother.
Price: £220 | Amazon | Argos | Currys
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal
The biggest selling point of B&O’s first Xbox accessory is that it’s much more than just an Xbox accessory. You see, while the Beoplay Portal is compatible with the Xbox Wireless protocol, enabling a near-instant lossless wireless connection to the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, it’s also a very good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. A button on the left earcup allows you to jump between your Xbox and Bluetooth connections, with an excellent app offering an EQ function for both sound modes. The headphones sound as good with music as you’d expect from a pair of B&O cans, while in gaming mode you get Dolby Atmos support. The Beoplay Portal is easily the most stylish Xbox headset out there, although the commitment to design means you don’t get a traditional boom mic, which might bother serious multiplayer gamers. They’re certainly not cheap, but as do-it-all headphones the Beoplay Portal are hard to resist.
Price: £449 | Amazon | John Lewis
Xbox Wireless Controller