Must-Have Xbox 360 Accessories

By Justin Kennedy

With every purchase of the Xbox 360 gaming console, users have access to hundreds of titles, eye-popping graphics and ear-pleasing audio, high-tech controllers and cables and some games for free. Often, the extras in the package make for greater happiness with the purchase. Needless to say, you will need a good television set, even a high-definition television, to significantly improve on your Xbox 360 gaming experience.

The television isn't, however, the only Xbox 360 accessory you need for a good time. There are many accessories from first and third party manufacturers for your Xbox 360 which can improve the gaming experience and bring out the best in your console. (But keep an eye on those third-party extras, since false claims can and will be made to encourage you to purchase something you might not need, or that might not work well or with your console.) Here is a list of the Xbox 360 accessories you should buy.

The first thing to buy are some extra controllers, especially if you're interested in playing games with a multiplayer option, like Halo 3 or Gears of War 2. The box only comes with one controller, even though the Xbox 360 can let you play with up to three friends at the same time. You have your choice of controllers, either wired or wireless.

When choosing your controller, always look first at first-party products since these come from the same manufacturer, and are guaranteed to work with your system. Third-party controllers can also work quite well, though they may not have the benefit of durability. It pays to choose the original Xbox 360 controllers - they come in black and white - as they are built to last and are compatible with MS windows computers as well as the Xbox 360.

The second thing you should consider is a universal remote for the Xbox 360. Not only can you play some games using the remote alone, you can also use it when you're playing DVDs or movie CDs on your Xbox 360, not to mention controlling the television itself as well as a Windows Media Center-enabled computer.

Third, you ought to secure the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit that allows for online messaging options with fellow gamers. It comes with a wired headset that allows for live chats over at Xbox Live and with Windows-based personal computers. An added benefit is that you can use the headset to play games with voice recognition support, thus, enhancing on the Xbox 360 experience.

Some other accessories for the Xbox 360 you might want to consider are the Wireless Gaming Receiver, which allows you to use your wireless accessories, such as a headset, controllers, and steering wheels on a Windows-enabled computer as well as your console, and the Quick Change Kit that lets you charge two battery packs. Just keep in mind what you need and what you'll get the most use out of when buying Xbox 360 accessories.

In conclusion, Xbox 36- accessories can and will enhance your enjoyment of the popular gaming console if and when you chose it to suit your needs, not of anyone else's. Plus, it is always best to purchase genuine Microsoft and Microsoft-endorsed accessories, just to be of the safe and sure side. - 29872

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