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Xbox Series X controller and accessory compatibility

Xbox Series X controllers
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Xbox Series X controller and accessory compatibility is really important if you're upgrading from an older Xbox One. Xbox Wireless Controllers and other peripherals, such as headsets and rechargeable batteries, aren't exactly cheap. Even if you've managed to save some money thanks to finding a great Xbox Series X price, you'll certainly want to get your money's worth on older controllers, especially if they're in good condition and not suffering from stick drift. The good news is that most of your previous-gen tech can be reused, but we've got all the information you'll need about Xbox Series X controller and accessory compatibility below.

Can I use my old controllers and accessories with Xbox Series X and S?

Xbox One controller

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Yes, almost all Xbox One controllers and accessories will be compatible with the Xbox Series X and S. Bear in mind that the new Xbox Series X and S controller has a USB-C connection rather than micro-USB, so you'll need to use a different charging cable for each of them where applicable. Also remember that you won't be able to make use of the new Xbox Share button when using an Xbox One pad, so you'll have to use the alternate inputs for capturing screenshots and clips.

Battery packs that were designed for Xbox One controllers, such as the Xbox Play & Charge Kit, are also compatible with the new Xbox Series X and S controller. However, due to a small difference in size between the units, if the battery pack doesn't fit correctly then don't force it as damage may occur, and it should instead be replaced.

Can I use a Bluetooth headset with Xbox Series X and S

Apple Airpods

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No, general Bluetooth headsets such as Apple Air Pods are not compatible with Xbox Series X and S, so cannot be used for that purpose. Instead, you will need to connect either a wired headset, or a wireless headset that has been specifically designed or adapted to work with the Xbox Series X and S.

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Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 475 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.