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Buying Xbox 360 Accessories: How to Get Quality

Sep 3, 2008
If you own an Xbox 360, you know that there are many option for accessories out there. Whether you need controllers, faceplates, wireless accessories, or any other of the myriad types of controllers on the market, you're sure to find the whole process confusing over time. How can you find the best Xbox accessories without wasting your time and money?

The first thing to keep in mind is that first party accessories are generally much higher in quality than third part offerings. Though it may seem appealing to save money by purchasing third party accessories, the quality is often much lower. However, there are many exceptions to this rule.

One exception to this rule are special, custom modified controllers that allow you to do things like rapid fire. If these are being made by reputable hobbiests, they should work quite well for you.

Another area where you can often go third party is network gear. You don't need to purchase the expensive Microsoft components when the stuff from Linksys and Netgear will do a great job by themselves. It's worth checking into if your network setup is difficult.

Also, special controllers, such as the Guitar Hero ones, are inherently third party. You can't get a Microsoft made controller for these games, so replacements will always be third party.

Cosmetic components such as faceplates are also commonly sold by third part accessory makers. Since these parts don't have any real function, feel free to buy whatever you think looks cool.

When buying used accessories, be careful to see how much they've been used. Controllers and other accessories can were out with use, and become non-functional. Many of these used controllers will have intermittent issues, which means they sometimes, but not always, work. Of course, we all know that the times they don't work will be your most important game times. This is Murphy's Law.

Overall, the second generation Xbox has proven quite a hot seller for Microsoft. Any succusfull system is always accompanied by a slew of accessories, and the 360 is no exception. Remember, though, that the Microsoft brands of most accessories will be the way to go, even if they do cost you a little more. You can minimize this cost by shopping at online stores devoted to selling Xbox 360 accessories. Having the best accessories will allow for the best overall gaming experience, so be sure to invest in good ones. Thanks for reading.
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