While all other console controllers on the market use internal rechargeable batteries, the Xbox still allows you to use AA batteries to power them, and new remarks from a spokesman for Duracell may shed some light on why this is.
“It’s always been this partnership with Duracell and the Xbox … it’s a constant agreement that Duracell and Microsoft have in place,” Duracell UK Marketing Manager Luke Anderson said. told Stealth Optional in an interview discovered by VGC.
[The deal is] to OEM to supply the battery product to the Xbox consoles and also the controllers’ battery. Saw it [deal is] going to go on for a while … it’s been going on for a while and I think it has to go on for a while [more].
This partnership appears to be supported by Duracells online marketing campaigns which often have Xbox controllers. The new Xbox series X and S, which was launched only in November last year, both come with two Duracell AA batteries, instead of Microsoft’s Xbox brand rechargeable battery packs,
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request from Kotaku for comment, however told MCV / Develop in a statement,
We intentionally offer consumers choices in battery solutions for our standard Xbox Wireless Controllers. This includes the use of AA batteries from any brand, the rechargeable Xbox battery, charging solutions from our partners or a USB-C cable that can power the controller when connected to the console or PC.
I was surprised when Microsoft revealed last year that the next generation controllers would still be pre-packaged with AA batteries. It is true that the ability to choose between using removable, rechargeable battery packs and pre-packaged disposable batteries on the go, provides great flexibility.
At the same time, I have already gone through several packages of AA batteries since I got the launch of the Series S, and the fact that the rechargeable packages must be purchased separately is another barrier to actually taking advantage of that freedom. Why not pack new controllers with both options?
Microsoft’s premium controllers, Xbox Elite Wireless 2, cost $ 180 and do not come with any of them. Like the DualShock 4, Dualsense and Nintendo Switch Pro controllers, it only has an internal battery that you charge by plugging it in. No freedom of choice, but straightforward and convenient enough. Potentially less waste as well.