We finally know why Xbox controllers use batteries

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So the only reason why Xbox controllers use primitive batteries is because they have a business partnership with Duracell.

In what is a freakish story, a United Kingdom website has quotes from Duracell's United Kingdom marketing manager seeming to claim that Xbox's continued use of replaceable AA batteries in its controller, rather than built-in Li-ion ones, is down to a long-running deal between the two companies.

The future of electronics looks a lot like rechargeable batteries.

Just recently, rumors suggest that the big gaming company is forced to use batteries from Duracell was due to a long-standing agreement with them.

Update 10:30 AM: In a statement shared with Eurogamer, a Microsoft spokesperson explained that shipping AA batteries with its Xbox controllers is all about giving consumers more choice.

Living room with a Microsoft Xbox Series X home video game console alongside a television and soundbar, taken on October 9, 2020. They also cited that while Xbox controllers are most commonly used with AA-batteries, consumers have various ways to charge their controller.

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The first evidence comes from a Digital Foundry interview previous year with Microsoft veteran Jason Ronald.

Xbox have stuck with AA batteries ever since the launch of the Xbox 360 in 2005, but made one notable step away from this partnership with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 that launched in 2019.

"What it comes down to is when actually talking to gamers, it's kind of polarising and there is a strong camp that really want AAs", he said. While the Xbox Series X/S controller has its advantages over the DualSense, the latter's next-level functions such as adaptive triggers and new haptics are hard to beat.

While this was a while ago, Microsoft has issued a fresh statement on it. Microsoft bundles AA batteries with its controllers, and also its consoles, to save money.

Interview MCV An Xbox manager backed his company's choice: "We deliberately give to the user Freedom of choice How to Enable Our Xbox Wireless Controller. This includes the use of AA batteries from any brand, the Xbox Rechargeable Battery, charging solutions from our partners, or a USB-C cable, which can power the controller when plugged in to the console or PC", the spokesperson said.

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