Got a Pair of AA Batteries So i Can Play Xbox One? M$ Sucks.

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#1 Posted by Slimmin360 (1465 posts) -

HA--HA i can't believe Microsoft did it again, a next gen console with a controller that requires AA batteries.

They just have to milk yet even more money out of Xbox fanboys for a charge kit? or did the built in lithium ion rechargeable tech just get too complicated for them to figure out.

$500 for the system isn't enough, then theres the game or games you wanna purchase on day one, and an extra $25 for a charge kit, plus tax. Xbone fanboys are looking at close to 7 bills after all is said and done......LOL

What a joke!!! Xbox One will be crushed by PS4.

#2 Posted by MonsieurX (30010 posts) -

PS fanboy rant

Move along people,nothing to see

#3 Posted by senses_fail_06 (6736 posts) -

Got to sell dem overpriced peripherals.

#4 Edited by R3FURBISHED (10501 posts) -

@MonsieurX said:

PS fanboy rant

Move along people,nothing to see

+1 post!

#5 Posted by KHAndAnime (13635 posts) -

Stuck in last gen confirmed

#6 Posted by MajesticShea (695 posts) -

Xbox one really is shit.

#7 Posted by foxhound_fox (88060 posts) -

Batteries are infinitely replaceable. Non-removeable battery packs are dumb. Waiting for a controller to charge is the worst thing in the world.

#8 Posted by juarbles (801 posts) -

Each day it becomes more evident why intelligent humans simply don't even consider the xbone as a valid option.

#9 Edited by lundy86_4 (43227 posts) -

They aren't expensive... Nor are the charger packs.

I also have rechargeable batteries.

#10 Posted by KHAndAnime (13635 posts) -

Batteries are infinitely replaceable. Non-removeable battery packs are dumb. Waiting for a controller to charge is the worst thing in the world.

In what situation would you have to wait for your controller to charge? After a 12 hour gaming marathon?...

#11 Edited by silversix_ (14299 posts) -

AA batteries+720p, NEXT GENERATION IS HERE!!!

#12 Posted by FragTycoon (6430 posts) -

Batteries are infinitely replaceable. Non-removeable battery packs are dumb. Waiting for a controller to charge is the worst thing in the world.

No, going to the store to buy batteries for a controller is the "worst thing in the world".

#13 Edited by lundy86_4 (43227 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

Batteries are infinitely replaceable. Non-removeable battery packs are dumb. Waiting for a controller to charge is the worst thing in the world.

In what situation would you have to wait for your controller to charge? After a 12 hour gaming marathon?...

I've had it happen. I had to buy a longer cable for my PS3 controller.

#14 Edited by Slimmin360 (1465 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

Batteries are infinitely replaceable. Non-removeable battery packs are dumb. Waiting for a controller to charge is the worst thing in the world.

If you buy the rechargeable battery pack you'll be waiting for your Xbone controller to charge as well, the PS4 controller only taks 1 hour to get a full charge, if the 360 rechargeable battery pack is any indication, then the Xbone recharge pack can take over two hours for a full charge.

Hence the problem with external packs.

#15 Posted by Murderstyle75 (4165 posts) -

@KHAndAnime:

Not to mention you can still play while plugged in to charge. While it might hinder the experience of your average wireless baby, you might actually have better performance with it plugged in.

#16 Posted by foxhound_fox (88060 posts) -

No, going to the store to buy batteries for a controller is the "worst thing in the world".

Your parents must buy you groceries. I buy my batteries in 24 packs and use 2-3 every month or two (or three or four... I play very few games these days, and if I do, it's on PC).

In what situation would you have to wait for your controller to charge? After a 12 hour gaming marathon?...

It doesn't have to be 12 hours. One doesn't always plug their controller in after they finish using it. Sometimes I get caught with both PS3 controllers out of juice and that 4-foot cable Sony shipped with the PS3 is a joke.

Play and charge is one of the smartest things MS did on the 360.

#17 Edited by Mr_Ditters (1906 posts) -

Pathetic. Microsoft is back at their old tricks. Nickle and dime people to death with overpriced peripherals. So they don't have an external HDD yet, I wonder if they are going to release an official MS external HDD for only $299...

Not to mention forcing people to buy kinect--the most overblown, worthless gimmick of gaming console history.

#18 Posted by superclocked (5823 posts) -

External battery pack >>> internal Lithium Ion

Lithium Ion and NiMH batteries are never the same again after they run dead, and they will need to be replaced eventually. Plus, an 8x pack of rechargeable AA's is only about $5....

#19 Edited by Murderstyle75 (4165 posts) -

@foxhound_fox:

And how many people don't have about five other mini to USB cables just paying around? If you don't, you can always get a really long one on monoprice for a dollar or two. M$'s play & charge cable isn't very long either. Guess that's different though.

And you say the play & charge is one of the smartest things they could come up with. Well isn't that why cows are called cows in the first place? Getting milked for accessories during the PS2 era? Microsoft does it and its different though. And by that logic, I guess smart phones should use AA or AAA batteries as well with a battery sold seperate. There's also no reason the play & charge couldn't just be included with the 360, Xbox One and all controllers to begin with. They just found a way to scam you out of $20 instead.

#20 Edited by SolidTy (42823 posts) -

I guarantee by next generation Xbox 4 they will have Ion Lithium batteries, watch! They are the only holdouts at this point.

Nintendo's Wii U went that internal battery route, obviously smartphones, handhelds like Vita and 3DS, the PS3/PS4, and I reckon the Xbox 4 controllers in five years-six years, unless they release a new controller mid-gen like they did the 360 and Xbox.

#21 Edited by HavocV3 (7934 posts) -

@Murderstyle75 said:

@foxhound_fox:

And how many people don't have about five other mini to USB cables just paying around? If you don't, you can always get a really long one on monoprice for a dollar or two. M$'s play & charge cable isn't very long either. Guess that's different though.

And you say the play & charge is one of the smartest things they could come up with. Well isn't that why cows are called cows in the first place? Getting milked for accessories during the PS2 era? Microsoft does it and its different though. And by that logic, I guess smart phones should use AA or AAA batteries as well with a battery sold seperate. There's also no reason the play & charge couldn't just be included with the 360, Xbox One and all controllers to begin with. They just found a way to scam you out of $20 instead.

Rechargeable AA > built-in.

-Never stuck using a charging cable. Having to use a wire for your wireless controller = fail.

-Rechargeable AAs work with remotes & other household appliances.

-Won't ever have to replace a built-in battery.

#22 Posted by Slimmin360 (1465 posts) -

External battery pack >>> internal Lithium Ion

Lithium Ion and NiMH batteries are never the same again after they run dead, and they will need to be replaced eventually. Plus, an 8x pack of rechargeable AA's is only about $5....

NEVER had to replace my PS3's Dualshock 3 once, nor' did it ever require longer charge times over the years..Worked exactly the same from day one as it did 5 years later .Days of gameplay, from a 2 hours 20 minutes of charge time.

Not only did the 360 charge pack take longer to charge, but the charge didn't last more than 12 hours of play....AA's are a constant waste of money.

#23 Posted by FragTycoon (6430 posts) -

@FragTycoon said:

No, going to the store to buy batteries for a controller is the "worst thing in the world".

Your parents must buy you groceries. I buy my batteries in 24 packs and use 2-3 every month or two (or three or four... I play very few games these days, and if I do, it's on PC).

@KHAndAnime said:

In what situation would you have to wait for your controller to charge? After a 12 hour gaming marathon?...

It doesn't have to be 12 hours. One doesn't always plug their controller in after they finish using it. Sometimes I get caught with both PS3 controllers out of juice and that 4-foot cable Sony shipped with the PS3 is a joke.

Play and charge is one of the smartest things MS did on the 360.

So you're uber rich, "totally don't live at home with your moms" and "buy dem gold plated AA batteries by da case son" but cant get a longer cable to charge your ps3 controller.... MS products are made for people like you.

#24 Posted by KHAndAnime (13635 posts) -


@KHAndAnime said:

In what situation would you have to wait for your controller to charge? After a 12 hour gaming marathon?...

It doesn't have to be 12 hours. One doesn't always plug their controller in after they finish using it. Sometimes I get caught with both PS3 controllers out of juice and that 4-foot cable Sony shipped with the PS3 is a joke.

Play and charge is one of the smartest things MS did on the 360.

I'm a spacey stoner and I've never forgotten to charge my controller, what's your excuse?

What happens if you forget that you're out of batteries? Gotta go to the store lol!

#25 Posted by Chickan_117 (16329 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

Batteries are infinitely replaceable. Non-removeable battery packs are dumb. Waiting for a controller to charge is the worst thing in the world.

In what situation would you have to wait for your controller to charge? After a 12 hour gaming marathon?...

When your controller goes flat.

To compare:

Xbox controller - use AA batteries or a rechargable pack

Playstation Controller - Internal battery

So the Xbox controller with a battery pack behaves pretty much identically to the Playstation controller except that, if you do let it run flat, you then have the option of using normal batteries whilst the battery pack charges. Also if the battery dies in it you can just buy another battery pack instead of a whole new controller.

Either way who cares? It's such a non issue in any case. Shouldn't you guys be off playing your next gen consoles now? Only reason I'm here is that I'm still at work :)

#26 Posted by TheEroica (13419 posts) -

Oh fuck... This thread again. 15 bucks gets you a charger and two battery packs that'll last you the entirety of the generation for all your future controllers... I'll give you 30$ if you never make a thread again.

#27 Posted by Flubbbs (3058 posts) -

they want you to buy their play and charge kit that will crap out and stop holding a charge after a year like the 360 one did

#28 Posted by Rage010101 (5470 posts) -

This thread sucks! Nothing to discuss, lock incoming.

#29 Edited by starwolf474 (613 posts) -

I don't know why people complain about this; I'm actually happy about it and view the use of AA batteries as a positive. Do you people not own rechargeable AA batteries?

I keep a lot of rechargeable AA batteries at my house for all my many devices that use AA batteries, and I have always really liked that when the batteries on my Xbox 360 controller dies in the middle of a game, I can just get up, quickly grab 2 spare rechargeable AA batteries and put the dead batteries in the recharger and then get right back to my game.

I have always preferred that experience over having to plug my PS3 controller into the console when it needed to recharge which stops me from playing the game because I don't want to play while my controller is connected to the console by a small cable.

#30 Edited by FragTycoon (6430 posts) -

Oh fuck... This thread again. 15 bucks gets you a charger and two battery packs that'll last you the entirety of the generation for all your future controllers... I'll give you 30$ if you never make a thread again.

No it wont. I've had such a hard time with MS batty packs (not to mention the controllers themselves) last gen I had to give up and buy a wired controller.

In contrast, I have both launch PS3 controllers (along with 2 new ones) that still work, hold a charge and never cost me a penny more.

Save you're $30, you'll need it for batteries.... apparently.

#31 Edited by Murderstyle75 (4165 posts) -

@HavocV3:

Which goes right back to my theory of "Wireless Babies". People love wireless so much, it doesn't matter if their products or performance is inferior with things like wireless headphones and wireless Internet. Gotta have that wireless at all times.

So you plug your controller in for a half an hour if you don't have an attention span big enough to plug it in when not in use. Woopty fucking doo.

#32 Posted by Mr_Ditters (1906 posts) -

@Flubbbs:

@Flubbbs said:

they want you to buy their play and charge kit that will crap out and stop holding a charge after a year like the 360 one did

Mine too. My friends too.

#33 Posted by BeardMaster (1580 posts) -

Made the switch to eneloops for all household batteries about a year back, have plenty of rechargables much better than than the built in packs and can swap them at will. Built in battery packs are a major downgrade for me.

#34 Edited by KHAndAnime (13635 posts) -

@KHAndAnime said:

@foxhound_fox said:

Batteries are infinitely replaceable. Non-removeable battery packs are dumb. Waiting for a controller to charge is the worst thing in the world.

In what situation would you have to wait for your controller to charge? After a 12 hour gaming marathon?...

When your controller goes flat.

To compare:

Xbox controller - use AA batteries or a rechargable pack

Playstation Controller - Internal battery

So the Xbox controller with a battery pack behaves pretty much identically to the Playstation controller except that, if you do let it run flat, you then have the option of using normal batteries whilst the battery pack charges. Also if the battery dies in it you can just buy another battery pack instead of a whole new controller.

Either way who cares? It's such a non issue in any case. Shouldn't you guys be off playing your next gen consoles now? Only reason I'm here is that I'm still at work :)

If you don't care about throwing money out the window, you can throw me $15, I'll gladly take it.

#35 Edited by Chickan_117 (16329 posts) -

But your signature indicates I can make a fortune testing video games? Why would someone as rich and awesome as you care about me spending $15 on a piece of hardware for myself?

#36 Posted by Pray_to_me (2837 posts) -

@juarbles said:

Each day it becomes more evident why intelligent humans simply don't even consider the xbone as a valid option.

#37 Edited by superclocked (5823 posts) -

@Slimmin360 said:

@superclocked said:

External battery pack >>> internal Lithium Ion

Lithium Ion and NiMH batteries are never the same again after they run dead, and they will need to be replaced eventually. Plus, an 8x pack of rechargeable AA's is only about $5....

NEVER had to replace my PS3's Dualshock 3 once, nor' did it ever require longer charge times over the years..Worked exactly the same from day one as it did 5 years later .Days of gameplay, from a 2 hours 20 minutes of charge time.

Not only did the 360 charge pack take longer to charge, but the charge didn't last more than 12 hours of play....AA's are a constant waste of money.

You may not have noticed it taking longer over the years, but the stats and life of the battery definitely deteriorated over time... http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/02/ask-ars-what-is-the-best-way-to-use-an-li-ion-battery/

#38 Edited by Murderstyle75 (4165 posts) -

@superclocked:

And yet even if the battery deteriorates in the Duelshock, a replacement is far cheaper than a play & charge. You can buy one for under $5.

#39 Posted by superclocked (5823 posts) -

@Murderstyle75: Hmm, I figured that Sony's battery packs would be more expensive. But, I get 8x packs of rechargeable AA's for about $5, and they go in nearly anything. I wouldn't waste the money on a "Play and Charge" kit...

#40 Posted by cainetao11 (17360 posts) -

They aren't expensive... Nor are the charger packs.

I also have rechargeable batteries.

Yeah that's what I did. Duracell rechargeable AA batts. Easy, cheap, and useful for other things.

#41 Edited by xxgunslingerxx (4066 posts) -

@KHAndAnime said:

@foxhound_fox said:

Batteries are infinitely replaceable. Non-removeable battery packs are dumb. Waiting for a controller to charge is the worst thing in the world.

In what situation would you have to wait for your controller to charge? After a 12 hour gaming marathon?...

I've had it happen. I had to buy a longer cable for my PS3 controller.

you ps3 came with one.... and you can play it while its charging... therefore you are a liar

#42 Posted by cainetao11 (17360 posts) -

@TheEroica said:

Oh fuck... This thread again. 15 bucks gets you a charger and two battery packs that'll last you the entirety of the generation for all your future controllers... I'll give you 30$ if you never make a thread again.

No it wont. I've had such a hard time with MS batty packs (not to mention the controllers themselves) last gen I had to give up and buy a wired controller.

In contrast, I have both launch PS3 controllers (along with 2 new ones) that still work, hold a charge and never cost me a penny more.

Save you're $30, you'll need it for batteries.... apparently.

He never said an MS battery pack. Buy a Duracell AA charger and rechargeables. I got charger and 4 AA batts for 20 bucks at Walmart and they have lasted me 3 plus years.

#43 Edited by xxgunslingerxx (4066 posts) -

@FragTycoon said:

@TheEroica said:

Oh fuck... This thread again. 15 bucks gets you a charger and two battery packs that'll last you the entirety of the generation for all your future controllers... I'll give you 30$ if you never make a thread again.

No it wont. I've had such a hard time with MS batty packs (not to mention the controllers themselves) last gen I had to give up and buy a wired controller.

In contrast, I have both launch PS3 controllers (along with 2 new ones) that still work, hold a charge and never cost me a penny more.

Save you're $30, you'll need it for batteries.... apparently.

He never said an MS battery pack. Buy a Duracell AA charger and rechargeables. I got charger and 4 AA batts for 20 bucks at Walmart and they have lasted me 3 plus years.

get a dual shock and it will last you the life of your console at no extra charge

#44 Posted by xxgunslingerxx (4066 posts) -

@FragTycoon said:

No, going to the store to buy batteries for a controller is the "worst thing in the world".

Your parents must buy you groceries. I buy my batteries in 24 packs and use 2-3 every month or two (or three or four... I play very few games these days, and if I do, it's on PC).

@KHAndAnime said:

In what situation would you have to wait for your controller to charge? After a 12 hour gaming marathon?...

It doesn't have to be 12 hours. One doesn't always plug their controller in after they finish using it. Sometimes I get caught with both PS3 controllers out of juice and that 4-foot cable Sony shipped with the PS3 is a joke.

Play and charge is one of the smartest things MS did on the 360.

why not buy a 10 foot+ cable for 5 dollars then?... seriously your stupid is showing

#45 Posted by cainetao11 (17360 posts) -

@cainetao11 said:

@FragTycoon said:

@TheEroica said:

Oh fuck... This thread again. 15 bucks gets you a charger and two battery packs that'll last you the entirety of the generation for all your future controllers... I'll give you 30$ if you never make a thread again.

No it wont. I've had such a hard time with MS batty packs (not to mention the controllers themselves) last gen I had to give up and buy a wired controller.

In contrast, I have both launch PS3 controllers (along with 2 new ones) that still work, hold a charge and never cost me a penny more.

Save you're $30, you'll need it for batteries.... apparently.

He never said an MS battery pack. Buy a Duracell AA charger and rechargeables. I got charger and 4 AA batts for 20 bucks at Walmart and they have lasted me 3 plus years.

get a dual shock and it will last you the life of your console at no extra charge

Not true. I got angry playing demons souls and slammed it on my desk and it didn't last LOL. I understand for some people here, and I'm not saying its you, that they need any little complaint against the "other" console. When you're approaching my age, and have literally pissed away so much money in bars, and on women that gave you nothing, paying for batteries is such a non issue. Its all relative I guess. I have bigger problems than buying batteries. And as I said, I don't have to. My rechargeables are doing great.

#46 Posted by xxgunslingerxx (4066 posts) -

@Slimmin360 said:

@superclocked said:

External battery pack >>> internal Lithium Ion

Lithium Ion and NiMH batteries are never the same again after they run dead, and they will need to be replaced eventually. Plus, an 8x pack of rechargeable AA's is only about $5....

NEVER had to replace my PS3's Dualshock 3 once, nor' did it ever require longer charge times over the years..Worked exactly the same from day one as it did 5 years later .Days of gameplay, from a 2 hours 20 minutes of charge time.

Not only did the 360 charge pack take longer to charge, but the charge didn't last more than 12 hours of play....AA's are a constant waste of money.

You may not have noticed it taking longer over the years, but the stats and life of the battery definitely deteriorated over time... http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/02/ask-ars-what-is-the-best-way-to-use-an-li-ion-battery/

and for some reason your Duracell rechargeable batteries stay perfect forever or worse get misplaced??

#47 Edited by ninjapirate2000 (3025 posts) -

2100 MaH eneloops > 500/800MaH built in lithium ion.

#48 Edited by superclocked (5823 posts) -

@superclocked said:

@Slimmin360 said:

@superclocked said:

External battery pack >>> internal Lithium Ion

Lithium Ion and NiMH batteries are never the same again after they run dead, and they will need to be replaced eventually. Plus, an 8x pack of rechargeable AA's is only about $5....

NEVER had to replace my PS3's Dualshock 3 once, nor' did it ever require longer charge times over the years..Worked exactly the same from day one as it did 5 years later .Days of gameplay, from a 2 hours 20 minutes of charge time.

Not only did the 360 charge pack take longer to charge, but the charge didn't last more than 12 hours of play....AA's are a constant waste of money.

You may not have noticed it taking longer over the years, but the stats and life of the battery definitely deteriorated over time... http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/02/ask-ars-what-is-the-best-way-to-use-an-li-ion-battery/

and for some reason your Duracell rechargeable batteries stay perfect forever or worse get misplaced??

I said in my first post that my NiMH batteries also lose efficiency and need to be replaced. Also, I got 16x NiMH Rayovak AA's for the price of 4x Duracell's...

#49 Posted by blackace (20606 posts) -

HA--HA i can't believe Microsoft did it again, a next gen console with a controller that requires AA batteries.

They just have to milk yet even more money out of Xbox fanboys for a charge kit? or did the built in lithium ion rechargeable tech just get too complicated for them to figure out.

$500 for the system isn't enough, then theres the game or games you wanna purchase on day one, and an extra $25 for a charge kit, plus tax. Xbone fanboys are looking at close to 7 bills after all is said and done......LOL

What a joke!!! Xbox One will be crushed by PS4.

Your thread is a joke. Just shows that your a butthurt bias child. Poor baby.

Meantime 1000's and 1000's of gamers are opening their XB1 right now and having a blast playing it. LOL!!

#50 Edited by blackace (20606 posts) -

@juarbles said:

Each day it becomes more evident why intelligent humans simply don't even consider the xbone as a valid option.

Only idiot cows on this site believe that and we know they aren't the sharpest knife in the draw. There were a few 100 people waiting at Gamestop to pick up an XB1. LOL!! Cow are jelly and butthurt because the XB1 will be a huge success.