Microsoft have, by now, dropped a great deal of info on the Xbox Series X’s new controller, and we know quite a bit about the iterative improvements it will be making over its predecessor, from the inclusion of a share button to the upgrades its making to things like the d-pad and the analog sticks. One quite interesting piece of info that has emerged about the new controller is the fact that, much like the Xbox One controller (and the Xbox 360 controller before it), it will use AA batteries.
For many, that is a baffling decision, owing to how PlayStation controllers – to name just one of many others – have been using rechargeable batteries for a while- so why is it that Xbox continues to insist on using batteries? Well, according to Microsoft, it’s all about giving players options and being flexible.
Speaking to Digital Foundry, Jason Ronald – partner director of program management at Xbox – said that the split between people who want a rechargeable controller and those who prefer batteries is roughly 50/50, and so giving players a separate option to use a rechargeable battery pack if they want strikes a best of both worlds situation.
“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. “So just giving flexibility is the way to please both [sets of] people… You can use a rechargeable battery pack and it works just like it does on the Elite, [but] it is a separate thing.”
This is some incredible news,i have been attacking this since the PS3 generations.
It would be a blast to know how lemmings stand for this,on this day in age were all of the are fast to call sony anti consumer for even the smallest crap.
This is a disgrace in 2005 with the 360 i could understand it for the first few years,it was the first generations were controllers from the go were wireless,the wii also used AA,by 2013 i complained about this because it was ridiculous to not use rechargeable batteries,the wii U had one so did the PS4 controller and pretty much any electronic device out there.
But on 2020 to see that MS still hold hard to AA batteries is a joke,and that damage controll excuse is pathetic that gamers want AA batteries,and just so you know MS can support AA batteries and include a damn pair of rechargeable ones and a damn cable to charge them,it would be cheap but not they want to sell you a damn rechargeable pack again,and for those who will cry that they own one already those batteries have a certain life spam they will not last for ever,with time the hold less and less charge until they die.
Is sad that MS on its over priced controllers still making people buy batteries is a joke and a real anti consumer move.