You may have seen stories in the trade press today about why Microsoft has batteries in its Xbox Series X | S controllers used. According to Luke Anderson, Marketing Director at Duracell, It would be a longstanding trade agreement between the American group and the rabbit battery giant. Some may have interpreted the news as an affront since the competition is long gone. The rejection of the news didn’t take long to be heard …
The explanation came from two sources. On the one hand the side Eurogamerwhich is based on an interview from last year. During this exchange between the UK site and Jason Ronald, a spawn at Microsoft, the case of using batteries was brought up:
The bottom line is that we’re talking to players who a large camp want AA batteries. Due to the flexibility, both camps can be satisfied. You can use a battery pack if you want.
Basically, this decision is consistent. For example, for your multiplayer games it is important to have an “on-the-fly” power source. Imagine arriving at a friend’s house who mostly plays solo. A lever in the bottom of the drawer, a battery s torage nearby and off you go. Not to mention the weight factor. It is true that the controller is heavier on battery than on batteries, which can be confusing for some.
Microsoft has also issued an official answer to this batch question:
We purposely give players a choice between their energy solutions. This includes the rechargeable battery, batteries (all brands), third-party solutions and the USB-C cable.
So yes, some will surely say that the price of Series X controllers doesn’t really reflect the lack of battery. After all, the next-generation PS controller costs around $ 70, including the battery and haptic feedback. The X | series controller S is trading at around 60 dollars, but several promotions have already been carried out making it more accessible for around 50 dollars. By adding the battery (approx. 20 dollars) we are at the end there … and with the choice of batteries!