You read that right, Xbox controllers just really need AA batteries to function, no other corporate mumbo-jumbo involved.What really propelled that issue was Duracell UK marketing manager Luke Anderson’s statement that indicates:
“There’s always been this partnership with Duracell and Xbox… It’s a constant agreement that Duracell and Microsoft have in place […] [The deal is] for OEM to supply the battery product for the Xbox consoles and also the controllers’ battery. So that [deal is] going to go on for a while… it’s been going on for a while and I think it needs to go for a while [more].”
The only reason Xbox controllers come with Duracell batteries by default is because of Microsoft’s partnership with Duracell OEM. To expound within the issue further, this is what a Microsoft spokesperson has to say:
“We intentionally offer consumers choice in their battery solutions for our standard Xbox Wireless Controllers. 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.”
With zero comment from Duracell since, we shall wait for them at least to somehow clarify the entire issue.
How do you power up your Xbox controllers? Let us know in the comments section below!