Xbox is settling a long-time debate in using AA or rechargeable batteries by letting players do both for its new Series X wireless controller.
In an in-depth interview with Eurogamer, Xbox partner director Jason Ronald stated the mutual feelings between old and new methods made the company’s decision. “Just giving flexibility is the way to please both [sets of] people,” Ronald said, adding there’s no right way to power their consistent controller designs including their Pro Controller. “You can use a rechargeable battery pack and it works just like it does on the Elite, [but] it is a separate thing.”
The arguments from both sides vary – from AA users, the longer battery life from a typical cell lasts longer than a rechargeable lithium-ion one. While the reusable cartridge does save money from buying more cells, users also complained it takes more frequent charges. AA users cite a peace of mind and one-in-a-blue moon battery changes.
For Xbox, their controllers shipped with AA batteries while allowing for rechargeable ones through first and third-party accessories. Ronald further explained the Series X keeps the compromise going for both types of gamers with no differences in Bluetooth connectivity and latency. Our early specs breakdown outlined some of the new controller designs, including a new D-pad for faster inputs and a Share button following the DualShock 4’s implementation by Sony. The Series X controller also looks near-identical to its previous gen cousin and implements cross-compatibility.
Whether you’re still purchasing wholesale AA’s or spending more for a long-time rechargeable battery, it’s still enough to keep the experience going for Xbox’s upcoming Series X console – due this holiday season.