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Microsoft gave out an explanation for the reason behind sticking with the AA batteries in the Xbox Series X controller.
Speaking with Digital Foundry, partner director of program management at Xbox Jason Ronald gave out an explanation on why Microsoft is sticking with the battery pack for the Xbox Series X controller. He stated that at least 50% of Xbox players prefer the normal use of classic AA batteries, hence giving players the choice of going with rechargeable batteries if they wish to.
“It all boils down to when you talk effectively with the players, is a species of polarization, and there is a strong part who really wants to AA,” he said. “Then it is give you flexibility and meet both [groups of] people … and it’s possible to buy a battery pack rechargeable and works exactly the same as on the Elite, [but] it is a separate thing.”
Ronald also said that the use of batteries also allows for longer shelf life for the controller, as AA batteries can be replaced while internal cell units eventually wear out, forcing players to purchase a new controller.