Xbox Series X controller uses AA batteries because many 'really want' them

Xbox Series X Controller Hero
Xbox Series X Controller Hero (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft recently revealed every detail about the Xbox Series X controller.
  • The device still uses AA batteries.
  • The company decided to include them because it's all about flexibility.
  • The Xbox Series X is scheduled to launch in Holiday 2020.

Recently, Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X controller. It's quite similar to what we have with the Xbox One, but there are a number of refinements like textured triggers and more. However, it still uses AA batteries.

When this was announced, there was some outrage, but Microsoft feels that this gives gamers flexibility. Speaking with Digital Foundry — as reported by VG247 — Xbox's Partner Director of Program Management said the following.

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. So just giving flexibility is the way to please both people… You can use a rechargeable battery pack and it works just like it does on the Elite, but it is a separate thing.

In my opinion, removable AA batteries also increase the shelf life of the controller. I have a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 that can barely keep its charge even though it's only four months old. This means that it's essentially a wired controller unless I take it apart and slot in a third-party replacement, if that's even possible.

Are you happy that Microsoft included AA batteries in the controller? Or would you prefer a built-in version? Let us know.

Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.