Xbox Series X controllers won’t ditch AA batteries for a while yet – here’s why

Xbox has always been known for sticking to its guns when it comes to traditional battery packs. As far back as the Xbox 360, players have been given the option of powering their gamepads using AA batteries, and it’s an outdated feature that has also found its way into the next generation of consoles. Yes, Xbox Series X controllers still take AA batteries – but there’s a reason, we guess.

Unlike PlayStation’s DualShock (and now DualSense) series of controllers, which have always used an inbuilt rechargeable battery, the Xbox controller range has, at least, given players options when it comes to how to power their controllers. But the real reason for Microsoft dragging its feet on batteries lies in a long-lasting deal struck with Duracell. 


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