Microsoft Comments On Its Decision To Include AA Batteries In The Xbox Series X Controller

Microsoft's decision to ship the Xbox Series X controller with AA batteries has sparked plenty of debate. We've heard from many Pure Xbox commenters and voters on both sides of the argument, and now, in a conversation with Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, the company has addressed the decision directly.

The comments come from Partner Director of Program Management at Xbox Jason Ronald, who suggests customer feedback is very much 50/50 on the subject:

"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 [sets of] people..."

An expected response then, and Digital Foundry even indicates that opinion was split during its hands-on event at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. Apparently, tech YouTuber Austin Evans felt it was potentially time to move on from AA batteries, while Digital Foundry's John Linneman suggested AA support means the controller will still work perfectly in years to come, while "internal cells fade and die".

Where do you stand in the argument? Let's re-open the debate in the comments below.