There was a lot of fuss early last year when it was revealed the Xbox Series X controller would again be using AA batteries, and now a Duracell UK representative has allegedly shed some light on why that might be.
In an interview with Stealth Optional, Duracell UK’s marketing manager Luke Anderson reportedly suggested to the outlet that a long-standing deal between the company and Microsoft was one of the reasons for the decision.
“There’s always been this partnership with Duracell and Xbox… It’s a constant agreement that Duracell and Microsoft have in place..."
“[The deal is] for OEM to supply the battery product for the Xbox consoles and also the controllers’ battery. So that [deal is] going to go on for a while… it’s been going on for a while and I think it needs to go for a while [more].”
MCVUK also picked up on this story earlier today and contacted Microsoft for a response, with the company stating that it "intentionally offers consumers choice in their battery solutions for our standard Xbox Wireless Controllers."
“We intentionally offer consumers choice in their battery solutions for our standard Xbox Wireless Controllers. This includes the use of AA batteries from any brand, the Xbox Rechargeable Battery, charging solutions from our partners, or a USB-C cable, which can power the controller when plugged in to the console or PC.”
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