Have you been wondering why there will be AA batteries in the Xbox Series X controller? They seem a bit old-fashioned, don’t they? Jason Ronald, Partner Director of Program Management at Xbox, addressed why AA batteries power the Xbox Series X controller during a recent press briefing.
Ronald said during the press briefing, “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… You can use a rechargeable battery pack and it works just like it does on the Elite, [but] it is a separate thing.”
So, that offers some clarification. And as you can see, Microsoft is just trying to keep options as open as possible for gamers. So, if you want to use a rechargeable battery pack, that is up to you. But if you prefer AAs, you still have the chance to use them. Also, if you pay $24.99, you can purchase the officially licensed rechargeable battery from Xbox.