Duracell spokesperson claimed that Xbox controllers still use AA batteries due to a ‘permanent deal’ with the battery manufacturer.
Microsoft still uses AA batteries for Xbox controllers. On the other hand, the battery manufacturer may have something to do with it, according to an odd interview with a Duracell spokesperson.
First of all, let’s say that the accuracy of the issue is controversial. “There has always been a partnership between Duracell and Xbox… it’s a permanent agreement with Duracell and Microsoft in place,” Luke Anderson, Duracell’s UK marketing manager, told Stealth Optional.
“[Anlaşma] It is up to the OEM department to supply the battery for the Xbox consoles and also the battery for the gamepads. So this [anlaşma] It will continue for a while… it has been going on for a while and I think it should continue. ”
Duracell has long been providing batteries that come with controllers on new Xbox consoles, and also regularly promotes the use of its batteries on Xbox controllers on Twitter. But it seems odd that the partnership with a battery company stopped Microsoft’s transition to the more widely used lithium-ion batteries.
– Duracell (@Duracell) November 9, 2018
Quite annoyingly circumventing the question asked by MCV / Develop, Microsoft said, “We’re offering consumers a choice of battery solutions for our standard Xbox Wireless Controllers. This includes the use of AA batteries of any brand, the Xbox Rechargeable Battery, our partners’ charging solutions, or the use of a USB-C cable that can power the controller when plugged into the console or PC. “
While Microsoft is not discussing any deal with Duracell that may or may not, it seems to consider the use of removable batteries as a free choice rather than the result of a deal.