Xbox Series X: if the controller uses batteries, it’s because of an old contract with Duracell

The Xbox Series X and Series S controller still uses AA batteries. Behind this choice, which may seem strange in the age of batteries, is in fact hiding an old commercial contract with Duracell. We will explain everything to you.

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Credit: Duracell

Some of you may have wondered: why is Microsoft bothering to still use AA batteries to power the Xbox Series X and Series S controllers? The answer is rather astonishing. As revealed by our colleagues from the Stealth Optional site this Thursday, January 7, 2021, Microsoft is actually bound hand and foot by an old commercial contract with Duracell, the famous manufacturer.

There has always been this partnership with Duracell and Xbox… It is a constant agreement that Duracell and Microsoft have put in place ”, Luke Anderson, Duracell UK Marketing Director, reveals in an interview for Stealth Optional. According to the manager’s confidences, this deal is not just limited to Xbox controllers and the use of AA batteries.

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Credits: Microsoft & Duracell / Visual for a competition game in 2015

A visibly long-standing contract

The agreement provides for the OEM to supply the batteries for the Xbox consoles as well as the battery for the controllers. This contract will therefore last for a while… It has been going on for some time and I think it should last for a while ”, he assures. Here, Luke Anderson not only refers to the agreement committing Microsoft to stick to AA batteries for its controllers, but also an agreement that places Duracell as an exclusive supplier for other elements of the console and the Xbox ecosystem.

The UK site MCV has tried to get answers from Microsoft. The American giant did not detail the nature of this contract with Duracell, but still replied: “We intentionally provide consumers with several battery choices for our standard Xbox wireless controllers. This includes the use of AA batteries of any brand, the Xbox Rechargeable Battery, our partner’s charging solutions, and a USB-C cable, which can power the controller when plugged into the console or PC. ”.

As a reminder, Microsoft could soon make changes to the controller of the Xbox Series X and Series S. The manufacturer could be inspired by the DualSense of the PS5 and has also published a survey for owners of Series X and Series S. Players are asked to decide on any features they would like to see happen on the controller. One thing is certain, Microsoft is unlikely to choose to include a battery.

Source: StealthOptional