Here’s Why Xbox Controllers May Still Use AA Batteries

Microsoft’s decision to continue designing its controllers to be compatible with regular AA batteries, even into the latest generation, has been speculated on by gamers and journalists for a while now. But it looks as though we may finally know the reasoning, though it’s not as clear cut as it may appear.

According to an interview with Stealth Optional (originally caught by VGC), Duracell’s UK marketing manager Luke Anderson said that the decision is largely due to a marketing agreement between the two companies.

“There’s always been this partnership with Duracell and Xbox…it’s a constant agreement that Duracell and Microsoft have in place,” Anderson told Stealth Optional. “[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].”

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