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Xbox controllers are still using AA batteries ‘because of long-term Duracell deal’, spokesperson claims

bitbydeath

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I mean...leaving them on charge like that you'll be lucky if you get 2 years out of them, let alone 6-8. Actually you'll be lucky if they don't burn your house down. A lot of heat is generated in that last 5-10% and it's not unheard of for them to go up in flames, especially as they get older and start to degrade.
Nah. Mobile phones get treated far worse and heat up a ton more. My DS4’s were fine for 7 years with frequent charging. I’m sure the DS5 will be fine too.
 

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I mean...leaving them on charge like that you'll be lucky if you get 2 years out of them, let alone 6-8. Actually you'll be lucky if they don't burn your house down. A lot of heat is generated in that last 5-10% and it's not unheard of for them to go up in flames, especially as they get older and start to degrade.
I don't think that's what's happening..

Firstly all Li-ion batterys use a charging chip that controls recharge - the idea that it's just connected to 5V all the time is just wrong

Secondly - Li-ion last about 500 charges (depends on stuff) .. if you're charging every day or nearly that's 1-2 years - basically what most heavy mobile phone users see.

 
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I don't think that's what's happening..

Firstly all Li-ion batterys use a charging chip that controls recharge - the idea that it's just connected to 5V all the time is just wrong

Secondly - Li-ion last about 500 charges (depends on stuff) .. if you're charging every day or nearly that's 1-2 years - basically what most heavy mobile phone users see.
It's not charging constantly but what happens is that it repeated starts and stops charging in a loop to keep them full. Besides which, like I said prior, Li-ion batteries don't like being held near either their upper or lower bounds and this will accelerate degradation.
 

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I use eneloops for my One X and my Xbox controller for my PC and I still get pissed off everytime I have to change and charge the damn batteries. Like it's a cheap toy or an old flashlight.

I've never had issues with internal batteries even after using them for years. I would just wait for a sale and buy a new controller. No big deal for me.
 

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BusierDonkey

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I prefer AAs unless the rechargeable battery is set up like the Series 2 Elite controller. 40 hour life with the charger built into the controller case. Zero chance I'll ever run out of charge in a single playthrough and when the yellow light comes on I still have 5+ hours to play.

Outside that scenario, I'll take rechargeable AAs like Eneloops any day over a 10 hour internal battery.
 

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wait why are people upset at this? If you want an "internal" chargeable battery, you literally can buy a plug and charge kit.
 
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Batiman

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Wish Sony had this option. Works best this way. Never had to use a cable on Xbox. I find myself stuck with a cord on PS4 when I forget to charge them.
 
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Congratulations, but doesn't change the fact swapping controllers is the fastest way to continue playing...
You need two controllers and two battery packs for efficiency...

Plus I am spoiled; now I want wireless charging I don't even want to plug shit in anymore...
Assuming you're talking about DS4 controller, you sure do need a second controller as the battery in those last 3-4 hours.
 
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What a surprise. Look at who created the thread. The guy's eyes must have popped out thinking he hit the lottery with an MS/Duracell article. Battery packs are awesome. They work for years, no need for batteries, and my old 360 play and charge kit, I used to recharge it through my cell phone/USB plug.

And if you need a new one, they are $25.

Rolla Rolla

Report me for trolling MS/Xbox threads > 06/27​

 
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Assuming you're talking about DS4 controller, you sure do need a second controller as the battery in those last 3-4 hours.

Plug it in when you're not using it? How many times are you people rocking 4+hrs of gaming in one go?
 

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Plug it in when you're not using it? How many times are you people rocking 4+hrs of gaming in one go?
I do all the time hence why revolving controllers is the way to go..
Assuming you're talking about DS4 controller, you sure do need a second controller as the battery in those last 3-4 hours.

I am talking about any controller. It takes less than 5 seconds to swap out vs changing batteries or recharging doesn't matter 4 hours or 4 days!

Convenience cost... Sorry if you don't use revolving controllers and headsets....
 
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How could it be perfect when it's missing haptic feedback and resistive triggers like the Dualsense has? They need to revise their controller to keep up ASAP.

because people are still amazed at feeling the ice cubes in a cup on the switch right?
 

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How could it be perfect when it's missing haptic feedback and resistive triggers like the Dualsense has? They need to revise their controller to keep up ASAP.
Those resistive triggers seem to be quite fragile and doesn't my iPhone have haptic feedback?
 

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Such environmental waste and backwards thinking in this type of deals.

Had Xbox and always hated that I had to get a battery pack or settle with batteries.

That's not pro consumer at all, even my ps3 controllers still have juice In them.

I guess someone must praise their home..
So
Is it environmentally friendly when the ps controller battery dies?
 
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Fredrik

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I love the AA batteries. Just swap and go, takes less than a minute. On Switch, PS4, Stadia, Geforce Now, Apple TV I have to plug in a long cable that lets the kids pull down the consoles from the shelves, or stop playing and just wait.
 

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I think I prefer play and charge over the solution the likes of Sony use. You CAN insert batteries, but you don't have to. Also, my DS3's are long dead. On Xbox its a case of taking the batteries or pack out. I also think the longer cord is a nice bonus. I can use it from the couch while charging. Luckily it does seem to charge my DualSense also.

What I don't like is that MS doesn't include the kit with their SKU.
 
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Everyone who has used the Dualsense says it's a total game changer not a gimmick. Real and convincing physical feedback adds literally an entire 3rd sense to gaming after sight and sound. Since taste and smell are never coming this is likely as good as its going to get for the foreseeable future.
Err not everyone and sorry if i'm being pedantic, but many people on forums and inclunding a friend of mine immediately turned haptic feedback off, i would be one of those people if i ever aquire one. Still doesn't take anything away from the fact that Sony did a big evolution to their controller, but it's just not for everyone, which is a normal thing in any product.

OT: I still have the controllers from my RROD X360, i have the wireless receiver on my pc and they work fine, just swap the eneloops and you're good to go. I already have a cellphone where i can't change the battery without sending it to the brand representative, let alone have that on a controller to play videogames. I would never buy a mice/keyboard with the same solution.
 

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But it never happens lol. AA batteries are relics of the past.
Just one search in reddit and it's filled to the brim with dead batteries.It happens on fucking 1000€ phones, but no, not on the supreme sony controller. Some of you, seriously.....
 
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I prefer batteries because I don't want to have to plug in my controller after 2 hours like my DS4. You basically need a second controller too with how short the cord is.
 
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Makes you wonder if MS has been conservative with their controller design to accommodate batteries?
 

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no, remember, the position to assume is that having options is only valid when you talk about ssd as expandable storage.
Yes, apparently is bad having the option....

It's easy just to search the PS4 sub redit and see how it goes to many people, but the ones wanting choices are the dumb ones....
 

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I like choice, but without recargable batteries, no gyro and no táctil panel or speaker the Xbox gamepads are very overpriced, dual sense its a much better value
Until you break those poorly designed triggers.
 
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Zog

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Man, all those early replies of people with Stockholm Syndrome. Everything uses rechargeable batteries these days because they are far more convenient. Keep convincing yourself that you prefer AA batteries, just like you tell yourself you don't need anything besides Halo and Forza. 😂
That's what people are saying, they aren't more convenient. Changing your AA batteries is more convenient than playing with a wired controller or stopping until your controller is charged. The Xbox controller can also use rechargeable batteries if that's what you prefer.

So I understand it correctly... All of my options cost additional money?
Yeah but so does buying an extra Sony controller so you can rotate them out.
 
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Until you break those poorly designed triggers.

You keep saying this. Where is the evidence for your claims? This place would be blowing up if there was some sort of wide spread issue with the adaptive triggers.