Duracell isn’t secretly paying Microsoft to put AA batteries in Xbox controllers

Duracell isn’t secretly paying Microsoft to put AA batteries in Xbox controllers


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“Xbox Controllers Still Use AA Batteries Due to ‘A Constant Agreement’ with Duracell,” Stealth Optional’sheadline reads. The headline spotlights the outlet’s recent interview with Duracell’s UK marketing manager, Luke Anderson, who told Stealth Optional that there’s “always been this partnership with Duracell and Xbox… It’s a constant agreement that Duracell and Microsoft have in place.”

After this interview was published, severaloutletscited the article, theorizing that this could be the reason why Microsoft still uses AA batteries to power some of its wireless gaming controllers.

This isn’t true. “We intentionally offer consumers choice in their battery solutions for our standard Xbox Wireless Controllers,” a Microsoft…

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