The lights are on
Microsoft has posted the prices for some the Xbox One's
accessories, including the upcoming console's controller, headset, and charge
The official Microsoft Store lists the price for a
standalone Xbox One wireless controller at $59.99, just $10 more than what the
company charges for a wireless 360 controller. An Xbox One Chat Headset – which
we know will
not be bundled with the system – will set players back $24.99. Microsoft is
also offering an official charging kit, which contains a charging cable and
battery pack, for $24.99 – or you can buy a controller/charge kit combo for
While Microsoft's product page states
that the Xbox One controller boasts over 40 innovations, I'm disappointed by
two glaring omissions. First, is the much-complained about missing headset –
given the company's numerous
recently, I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't decided to throw one in with console just
to shut people up.
My second point of
contention is that the Xbox One controller uses AA batteries by default. While
environmentally conscious gamers might invest in a charging kit or use their
own rechargeable AA batteries, many more won't think twice about burning
through countless regular batteries during the lifespan of their console.
In January, analyst
firm IDC put the total number of Xbox 360 sales at 76
million. Throw in all of the extra controllers gamers buy for playing with
friends and family, and you're looking at hundreds of millions of used batteries
every year just for the 360 (the Wii, which has sold roughly 100 million
consoles and countless more Wii remotes, is an even greater offender).
That kind of avoidable
waste is inexcusable for a next-gen console, when virtually every other modern
electronic device has a built-in, rechargeable battery. I was hoping all three
next-gen consoles would adopt a more eco-friendly approach for their controllers
(preferably rechargeable batteries that can also be easily replaced should they
ever wear out), but it looks like Microsoft is still opting for the cheapest
and most wasteful method for powering our future play sessions.
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Wow Jeff M. I never knew you were such the environmentalist.
I really would have figured by now Microsoft would have learned to utilize rechargeable controllers. But that would just cost them too much more money on their hands, and knowing that they'd want to charge gamers 70-80 dollars on a rechargeable controller realized they'd probably have way fewer sales. So here we are at the cheapest route possible which means more money out of our pockets in the long run. And a great environmental conscious too, as Jeff said. So glad I'm a Sony guy.
That is a pretty nice controller. I'm hoping they make it compatible for PC (the 360 controller is pretty comfortable for those games that I all but need a controller for; Dark Souls, fighting games, etc.).
Thinking about going Turtle Beach again on the headset. The 360 headsets worked fine for me, but the added audio and quality for the Turtle Beach headset was awesome. Granted that also took batteries, since that is a no-no apparently, but I just used rechargeable batteries as I will use the recharge kit for the controller. Good job Microsoft I don't mind buying the extra rechargeable kit! Besides if you went to rechargeable controllers then people would just say you're copying Sony...
Wow. Figured the controller and headset would be priced around there anyway.
Something to differentiate the PS4 and the Xbox One, finally.
K, ill get some of this stuff
wth are you talking about? every controller I have bought for my 360 has been 60 dollars and Microsoft already said the new controllers will not use AA batteries. listen to Microsoft before you throw them under a bus. don't hear what you want to hear. you need to hear what they actually say. moron.
You're complaining about batteries? Really? Who f'n cares. The real stupidity is using batteries at all. Give me a controller with a cord and keep your useless wireless crap.
see i feel like the controlle should be able to be chargable without buying extras and charge packs
well, I know I'm gonna draw a lot of flak for this but... nothing comes with rechargeable batteries, and yes they should throw that in along with the headset. But, I wouldn't want that driving up the price. I just don't think it will be worth it, and do the old headsets work on the new console? Because the old ones work just fine.
After buying a charger for my first 360 controller I decided to just start getting rechargeable batteries that I can use with my various home theater remotes as well. Much better off this way. They can just keep their stupid charger add on cost.
Who wants to bet it didn't cost Microgreed any more money to design and manufacture this controller than it did for the 360 controller? Greed is the name of the game over there.