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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I love Microsoft but i always thought the controller prices were too high. & a headset doesn't come with the system? wow, plus rechargeable isn't standard. They'll nickle and diming big time this year.
For anyone that doesn't do it now. Invest in the rechargeables. They save you so much money down the road. My Turtlebeach X32's are ridiculous and if I didn't have rechargables I would be out so much money. Plus you are helping the environment, so it's a win-win.
All I know is that I will be dropping almost 1000 bux on my Xbox One and accessories/games this Nov. Now give me a better rewards program Microsoft!
Ok i love the Xbox One, BUT... come onnn! i agree totally with the article stating that all three next gen... rather two next gen(nintendo doesnt count) would a adopt a less wasteful method.
Seriously wtf besides TV remotes uses disposeable batteries? Kind of a shakedown the trollers should come with the rechargeable lion battery.
I just hope Sony stays with the rechargeable cord that comes with every console. Too much extra money for controllers. Ill stick with the PS4
I'm sorry, I usually try to avoid negative comments about either console as I think all of them are good, but this is kinda sad. Rechargeable battery packs should be standard with each controller. My PS3 controller has lasted longer than every battery pack I bought for my 360. I have to use my Plug n' Play kit just to turn it on. Also, for those worried about the cable, the PS3 uses a pretty generic USB cable. I have like 5 laying around that are all usable for the controller. Don't know if the PS4 will use the same type or not.
I never understood the reason for buying a headset for over $150.
This is irrelevant to the xbox one pricing, just an opinion.
"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 their godawful wireless 360 controllers."
But, yes. it's money. Charge $10 more for the same thing. Don't bundle the headset (which will be just as sh*tty as the 360 HS), and finally $75 for a controller/headset combo?
MONEY. MONEY. MONEY.