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I just dug up my Wii U after almost a year of retiring it. I will periodically go back to play certain games, but this was my biggest gap between uses. And after so many months of being use to rechargeable Joycons, and wired Xbox controllers, needing to check the battery life on my Wii remotes felt like such a chore. It almost felt like a foreign concept - so this controller is at around half battery life, so in like a day or two to go out and spend money on batteries in order to keep using a controller i already own. Its just a weird feeling that something I was so use to doing as a kid, something that I have been doing for so many years just feels foreign at this point. I realize that rechargeable Wii remote batteries do exist and I may even consider investing in them, but thats not the point. Has anyone else felt this way?



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Are you implying Xbox is obsolete?



There's a battery in every controller, and the thing with batteries is, they don't last forever; they get worse over time until they stop working altogether. The concept of a battery may be old, but at least it means that any device that uses it can still function as long as they make them. Replacing the built-in batteries in a lot of 'modern' electronics is a lot harder.



Yeah but Duracell makes sooo much money partnering with these companies. Batteries are still in everything though, the upside for wii motes and Xbox controllers is the lithium ion battery will never degrade since they don't have one , haha. So you can fire up your wii and Xbox 20 years grom now and not have to keep recharging every fifteen minutes.



 

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Octane said:

There's a battery in every controller, and the thing with batteries is, they don't last forever; they get worse over time until they stop working altogether. The concept of a battery may be old, but at least it means that any device that uses it can still function as long as they make them. Replacing the built-in batteries in a lot of 'modern' electronics is a lot harder.

I will say though, I have a bunch of rechargable batteries and they got garbage pretty quickly. The odd thing is too, I have like 3-4 different recharge stations, all different brands, and all the batteries are of 3-4 different brands as well. So it's not a specific model either.  Kind of odd.



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I agree with what Octane said, replacing the batteries in the modern electronics is a lot harder, but curiously with the video game controls it is still easy if you have the cheap tools to remove a few screws.



Only the XB1 that uses them this gen. Its fine imo.



Octane said:

There's a battery in every controller, and the thing with batteries is, they don't last forever; they get worse over time until they stop working altogether. The concept of a battery may be old, but at least it means that any device that uses it can still function as long as they make them. Replacing the built-in batteries in a lot of 'modern' electronics is a lot harder.

True. True. I commented near enpugh the same thing but I just realized that we both are forgetting that these companies can inovated batteries now but are actively holding things back for AA and AAA so they can profit from quivker obsolescence. Plenty of ways to make Li-ion batteries now in the shape and form of AA or smaller but gor that one hiccup, greed. OP is right, they are obsolete... every two weeks. 



 

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Well, if I charge my WiiU Pro controller fully then I can get 60 hours of play with it before charging it again ... which I only did thrice since I own the thing so it's a better alternative than when I owned a 360 Xbox controller with rechargeable batteries that I could only get 6-10 hours in one charge.



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They have rechargeable wiimote batteries.