If you’re a PlayStation or Nintendo Switch gamer, you know you need to keep a lanyard handy in case your controller drains in the middle of the game. If you’re an Xbox gamer, however, it’s a bit trickier – these Gamepads still rely on AA batteries, so while you can easily add a new set when needed, you may need to resynchronize the controller with your console, which can be a real problem when you’re in the middle of a match. OtterBox, best known for its protective cases, is now looking to make your charging experience seamless with its Power Swap controller batteries.
These new batteries aren’t just regular rechargeable batteries – they wouldn’t solve the common problem of losing connection with your system while you make the switch. Instead, Otterbox offered a cage that you plug into the battery compartment and then each battery is inserted there. The key to a seamless swap is the small spare cell in the cage, which holds power to the controller for about 30 seconds, which is just enough time to remove the depleted battery and replace it with a new one from the dock.
Each battery has a low battery indicator, so you will have an extra head to change the pack; you won’t be caught off guard by an onscreen message or an unresponsive controller. The batteries can also be removed with one hand, so you never have to stop playing.
Each $ 60 set comes with two batteries, so right out of the box you have one to play with and one to keep ready in the charger. There’s a docking station to power both at the same time, but you can also plug in the included USB-C cord to charge the batteries directly into the controller. The packaging also includes two cages, one for the Xbox One gamepad and one for the Xbox Series X | S, so you don’t have to worry about buying the ‘right’ set for your system or having to worry about it. procure replacement if you decide to upgrade your console later.
Even if you don’t have an Xbox, you can still benefit from the Power Swap controller batteries as the Xbox gamepads are compatible with Windows and Mac desktops and even mobiles – Otterbox has made sure the new battery does not interfere with mobile play. Clip he presented in January. And the extra space in the company’s gaming carrying case should also be enough to carry your extra battery and cables.
OtterBox Power Swap Controller batteries will be available on otterbox.com starting June 15, but you’ll also see them on microsoft.com and Amazon. And it’s $ 60 for the full set; for the moment the batteries will not be sold alone but it is not excluded that this new charging solution takes off.
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