The new Xbox One Controller finally has itself a price, thanks to updated listings on Microsoft’s own US store. We now know that buying extra controllers will set US buyers back by $59.99, the same cost as a DualShock 4, and a rise pretty much in line with inflation over the Xbox 360 Controller’s $49.99.
Although the controller has many new technological innovations, it’s still beholden to AA batteries and rechargeable battery packs, rather than having a battery built in to the controller. Microsoft’s own updated Play & Charge kit will cost an additional $24.99, or come in at a bundle with the controller for $74.99, or you can grab some good quality rechargeable AA batteries and save yourself a few quid.
That last option is a fair bit more appealing now, as the Xbox One Controller now features a standardised Micro USB port, which will handle data and power when the controller is plugged in. That trick manages to remove the need for a wired controller, makes life a lot easier when your batteries die, and should also make using the controller with a PC quite a lot simpler.
At the time of writing, the UK and EU stores do not have a prices yet, so we don’t know what exchange rate Microsoft will be using. Many UK retailers are playing it quite safe, with £1 deposits necessary at Game, or Amazon’s placeholder price at a whopping £89.99! Meanwhile, Shopto are betting heavily on Microsoft matching the DualShock 4 pricing, at £44.86.