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PS3 Controller: What Batteries?

PS3 ControllerWe already know a few things about the new PS3 controller:

  • It will be able to sense yaw/pitch/roll motion and acceleration in those directions.
  • It’ll be wireless with a built-in battery.
  • You can recharge the battery with a USB cable connected to the PS3. There is a USB port on the back of the PS3 controller.
  • Rumble functionality has been lost.
  • The L2 and R2 buttons have been made more into triggers.
  • There are four lights on the controller to identify which player you are.
  • There’s a new Guide (?) button between the Select and Start buttons.

Beyond the question of how well the motion sensitivity will work, there’s another obvious question. What kind of battery does the controller use?

I’d very much like to see it work similar to Sony Cybershot digital camera. The camera came with two rechargeable AA batteries, which you could recharge with a supplied charger. The PS3 controller should use two rechargeable AA batteries that recharge by connecting a USB cable to the controller. If you wanted to, you could replace the discharged batteries with fresh non-rechargeable AA batteries. This would be handy, for example, if you play PS3 games with several of your friends and you’re already recharging one controller with your USB cable, but you another’s charge is down. You could just scrounge up some AA batteries and stick them in there and you’re ready to go!

So, does anyone know what kind of battery this controller uses?