The M. Nelson in the headline above does not refer to Nelson Mandela, the famed anti-apartheid leader. No, that name stands for Major Nelson, Xbox Live Director of Programming, who's come to be known as an all-around nice guy to Xbox fanatics. So why mention the major? Well, a few questions regarding the 360's wireless/rechargeable peripherals came up a few days ago, and it seemed like a good idea to ask the major himself for the [un]official lowdown. Here's the gist of what he had to say:
In the $399.99 Xbox 360 package (and not the $299.99 Core one), you'll get a wireless controller AND 2 batteries (AA) to run the controller with.
The $19.99 Play and Charge Kit will come with the cable AND a rechargeable battery pack.
The $11.99 Rechargeable Battery Pack won't come with anything else, so you'll need the cable from the Play and Charge Kit to recharge it.
Update: This information is subject to change. [Thanks, Major Nelson!]
I imagine that the same 2 AA’s will be included with the standalone wireless controller, and that an additional
battery pack would typically be used to swap in for a Play-and-Charge-Kit one that needs recharging. I understand that
some of this information was already leaked in the Xbox 360
marketing brochures that hit the web last week, but I feel that it’s always good to get confirmation from a
For more pictures and descriptions of the accessories themselves, feel free to check out the Xbox 360 Accessories page over at Xbox.com here. If you’d like the visit the major’s unofficial blog, just click on the Read link below, but be aware that I received this answer via e-mail and not through his web site.