I’ve used the Xbox360 wireless controllers for about three years now and I’ve experimented with various power sources – using the Play n Charge Kit, changing AA batteries when needed, or switching the rechargeable battery packs from the docking station.
Out of the three, the docking station was most efficient and reliable – it gave me a consistent and relatively longer battery life and it was faster to switch battery packs. Alas, the Mother Gaia in me felt that it was consuming additional electricity when I could have cut down. So I decided to switch to wired controllers. After all, I didn’t need to sit to far away from my console and TV (because they’re both on the floor, and i sit cross-legged while gaming) so I don’t have the problem of having anyone tripping on the cables.
Wired controllers in its original mould packaging seem non-existent nowadays but if you browse through a trade in store, you might just those debundled from console packs, selling for less than S$40. That would free up your budget for more games or more Microsoft points.
I still have my white and blue wireless controllers and I intend to add the black and red ones into my collection. But for someone who can game for long hours, I think I can do my small bit to cut down on electricity consumption.