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The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 was released on November 4, 2019, and is compatible with the Xbox One, X, & S consoles as well as PCs running Windows 10/11. Model 1797.

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Do I need rechargeable battery to use the controller?

i replaced the bottom shell of my controller and discovered the battery is really puffy.... Do I need the battery to use the controller on PC with usb cable? I tried to connect it without the battery but it seems to not be recognized by the s/f

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Hi, @andreamassone. Lore here.

It’s not recommended to use a swollen battery as it can be dangerous and cause damage to your controller.

To answer your question, you don’t need the battery to use your Xbox controller on a PC with a USB cable. You can connect your controller to your PC using a micro USB cable and use it without a battery. If your controller is not recognized by your PC, try the following steps:

  1. Update your drivers. Make sure your PC has the latest updates and drivers installed.
  2. Check the USB cable. Ensure that the USB cable is securely connected to your controller and PC. Try using a different USB cable if the issue persists
  3. Restart your PC. Sometimes, restarting your PC can help resolve any temporary issues.

If none of the above steps work, there may be a hardware issue with your controller. You can take your controller to a repair shop or contact Xbox support for further assistance.

I hope this helps you resolve the issue with your Xbox controller!

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Thanks for the reply....

Unfortunately without the battery the controller is not recognized... If I place the battery inside again it works perfectly.... I restarted the pc several time and nothing changes.... Without battery it doesn't work, with battery works.... I bought a new battery online but as I use the controller only connected with USB I didn't want to waste money...


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@andreamassone since there were no issues with the controller before, I would suggest that you replace the battery before using it at all. Replace the battery and then connect it either to your PC or your game console. That way no guessing about drivers, cables etc. Start with the parts that are known to be needing to be replaced first. It'll simplify any further troubleshooting if needed.

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Yes I bought a new battery online but as I dont' need it to use the controller wireless I would have preferred to use it without it so as not to waste money


@andreamassone I understand but as you found out yourself "Without battery it doesn't work, with battery works", so you do need the battery.


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