All handhelds in the EU must have replaceable batteries by 2027
The European Council recently adopted a regulation requiring manufacturers to include replaceable batteries in all handheld electronic devices, including gaming consoles.
- The new regulation "strengthens sustainability rules for batteries and waste batteries," regulates the entire lifecycle of a battery, and promotes the competitiveness of European industry and ensures new batteries are sustainable and contribute to the green transition.” It will almost certainly only affect new products, which means that products released before the 2027 deadline can continue to be sold as is, with any revisions or new devices required to comply with the new regulation.
- This means that future revisions or successors to gaming systems such as the Steam Deck, ROG Ally, and Nintendo Switch may allow consumers to open up the console and easily replace the battery with common household tools, eliminating the need for players to send the consoles in for repairs or even purchase entirely new units if they are out of warranty. "The batteries of gaming handhelds are covered by the batteries and waste batteries regulation," a source in the EU confirmed to Overkill.
- Battery life has traditionally been an issue with handheld devices, with the original Nintendo Switch only lasting two and a half hours when playing games, and possibly even less depending on the overall health of the battery itself. Steam Deck designer Pierre-Loup Griffais also stated in a Famitsu interview last year that one of the system's major drawbacks is its battery life, implying that it will most likely be one of the areas of improvement for a future revision.
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