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New EU law requires replaceable batteries in handheld consoles by 2027

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Council has passed a new law mandating user-replaceable batteries in all portable electronics sold in the European Union
• This will transform the handheld gaming industry, necessitating the batteries in devices to be easily replaceable by users

🔭 The context: Proposed in late 2022, this law intends to minimize the environmental and social impacts of batteries throughout their lifecycle and enforce new regulations on battery recycling from consumer devices
• Although the current handheld consoles on the market won't be affected by these EU regulations, future versions must comply

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: This legislation promotes sustainability and aims to reduce electronic waste

⏭️ What's next: While the law applies only to EU countries initially, its influence will probably extend globally once it takes effect in 2027
• Companies like Nintendo and Valve are expected to introduce replaceable batteries in all devices worldwide

💬 One quote: "Rather than creating different versions of their products for different regions, companies like Nintendo and Valve are expected to implement replaceable batteries across all devices worldwide." (Alan Caldwell, Author)

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