If like, me, you need more than one controller, for multi-player games or simply to ensure you always have a spare for those times you’re mid-game and your controller runs out of battery, then some kind of charging dock is important.
This is the official charger from Sony and a glorious piece of kit it is, considering it is just a charger! The charger itself is slim, width ways, but tall and lengthy, with each of up to two controllers straddling the sides. The controllers sit the “normal” way up with a connection made in the wide port next to the headphone socket on the controller (yes, I never realised it was for that!). This socket that the controller sits into flexes slightly to allow some push and pull of the controller when put into place.
As you seat it in place the surround of the dock connector is pushed down, revealing a couple of charging pins. Interestingly, there’s room for a couple of additional pins in that socket – I wonder what they’re for? According to the specifications for the controller it’s known as an “extension port”. When Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., was asked on Twitter what this port would be useful for, his reply was..
— Horizon Zero Yoshida (@yosp) October 26, 2013
The dock doesn’t use USB but a supplied mains power cable, complete with inline “brick” transformer. The charger itself is matt black but has a good weight to it, ensuring it doesn’t move about easily. There are some very grippy rubber feet on the underside too. There are no lights on the dock as the light on the back of the controller performs this task – glowing appropriately to indicate charging status.
Packaging was quite good – an appropriately sized printed box containing a tougher, recycled box inside, divided into sections to hold the various components. To protect the dock itself a simple bag was used. A small instructions leaflet is included.
Along with the PS4 controller, this is a return to form for Sony is creating some lovely, well made, products. It’s only a charger but it’s very well made and does the job extremely well. It’s a bit pricey but this is something that you’ll have for the life of your PS4.