We all know that notification that comes up when you are in the middle of an epic battle just to see the controller charge icon appear. That means having to go back to a wired controller which defeats the purpose of having a wireless controller to begin with. However, there are some solutions out there that make it an easier and cleaner process to make sure you always have a fully charged battery. That solution is the Nyko Charge Base for the PlayStation 4 system. Its intuitive design eliminates the need for wires and allows you to drop your controller into the cradle and let it charge up for a truly pain-free experience.
One of the best improvements from the PlayStation 2 to the PlayStation 3 was the addition of wireless controllers. Since then, we’ve come to expect a wireless gaming experience because cords always seemed to get in the way. Whether you tripped over them, or you just had to leave them plugged in over long gaming sessions, we all thought that there has to be a better solution. Until Nyko invents a wireless charging system, there won’t be a perfect solution, but this cradle is the best solution so far. If you are familiar with the PlayStation system, when your battery runs low, you have to plug-in your USB cable to charge the battery while you play. However, charging your controller this takes forever if you are still playing. The other part to this equation is the system has to be on to get the power flowing to the controller. This leaves you with a poorly charged controller for the next round of play which just keeps the cycle going.
Luckily, the Nyko Charge Base is a power cradle that has its own power source, so you remove the console from the charging equation. You simply plug the small adapter in the USB slot, which can be left in during play and doesn’t get in the way, and when you are done gaming just drop the controller in the cradle. The next time you are ready to game, your controller is fully charged and ready for hours of gaming. This method ensures that you get the most out of a single charge. Sure, it doesn’t help if you are playing longer than the battery life of the controller, but getting the most out of a single charge helps bridge the gap between short sessions and long sessions. Since the cradle accommodates two controllers, you can always have a spare controller charging which gives you double the battery life.
From a functional standpoint, the charge base does a great job at keeping your peripherals charged and ready for use. The unit has an indicator light on the front which lets you know whether your controller is 100% charged or not. If you need to leave the controller in, you’ll see a white controller-shaped silhouette on the front. If your controller is charged, you won’t see anything. While this system works, it isn’t nearly as elegant and useful as the system used on the Xbox One version of the Charge Base.
At an MSRP of $29.99, this peripheral is a must for any console owner and well worth the investment. Even if it just saves you from one interrupted game of multiplayer or co-op, it is worth it. However, you’ll find that this charge base will make running out of battery a rare occurrence. If you tend to game in smaller increments, you’ll never have to worry about this problem again.
Overall, the Nyko Power Base for PlayStation 4 is a great peripheral that every gamer should own. It is a very simple, yet very important peripheral to own. Running out of battery is a real issue with gamers, but this charge base will at least soften the blow, if not solve it all together depending on your gaming habits. The price is solid at $29.99, so there really isn’t a reason not to get it. The only complaint I have is the indicator system, but that’s only after knowing that the Xbox One version has a better, more detailed system in place. In the end, it gets the job done so you really can’t complain. We highly recommend this product, so if you are having charging issues, get yourself the Nyko Charge Base for PlayStation 4 today.