Rant – Who got it right & Who got it Wrong: Play & Charge kits

This is a series of Blog posts which will take a look at which companies did something right, and which companies got it wrong. The series will focus mainly on the technology and gaming side of things. I am also going to be try to be as unbiased as possible.

This post is about play & charge kits.

Play & Charge kits

Who did it wrong?



Microsoft chose not to include an important play and charge kit with Xbox controllers. Expecting people to constantly buy batteries which for good quality batteries is expensive.  This is a big issue, the play and charge kit is a life saver, as if my battery cuts out I can just plug the charger in and keep playing. No messing around with batteries.

Why did Microsoft choose not to include it? Can someone answer me please.



Yeah it seems that Wii remotes did not get a play and charge kit either. Meaning once again you have to mess around getting good quality batteries and then fiddle around putting them in the controller.  Why did Nintendo choose to leave this out? Having this feature out-of-the-box could have saved people loads of money and time in the long run.

Who did it right?


Sony so far is the only company which included a play and charge controller as standard on the PS3.  This is one of the many reasons as to why I would recommend a PS3 over the other two consoles, it’s a brilliant money saver in the long run. Now in all fairness a new official PS3 controller will set you back about £50 each, the cost is justified, as with the £50, you won’t need to be constantly buying batteries, thus saving money and time in the long run.

They even included this same feature on the PS move, and it can use the same charge cable as the normal PS3 controllers.


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