The greatest advancement in video game technology isn’t an expanded online presence, digital downloads or streaming your inane comments to the detriment of tens of viewers. It’s wireless controllers. Rewind back to when you were a kid, and you had to deal with the tangled jungle of cords that would devour your hands when you were fishing for PS2 controllers out of a box.
The misery of having to perch yourself close enough to a TV that your retinas would burn because of length issues (heh). Those moments when a controller would sit awkwardly in your hands because the cord tangled like an anaconda snake during a feeding frenzy around your hands. Man, the past was crap.
And then we had the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 generation, which took established technology and pushed it further into the mainstream. The idea of sitting on a couch and not having to worry about the cold, sticky embrace of a cord going rogue on your thighs was something to look forward to. The only real challenge facing such controllers these days however, is power consumption.
The PlayStation 4 Dual Shock controller is a thirsty fella that slurps away your battery power within a handful of hours, while the Xbox One controller uses standard AA batteries. They’re not exactly crippling problems, but they are present and annoying at the worst possible time, as anyone whose battery has suddenly run dry can testify to. But for one controller at least, salvation may be at hand.
That’s according to some technology which borders on sorcery, revealed over at CES 2016 last week. Able to provide up to eight hours of play, the real magic comes from the fact that a controller can be charged up to maximum within 60 seconds for another eight hours of action.
“We’ve developed a technology to charge your controller in a new way, it’s not using a battery pack,” director of product development at PDP Christopher Dingle said to Polygon about the Xbox One controller battery that had been developed.
In the past it has been about either your dry cell battery chemistries or your lithium ion or lithium polymers, but we’ve developed a new type of power pack.
Don’t start clicking around just yet to order one of these batteries: They’ll only be released towards the end of 2016 and will cost you around $99 for a battery and charging base. And presumably a book of necromancy disguised as a user manual, because sorcery dammit.