HyperX ChargePlay Duo for DualSenseJuly 2022
TypeController charging station
We got the chance to test HyperX’s updated controller charging station – the enhanced ChargePlay Duo for PlayStation 5.
HyperX’s ChargePlay Duo controller charging station was initially released for PlayStation 4 in late 2018 alongside a charging station for the Switch Joy-Con controllers – the ChargePlay Quad Joy-Con Charging Station. In March of last year, the peripheral manufacturer released its enhanced controller charging station with Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One wireless controller support. More than a year later, the HP-owned company released a refreshed controller charger with support for Sony’s DualSense PlayStation 5 controller.
As the name suggests, the new charger allows up to two PlayStation 5 DualSense controllers to be charged simultaneously. It should be noted that this charging station doesn’t charge PS4 controllers as it's only intended for use with the DualSense controllers.
Design-wise, HyperX’s charging cradle comes in white with black accents – matching the dual-tone design of Sony’s console. On one side of the station, there’s HyperX’s branding. Some rubber pads have been placed on the bottom of the cradle for proper placement.
The charging base feels sturdy with just the right weight to keep it steady on a surface. Placing DualSense controllers is fairly straightforward. Although somewhat bulkier and visually less appealing than Sony’s own DualSense charging cradle, HyperX’s offering connects through a USB-C to USB-A cable without needing an AC adapter. Personally, this makes the ChargePlay Duo more versatile regarding placement.
Charging a fully flat DualSense battery is on par with Sony’s own cradle or USB-C cable, and it takes roughly three hours to fully charge a controller. Like most of HyperX’s offerings, the new ChargePlay Duo for DualSense is a non-nonsense product, and it fulfills its job perfectly. Design-wise, Sony’s own charger has the edge, but HyperX’s offering can be considered more versatile.
Like Sony’s official charging station, the HyperX ChargePlay Duo for DualSense sells for $29.99, although it often can be found for less than that.
* sample provided by the manufacturer
The HyperX ChargePlay Duo for DualSense controllers is a viable alternative to Sony's official PS5 DualSense charging cradle, and although visually less appealing, it can be considered more flexible.
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