PDP controller battery promises eight hours play from one minute charge

Ben Parfitt
PDP controller battery promises eight hours play from one minute charge

Wireless controllers are one of the most welcome additions to modern consoles, but they come at a price.

That price being – if you run out of charge mid-game (and you will thanks to the limited battery life) you face a spell sitting a couple of feet from the screen thanks to the short charging cable that came with your machine.

Now Polygon reports that accessories firm PDP reckons it has a technology that can provide eight hours battery life for an Xbox One controller from just 60 seconds worth of charging.

"We've developed a technology to charge your controller in a new way, it's not using a battery pack," director of product development Christopher Dingle told Polygon at CES 2016.

Dingle was coy about the details of the tech, but did say: "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. It's a physical reaction rather than a chemical reaction. It's a new type of power pack chemistry."

For the time being the tech is still at the working prototype stage, although PDP aims for pre-orders to begin before the end of the year. A single battery and charging base will cost around $99.

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