Engadget has noted the appearance of a new PlayStation 3 accessory in Japan: a USB charger that can juice up two PS3 controllers at once. While we wouldn't be surprised to see this thing appear Stateside as well, the problem is: there's really no reason it should need to exist. And if the PS3 were better designed, it wouldn't have to. In fact, the existence of this sort of accessory just serves as a reminder of some of the PS3's biggest annoyances--all the more evident because the superb gaming console/Blu-ray player/media hub is otherwise close to perfection.
Annoyance No. 1: PS3 controller batteries aren't removable. The PS3 controller's rechargeable battery is locked inside. When it eventually dies a few years down the road, you'll need to invest in a whole new controller. Compare that with the competition: both the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 controllers have removable batteries. The Wii uses standard AAs, so you can buy a charger and a set of batteries from the likes of
Annoyance No. 2: Controllers can't charge from all USB sources. I'm a big fan of
Annoyance No. 3: PS3 can't charge controllers when in standby mode. OK, so you pretty much have to use the PS3 itself to charge your PS3 controllers. Fine--you'll just leave them to juice up overnight, right? Wrong. Controllers can only charge while the PS3 is powered up. Turn it off (standby mode), and the USB ports go dead. By contrast, some recent
The PS3's touchy USB ports are doubly problematic, apparently, for anybody who's been trying to create compatibility with the PS3 for a standard IR remote. Adding a USB
Sony could've addressed the first two issues when they transitioned from the original Sixaxis PS3 controller to the newer
Is any of this enough to make me regret buying a PS3? No, the myriad benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks. But it still aggravates me every time I have to reach from my PS3 controller--instead of my universal remote--whenever I want to watch a movie. After all, there's nothing wrong with wanting the PS3 to be perfect.
Do these little details interfere with your enjoyment of the PlayStation 3? Or are we just way too demanding?