Nobody likes a battery that only lasts an annoyingly short length of time, especially where controllers are concerned. Take the Meta Quest 2 controllers, for example. Stick a new AA battery in them and they seem to last months, pure witchcraft. Unlike the PlayStation VR 2’s controllers, which give you, at best, four hours before having to recharge them. So here’s a hack on how to extend PSVR 2’s controller battery life.
Extend PSVR 2’s Controller Battery Life
Wrist mounted solution
Now, you may be asking quite how you’d extend the battery life of a controller that doesn’t have a removable battery. There are, in fact, a couple of ways you can do this using an external battery solution. And no, it doesn’t mean glueing or taping a battery to your lovely new controller.
The first is a clever trick highlighted by Reddit user Imscomobob recently. It employs an arm flashlight holder which you strap around your wrist. Instead of a flashlight, in its place, you can put a cylindrical battery with a short USB-C cable to the controller. You’ve then got enough slack to ensure free controller movement whilst enjoying longer game times.
Here are a couple of flashlight arm holders XR Source found on Amazon:
- DONGKER Arm Flashlight Holders – $12.99
- Diving Flashlight Glove – $11.29
Or, for an even easier solution, there’s the DeadEyeVR Wrist Mounted Battery Kit – Accessory. It comes supplied with the USB-C cables, all you need is the battery.
Direct Capsule Powerbank
Another solution is the more compact capsule power bank, essentially a battery with a USB-C port. Generally sold as a Meta Quest 2 accessory to extend the headset’s gameplay time, they can also be used to extend PSVR 2’s controller battery life.
As demonstrated by YouTube Eat Sleep VR, these power banks do seem to stay in place fairly well. XR Source hasn’t tested them, so how well they fair against a hardcore session of Beat Saber is yet to be seen.
So for now at least, those are your options unless Sony comes up with its own solution one day.
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