Microsoft Play and Charge Kit for Xbox 360
- Simple to use, 30 hours in a single charge, low charge time, USB powered, Power Meter on dashboard, uninterrupted game play
- None to speak of
A brilliant idea and the perfect compliment to the wireless Xbox 360 controller, the Play and Charge kit is a must have for Xbox 360 owners.
Price$ 34.95 (AUD)
One new and supremely useful feature of the Xbox 360 game console is the wireless controllers. However, as with any wireless device, power management is a concern. Running on a set of AA batteries, the controller lasts about 40 hours before you need to replace them. At about $8 for two batteries, this quickly becomes an expensive overhead for the luxury of wireless gaming.
Microsoft foresaw this problem and provided a solution for gamers who want to save a wad of cash. Made available at launch, the Play and Charge peripheral is a great idea and one that comes highly recommended for all 360 owners.
The device is a NiMH rechargeable battery pack which replaces the standard battery housing and can be recharged with a special USB cable. Recharge time varies, depending on how you use the controller during the charge time. Leaving the controller connected without using it will garner a result of about 4 hours for a full charge. The average charge lasts about 30 hours on the Play and Charge pack, which is a lot less than regular batteries but since it is rechargeable this loss of performance is negligible.
The finest feature of this peripheral is the fact that you can use it without interrupting your game. If you lose connection to your console during game play all you need to do is plug the charge cable into the front of the controller to continue playing. While you are playing, the Xbox 360 charges the controller. In addition, a meter is added to the Xbox 360 dashboard to let you know how much power you have left on the battery for those that want to charge before they lose the connection.
The cost of this pack is a little high for some but when you consider the savings of no longer needing disposable batteries, it isn't such a problem. You could buy regular rechargeable batteries instead but to make them effective, you would need to buy at least four to allow for uninterrupted play and they would work out costing about the same in the long run. We highly recommend the Play and Charge pack to anyone using a wireless controller for their Xbox 360; the convenience alone is worth the price tag.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Evapolar USB air conditioner review
- 2 LED Lenser P7R Professional Torch review
- 3 Aftershokz Wireless Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headphones review
- 4 Review: Periscope users rejoice with Feiyu’s G4 Plus 3-Axis Gimbal for Smartphone video
- 5 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost review
Latest News Articles
- This week in games: Blizzard ditches Battle.net, Gears of War 4 adds PC split-screen
- Forza Horizon 3 (PC) review impressions: Get ready to make your graphics card sweat
- How Xbox Project Scorpio and the PS4 Pro can play 4K games: Visual compromises
- Games yanked from Steam after developer sues users for nasty negative reviews
- BioShock Remastered's brand new PC port is just as bad as the old one
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCIT Security ArchitectACT
- FTSenior Project Manager | TelecommunicationVIC
- CCVideo Conference Support Officer- VoIP, LAN, WAN, RemedyNSW
- CCiOS DeveloperNSW
- CCInformatica Developer (MDM)NSW
- CCPMO AnalystNSW
- FTNetwork and Security Design EngineerNSW
- FTCustomer Solutions Engineer | Voice | Data | TelcoNSW
- FTPositive Vetted ICT positions - Defence intelligence and information securityACT
- CCSolution ArchitectQLD
- CCSenior Change ManagerVIC
- CCService Desk analystSA
- FTSenior Front End DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior PHP DeveloperNSW
- CCContract Junior Programmer (J2EE/SQL) 160927/JP/551Asia
- FTIT Pre-Sales EngineerSA
- CCFull Stack Application Developer - IoT projectsVIC
- FTCertification and Accreditation Security ConsultantACT
- CCJava / J2ee ProgrammersACT
- CCBusiness ArchitectNSW
- FTScrum Master | High Profile FintechNSW
- FTBackup ConsultantWA
- CCSenior Business Analyst -Change and SAP ProcurementNSW
- FTTest SpecialistSA
- FTNetApp Storage ConsultantWA