Extra PS4 DualShock 4 controllers don’t come with their own USB charging cables

Extra PS4 DualShock 4 controllers don't come with their own USB charging cables


Now, we know this isn't the end of the world, but a quick look at the back of a (Canadian, admittedly) DualShock 4 box confirms that the accessory does not come with its own USB charging cable.

The packaging of the DualShock 4 (pictured above, and sorry about the quality... it had to get from Canada to Australia in my carry-on) states, "A USB cable is not included. To connect or charge the controller, use the USB cable supplied with the PS4 system."

So, out of the box, gamers with more than one DualShock 4 will only have the capability to charge one controller at a time... unless they happen to have extra USB Micro-B cables at home. If not, extra USB cables aren't too expensive to obtain, but after spending $100 AUD on the extra controller, it is an additional cost gamers mightn't have been aware of.

Extra DualShock 3 controllers for the PS3 also shipped without an additional power cable.

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  • Anonymous
    • Steve Wright

      True, so why not just include it with the $100 AUD controller? :)

      • John Fletcher

        because some people don’t need the cable moron. That’s why they don’t include it in extra controllers. SOME people like me get a spare controller and a charging stand and just swap controllers when one gets low. D’oh

        • chrisj979

          Then why include the HDMI cable? I didn’t NEED theirs.

          • John Fletcher

            Cause that is required??? How does Sony know you have a spare HDMI laying around? lmao ….and I have to admit the cord that comes with the PS4 is beefy and feels heavy duty….. unlike the one that came with PS3′s.

          • chrisj979

            How do they know you have a spare USB laying around???? The USB is “REQUIRED” to charge the controller, same argument, DUHHH……
            As I have said before to everyone mentioning how cheap a USB cable is, that is true and that’s why I expect it to be included with my $50 purchase. If it makes any of you feel better I wouldn’t mind if Sony would just charge $50.65 and include the damn cable, I’d hate to interfere with that .65 profit ;-)

          • John Fletcher

            omg lmao….. no they obviously don’t know for certain dimwit……
            but it’s 2014 most people do have spare cables by now. And If you bothered f’ing reading, if people really need a cable with their controller, most need one that’s longer then 3 f’ing feet (or even 6 with the PS4) AND WILL GO BUY A TEN FOOT ONE ANYWAY SO THERE’S NO POINT PUTTING ONE WITH THE F’ING CONTROLLERS THEMSELVES! (edit: oops, that was a whole nother convo with Brian Fitzdingaling)

            And MOST people eventually get a charging stand to swap controllers. They’re not out to please the minority who make things harder on themselves.
            Here’s another reason and I know damn well I read this somewhere. Sony is Japanese….. they are very environmentally conscious. Having “spare” 3 (PS3) or even 6 foot cables (PS4) produced for shipment with the solo controllers is a waste of time, money, and will end up with at least half of the cables rotting away in a garbage dump when people buy a longer one off amazon or w/e anyway.

            DHHHH (lol wtf was that, you 10?)

          • guest

            I’ve been reading these post. John don’t worry about these guys they’re idiots lol. They just don’t get it. And yes, the Japanese are like that, even .65 cents a cord would be considered wasteful when it’s not needed by the majority. Most Americans don’t seem to care about all the crap they throw out in the garbage.

        • Brian Fitzpatrick

          u are a a-hole

          • John Fletcher

            what’s your point?

    • Big-Bruizzer

      It’s a shame the shipping is more than the cord. Not worth it. Put it in the package. I don’t buy a new car and then have to buy the keys separate to drive it home. So why should I have to buy a cord. This upset me with the ps3. I have iPhones so I don’t have these micro USB cables laying around.

      • Daniel Dorestant

        The car and key analogy you used is incorrect

        The ps4 includes the cord, so once you get home your ds4 will be able to function without a cord included in the ds4 packaging

        A car cannot function at all without keys

        If anything the PS4 is the car

        One controller and one cord is the “key”

        Sony provided that

        • chrisj979

          It’s like buying a Camry but only having one door.
          Sure it seats 4 but you all have to get in and out through the one door.
          Want more doors, well you can get them put on cheap (so why include them), hell I have some doors left over from my other car that I can use.

        • Brian Fitzpatrick

          dude,,if you spend 65 on a dam controller then they need to provide the dam charging cable

          • John Fletcher

            no, they don’t. Most people don’t need the cords and it would be a waste of time and money (yes a small amount but still) for Sony to put a charging cord in the box with every solo controller…… Most people get charging stands, and after using that Power-A stand is perfect. Stop being cheap and go get a stand, or get a fracking cord….. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_17?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=10%20foot%20micro%20usb%20charging%20cable&sprefix=10+foot+micro+usb%2Caps%2C333
            I recommend you get the first one in those search results, by Mediabridge. They make VERY good cables, I wouldn’t get another brand anymore unless MB didn’t make it. I got a 25 foot HDMI cable recently for like $20, and it equals the $80 Monster Cable b.s. Best Buy and the like try to sell.

    • Brian Fitzpatrick

      sorry that is so not true…try 15 bucks…

  • cubs223425

    Beats the $25 Play & Charge needed for the One.

    • Steve Wright

      A (similarly not included) micro USB cable will charge them, too. :)

      • cubs223425

        You have to get a battery first, and I’ve yet to see the batteries sold outside of the Play & Charge bundle.

        • Steve Wright

          Fair enough. :) Looking into the Xbox One side with MS now.

          • cubs223425

            Yeah, I tried to quickly search for a standalone rechargeable battery for the new Xbox, and I can’t find it. That they upped the controllers to $60 (from $50) and the Play & Charge from to $25 (from $20) is robbery enough, but it looks like they now aren’t carrying JUST the battery, so every $60 controller becomes an $85 because you HAVE to buy the charger with the battery, which I guess means everyone MIGHT AS WELL buy the $75 controller+battery+charger combos they sell.

            As much as I love my 360, it really is an embarrassment how Microsoft is choosing to nickel-and-dime people anymore. I’ll avoid ranting about it and just leave my comment as it stands, though.

          • Beau Nidle

            At least with Xbox controllers you can just swap out the battery and replace it for AU$30 and not have to buy a new AU$100 controller when the DualShock battery dies (or need technical knowhow to open the controller to replace it).
            AU$100 for an Xbox One controller with Play & Charge (cable included and swappable battery) or AU$100 PS4 controller with no cable.

          • cubs223425

            In my personal experience, I wear out a controller before I wear out a battery. I’ve only worn out one (the old blue one) controller really (rubber on the left stick peeled off some and it ghosted badly), but the battery was still working when I last used the controller (still have both, though the battery is basically useless now).

            I’ve also got one of the silver ones with the new D-Pad, and it’s starting to wear (bit of ghosting, Y button sticks a little, one of the triggers creaks), but the battery I got with it is still lasting a couple of days.

            Yes, you have a valid point, though. I’d rather spend $25 to replace a battery than $60. I’d also rather spend $60 on a controller than $75 as well, which I could do if the console had a cable and all batteries were built-in. Heck, even if the console did NOT come with the charging cable, most smartphones and many tablets come with it, among other electronics.

          • Bob Johnson Smithman

            DualShock batteries for my PS3 controllers never died and I had a shit load of controllers and used all of them alot, so did other people, so no worries there. But I think the lacking of the cable is rather annoying – guess I’ll be buying super long cables from third parties like I did before.

          • John Fletcher

            hey guess what genius? You can go on Amazon and buy replacement batteries for the DS3 for like 5 bucks and swap it out yourself instead of buying another controller. LOL And I’m pretty sure those batteries will be the same in the DS4.
            Microsoft sucks arse, I dont’ know how so many people are so damn blind still.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            I’m not too sure I would consider that as I just don’t like opening up controllers.. I used to open up my 360 pads all the time and swap out a new shell.

            As someone else said, they had their DS3 since 2006 with no signs of the battery capacity going down. Since I got my PS3 back in May I doubt I’ll ever have to do this unless of course in 20 years from now when I revisit the PS3 and there are no longer DS3′s available to purchase.

            I also don’t really wear down my controllers too much but with just normal wear and tear I’d probably just go ahead and buy a new controller anyhow to have tighter analog sticks and the thing just being new.

            Now MS on the other hand, have just lost their minds with this in the 8th generation by still requiring an external battery pack and AA support? I just think that’s hillarious!

          • Guest

            if the rechargeable battery in the DS3 or DS4 ever actually completely dies (which I doubt they will) you can replace it dumbass, try searching on amazon or ebay or even just the internet for PS3 and 4 controller batteries……

          • Beau Nidle

            Thanks for adding nothing to the conversation that hasn’t already be said 6 months ago.

      • Not A PC Gamer

        I recently bought a 15 foot Micro USB from Amazon for 5 bucks. I’ve had nothing but problems keeping the controller from cutting out and getting the error message, “Wireless Controller not detected.” I even went back to Gamestop and returned my DS4 for another one and I’m still having the same problem. Obviously the problem is with my cable. It’s as if something was wrong with the connector.

        • John Fletcher

          learn more about usb cables. The longer they are the less power gets to the device. then again 15′ for $5? sounds like a crappy one to start with.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            There is nothing to learn.. and I returned that cable 2 months ago and bought a 10 foot cable again from Amazon and it works like a charm and never disconnects.
            You do share my feelings about cheap cables though. You know they want around 30 for the same length cable at retail right? Anyhow I bought a Media bridge and after researching it, it’s much better than anything Frys or Best Buy had for $25 dollars less.

          • John Fletcher

            who were those cables MADE by though? And you kinda proved my point….. a 15′ cable didnt’ work but a 10′ did. It’s like one of my WD Passport harddrives, it wont’ connect to any pc if I try to use a cord longer then the one that came with it (which is like 6 inches long), otherwise enough power doesnt’ GET to the drive (the drive just keeps clicking but wont’ power up all the way).

            And ya Mediabridge is great, I’ve bought alot of different cables from them that never fail. XD

          • Not A PC Gamer

            I was aware of the length of the cable (the same exact principle applies to HDMI as well if you are going more than 3 to 6 meters with a cheap cable) but it was a friend of mine who recommended the faulty cable I bought in the first place. It was actually 2 days before I got the default first cable that he told me to return it as soon as I got it because he had the same problems with the 15 foot.

            In the end I did plug it in and it disconnected all the time so I returned it for a 10 foot.

            Glad to hear you think MediaBridge is great because the reviews I looked at at amazon where nearly all good.

            It just makes me kinda mad that the even the cable that comes with the PS4 for the DS4 is only 6 feet long. I remember Sony used to sell a really nice 15 foot one for the DS3. Maybe they’ll do the same for the dual shock 4 I hope!

            Anyhow, take care and happy gaming!

          • John Fletcher

            wait, the charge cable for the controller that comes with the PS4 is SIX feet long? Nice… I guess Sony did listen. that’ll reach my recliner easy unlike the 3 foot that came with the DS3 lol… I’m using THAT cable to charge my Pulse Elite headphones on their stand and I have a ten footer to charge it while playing. Dont’ need to charge a controller cause I have two, on a charging stand…. jsut swap to the other when one’s low.

            Btw if you needed like 10 feet… (or 9.5), you could’ve just gotten this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TH7GV4/ref=oh_details_o09_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

          • Not A PC Gamer

            Nice? How on earthy is 6 feet enough for you unless you are literally gaming at a desk bud? I mean don’t get me wrong I game between 7 and 10 feet from the actual screen but a 10 foot minimum is a must for me.

            Yeah, that charging station is the way to go and much better than being tethered to the console with USB. Although I ditched the Xbox360 brand way back in May (for good reason lol) I had a quick charge cradle station and just like you, I would always have a fresh batter pack (or in PS3′s case a charged controller) ready to go on the charger as soon as the one I was using was depleted.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            Nice? How on earth is 6 feet enough for you unless you are literally gaming at a desk bud? I mean don’t get me wrong I game between 7 and 10 feet from the actual screen but a 10 foot minimum is a must for me.

            Yeah, that charging station is the way to go and much better than being tethered to the console with USB. Although I ditched the Xbox360 brand way back in May (for good reason lol) I had a quick charge cradle station and just like you, I would always have a fresh battery pack (or in PS3′s case a charged controller) ready to go on the charger as soon as the one I was using was depleted.

            I saw that cable over at amazon but didn’t care for the amazon logos on the connectors so I avoided it just like I avoided a white Micro USB.

  • Daniel Dorestant

    Wow… spoiled much? I know this will take great sacrifice from you but… You might have to pay 65 cents to get your own

    • Steve Wright

      I understand the cables are cheap. Don’t forget that Aussies are paying $100 AUD compared to $60 in America.

  • realmadpuppy

    so…the DS4 is being packaged the same way the DS3 was packaged? this is not a revelation. If you need a usb cable to charge the DS4 there is always monoprice.com to get them for pennies on the dollar.

    • Steve Wright

      So PS4 news is old because it’s the same way on PS3? That’s an assumption, not news.

      Second, I understand the cables are cheap. Don’t forget that Aussies are paying $100 AUD compared to $60 in America.

      • realmadpuppy

        Is it news when the Sun rises at it’s appointed time six days from now?
        usually, news is when something changes from the norm….just sayin’ :P

        • Steve Wright

          A sunrise is basic knowledge, and the fact that some gamers didn’t know they’d need an extra USB cable means this is news.

  • X1ultimateGamer

    Cry me a river boohoo wah wah lmfao

  • Slay

    Sony likes that cash

    • Counterproductive

      At least it has a battery included to charge, unlike the play & charge kit Microsoft would like you to buy for an extra $25. I don’t know how many of those things died on me with the 360, but my original SIXAXIS battery is still going strong.

  • cubs223425

    So the question I have now is: How does the charging work on these things? Does it use the USB 3.0 charge rate, or are the cables 2.0? Does it become a wired controller while charging, or is the data stilled moved wirelessly while charging? Also, will you be able to sit on the couch with these plugged into your smartphone/tablet’s microUSB charger and get power that way, in the event you don’t sit close enough for the cable to reach you from the console?

    • Counterproductive

      It worked that way with the PS3. When my controllers are low, I plug into the laptop on my coffee table to charge while I play. PS4 works the same way.

    • John Fletcher

      What kind of phone do you have that has a friggin USB port on it like a laptop (the wide rectangular end, not a micro or mini port that’s just for charging the phone)???
      But anyway it’s USB 2.0 (I think, I’m pretty sure all USB 3.0 have that blue plug, and this cable that came with the console doesn’t). That would make it easier to plug it into any USB port. As far as charging it on a tablet as opposed to a more powerful actual laptop….. idk, try it.
      I also recently figured out you CAN charge it on a USB wall plug, but it HAS to be a 1 Amp plug. It won’t charge off a .5 Amp plug OR a 2.1 Amp plug. And yes you can play while it’s wired and charging.

  • Yo Mama

    Why the fuck are websites trying to make a big deal out of this? NEWS FLASH!! The DualShock 3′s didn’t come with one either! I swear sites are grasping at straws the closer to launch we get.

    • Brian Fitzpatrick

      just because p3 controllers did not include the charger does not make it right or set a president to fuk some one over a cable that needs to be included

      • John Fletcher

        no…. it does NOT need to be included. Most people dont’ need the spare cord and sony would waste money putting one with every controller. That simple. You need one? Stop biotching about it and go buy one.
        And I think the word you were looking for was precedent.

        • Brian Fitzpatrick

          yes it does need to be included most people need it,,,

          • John Fletcher

            No…. most people don’t need it, cause most people either go buy a 2nd controller and a charging stand to swap controllers out, or they go on amazon and buy a fracking longer cord! Stop whining please, I’m tired of emails for this stupid waste of internet space (this article)…

          • Brian Fitzpatrick

            the ps4 came with a cord, I dont want to buy a dam charging stand, I want the controller to come with a charging cable nice and simple the controllers are expensive they can throw in the dam cable……what do u work for sony

          • John Fletcher

            jesus….. get a f’ing clue. No I don’t work for Sony, but using common f’ing sense…. I assume they think most of their customers aren’t cheap arse morons like you, and figure if you need a 2nd cord (which many people REALLY don’t no matter what you believe….)….. and can’t order one off amazon…. that you’re capable of going to walmart or Compusa/TigerDirect and buying one for five fracking bucks….. go away tard.

          • Brian Fitzpatrick

            the controller that has a total cost of $ 6.00 to make in china and they get 70.00 dollars they can throw in the cord have you lost your frea king mind…

          • John Fletcher

            god you’re a dense moron…. MOST PEOPLE DON”T NEED ONE…. are you so stupid you can’t figure that out? yes they can throw it in at little cost but it’s a waste of f’ing resources (and it still costs)
            And if you think it costs them $6 to make a DS4 you really are deluded. It’s not made out of legos…….

          • Brian Fitzpatrick

            do you now anything about bringing a product to retail…I bet in china its about 6 bucks to mass produce these. people need this cord to charge the controller not to play and charge them,,

          • John Fletcher

            wow…. so you think a gamepad with a virtual touch screen/pad only costs $6 to make? And you think no one charges WHILE they play? Lol I give up, you’re hopeless.

          • guest

            geez this convo went overboard. Just stop responding to these people, they just don’t get it John. Putting this article up was pretty dumb in the first place……

          • Brian Fitzpatrick

            a 3ft cord is fine by me i only use it to charge my controller and dont need to use it while i play as i have multiple controlers

          • John Fletcher

            see there’s your problem. Most people…. 3 feet is too f’ing short to do anything with. Unless you’re leaving your laptop on 24/7 and using THAT to charge your controllers instead of spending 20 bucks on a friggin charging stand…. Most people dont’ even use the damn cord that comes with the console and go buy at least a 10 foot cord (if they use a cord at all in the first f’ing place). Haven’t I said this already? >.<

  • Plapons

    Massive FAIL !!!

    cancel your pre-order for the ps FAIL.

    • Bob Johnson Smithman

      [sarcastica font] Yes, good idea, cancel your pre order for the PS4 because SOME controllers do not come with a charging cable already supplied with the PS4 that can otherwise be bought from 3rd parties. You must have a regular sized or large brain and must also not be an xbone fanboy. Well done, sir!

  • HamishL

    The consoles may be the cheapest new release for a while, but they’ll still get their money somehow.

  • Chris Ciancimino

    At least with the DS3, the A-mini B was a common cable. I had ten in the desk ever before purchasing a PS3. An A-micro B cable is nowhere near as common as the A-mini B was at PS3 launch. I purchased a DS4 to use on PC & PS3 until January, but now have to drive around to find an A-micro B cable. On top of wasting gas, I have to pay the 10000% retail markup on cables (and the tax on that) for something Sony could have purchased in bulk for $0.05 and thrown it in the package.

    • Marc MacDonald

      Uncommon? I have something like ten of the damn things kicking around from various electronics. None longer than 3′ mind you, but they’re still the go to cable for many manufacturers.. Have been for a few years now. I’m going to assume you gave an iPhone? It would explain your lack of being exposed to them somewhat.

  • chrisj979

    Funny how everyone is like so what I have plenty laying around, yeah I do to but when I buy a $50 controller I would think they would include the .50 charging cable. Yes ONE comes witht the console but that’s because the console comes with (are you ready for this) A CONTROLLER. So you are expecteed to use multiple controllers with one charger, lol when two people are playing at once (some of you need friends) make sure you sit close to the TV. Since the expectation is that you SHOULD have one lying around then why include the power cable or the HDMI cable, I have plenty of them lying around also and if I didn’t they are not that expensive as the charging cable is not. Everyone says how inexpensive the cable is and you are right that’s why I EXPECT it to come with the controller (yes I know it did not come with the DS3 also) that pissed me off too. Once again it’s not the availability of the cable, it’s the fact that the $50 controller does nto include the .75 cable.
    I buy a monitor it comes with VGA, DVI, and a Display Port cable, I buy a blu-ray player hdmi cable included, buy a TV hdmi cable included, I order internet service ATT, Comcast, Verizon all give you network cables, Wii accessories come with charging cables, the list goes on. But since the majority shrugs it off so will Sony, at the end it’s just good customer service to say hey we included the .50 cable, just like we included the usless .20 earpiece and .70 HDMI cable….