Review: PowerA Charge & Display Station for PlayStation VR

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Product: Charge & Display Station for PlayStation VR
Release Date: October 13, 2016
Manufacturer: PowerA
Original MSRP: $49.99
This product was provided by the manufacturer for review purposes.
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If you made the jump to PlayStation VR you probably learned pretty quickly that having some kind of stand was almost a necessity. Once you get the hardware out of the box and plugged in to the PS4 you’ll have a mess of cables and a VR headset lying around. You really don’t want to leave a $400 piece of hardware lying on the coffee table.

There are a couple of options currently out there for protecting your PS VR and this one is certainly the most compact. It comes in three pieces that quickly and easily snap together along with a power cord. At 13.3 inches tall, 11.2 inches deep, and 4.2 inches wide, it has a small footprint which was important to me personally as I don’t have a whole lot of room in the area where my PS4 sits.

It has places on the front for charging one DualShock 4 and two Move controllers. The DS4 charger is essentially half of our our favorite charger from PowerA. Simply put the controller onto it and push down to click it into place. Directly behind that you’ll find two openings for the Move controllers to drop into.

I was a little concerned at first as I’d been using the other charger from PowerA with its two controller slots since the launch of the PS4. I’ve been a little surprised to find that it hasn’t been an issue since I’m doing very little local co-op. Having one controller out and available while the other charges works well enough in my situation but it may be an issue if you have roommates or you’re doing a lot of local multiplayer.

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The VR headset itself rests on top of the stand by placing the back of the headband into a small area at the back and positioning the front piece on top of a head shaped semicircle. Having used the stand for the past month or so, this is where I’ve started to notice an issue.

Other stands are similarly built but have an additional small shelf for the front view piece to rest upon. Unfortunately here, the plastic offers little friction for the front of the PS VR headband and it often slides down a bit. Not that it’s going to fall off, but it really doesn’t hold in place the way it’s shown in the promotional materials.

The cables themselves simply drop down behind the stand with no option for cable management. For the size of this I didn’t really expect that as an option and none of the others seem to offer it either but I figured I’d make it clear for anyone who might be looking for that.

The power cable plugs in directly under the base and has grooves carved into the two sides and back allowing you to route the cable in whichever direction suits your setup which is a really nice option to have. The plug itself is a medium sized adapter so you may run into issues on a tight power strip.

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Conclusion:
It’s simple, it doesn’t take up a lot of space, and it works, mostly. It’s definitely a bit pricey compared to the other solutions available but it has a much cleaner look to it overall if you’re looking to grade it on style. I’m a little disappointed with the slipping of the headset but that’s more of an aesthetic issue than anything else.

I do like it overall and I’m very happy to have a place to keep the VR headset out of the way while charging my controllers. The lack of both a second DualShock 4 charger and a place for your headset may be a dealbreaker for some but I’ve found I didn’t really need either. It’s really going to depend on whether it fits your needs.

Score:
7.5

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 25 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation – minus the Switch.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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