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Amazon Basics PlayStation 4 Controller Charging Cable, micro USB to USB type-A connectors, 6-Foot, Blue

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Sony decided to opt for USB Micro-B for its latest PlayStation console the PS4, moving away from the older USB Mini-B connector standard that was used on the PS3. If a manufacturer or brand wants to make a something cheaper to manufacture, they can cut corners and use a smaller diameter cable on a long lead as it is cheaper to do so. The consequences of this decision is that the cable will not function as well, and it may not last as long as a cable from a manufacturer that cares and makes sensible choices about the cable diameter etc.

We feel and understand your pain, if you can relate or you want to try and avoid these issues then keep reading as we explain how a simple charging goes wrong and what makes a good cable. Whilst USB C is starting to take over Micro USB is still commonly found on many devices today including the PS4 which is now just over 4 years old and the latest PS4 Pro iteration which has retained the same controller charging port design. Find the best quality PlayStation 4 controller charging cable that is truly made for the needs of a PS4 gamer. In the industry cables are generally measured in AWG (American wire gauge) with a higher AWG translating to decreasing strands of conductive metal in the cable, and a lower AWG translating to an increased number of metal strands and larger cable diameter.

Sony do not do a longer version of the 1.5m official PS4 charger cable, with the exception of some officially licensed cables (made by a third party and approved by Sony). You can get a longer cable made by a third party no problem, but as simply as a cable is, there are differences in quality which will affect you particularly when using the cable for gaming. The bottom line is that a shorter cable will usually charge faster than a longer one due to the laws of electricity and resistance, but if you go for a decent quality longer cable the charging speed difference should be very minimal. Long thin cable = More resistance (higher AWG number) will perform worse as more resistance and power loss over the length of the cable, the power is lost in the form of heat caused by the resistance in the cable, resulting in less power reaching the controller’s battery. Sensible design decisions can go further to consider who will use the cable and how will it be used, and this part is particularly relevant when it comes to a gaming cable and PS4 gaming. Common sense can tell you that a micro USB cable used with a game controller will generally suffer more wear, tear and abuse than a micro usb phone charger. Reinforcing the cable at weak spots such as the connector that goes into the controller, and using the best quality Micro USB connector available, all help to improve the durability of a cable.

A good all round cable in terms or length, durability and charging performance. Designed specifically for PS4 gaming the cable is probably the most durable PS4 charger on the market right now thanks to some common sense design work. The 3m length is suitable for most situations and will allow you to sit on the sofa, something that you might struggle with if using the original 1.5m cable. The difference in charging performance between the shorter original cable and this longer version is negligible, the average PS4 owner will not notice any real difference in the time it takes to get a full charge, and you can play whilst charging anyway. A controller charging cable quite simply connects the PS4 controller to the PS4 console’s USB ports, which in turn allow you to charge the controller, sync it to the console and also use it as wired controller. Making a good quality cable mostly comes down to common sense design and good material choices, but many manufacturers simply offer a generic cable solution which often does not cut it when it comes to gaming.In the past electronics (and particularly games consoles) used a variety of cable types to connect and charge, often these cables were proprietary to the product brand. Nowadays many devices utilize Micro USB & USB C due to industry standardisation and laws in different parts of the world.

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