The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are, by most accounts, very good systems, but that doesn't mean they're perfect. In attempting to address some of the consoles' shortcomings, accessory manufacturer Nyko listened to fan feedback and designed apparatuses to hide their controller chargers.
Tom's Guide saw Nyko's new accessories, which debuted at E3 2014, firsthand. The company has released two modular console kits, one for the Xbox One and one for the PS4. The kit for Microsoft's console will retail for $24.99, while Sony's will cost $19.99. Both will release during the 2014 holiday season.
The Xbox One kit is the more robust of the two. The device is a small rectangular structure that attaches to the side of the Xbox One and plugs into one of the system's extra USB ports. By using a hidden button (we could not actually find it until a Nyko representative pointed it out to us), users can pop the top of the kit, revealing two slots to charge controller batteries within. This allows users to charge extra controller batteries without cumbersome wires or external charging stations.
The PS4 kit is considerably simpler, and hooks onto the PS4 in a seamless way, like its Xbox One counterpart. Since the PS4 controller uses an internal battery, the modular kit simply contains an extra charging cable (and, more importantly, storage space for it) and a soft brush to keep the system shiny and dust-free.
We found this kit's utility questionable. The convenient storage space is handy, but the included cable is no longer than the one that comes with the PS4 and a soft brush by itself costs much less than $20.
Nyko also showed us its new media remote for the Xbox One, although there's not much to say about it. The peripheral can turn the system on and off as well as control any kind of onboard or streaming media (save for YouTube, which will be compatible eventually). At $14.99, the device is $10 cheaper than Microsoft's own media remote.
Users who value clean and concise entertainment centers could get some use out of the modular kits, but from what we observed, the Xbox One kit offers much more bang for the buck than its PS4 counterpart.
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