This essential PS5 accessory is no longer ridiculously expensive

Getting this PS5 accessory used to mean paying through the nose. Not any more

Dualsense charger
(Image credit: Sony)

When there were severe shortages of PS5 consoles, the console itself wasn't the only hardware where only scalpers seemed to have any stock: the DualSense charger was as rare as hen's teeth too, and people were charging more than £50 for them. Finding mine took months because I don't do scalpers, but even then it felt like I was paying too much. But I do think it's a must-have accessory, and it's finally down to a sensible price that means you don't need to search the scalpers or buy a no-name clone that you fear might go on fire.

Amazon (opens in new tab) is currently selling the PlayStation 5 DualSense Charging Station for £16.99. That's 29% off. Other retailers appear to be cutting the price too, although so far Amazon's the cheapest. 

Why you need this particular DualSense charger

This isn't just about buying the brand name. There's a real difference between the Sony dual charger and many of the other ones on the market, not just in terms of how it looks but in terms of how it works. Many chargers want you to stick a dongle into your controllers that in turn connects to the charger; in my experience they're incredibly flimsy and the life expectancy in a home with kids is measured in weeks rather than months or years.

With the Sony there are no dongles; you simply put the controllers into the charger until you feel it gently click into place. And that's it. And unlike many third party controllers they don't wobble and disconnect easily; once the controllers are in, they're in. So if you're looking for a great accessory for yourself or as a gift for a PlayStation owner, I reckon this is ideal.

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote another seven books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com (opens in new tab)).