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L2/R2 Button grip cover for PCH-1000 Vita

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Aug 31, 2016 in PS Vita

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Like most, I’ve had a Vita since day one, however for the last year or so, it’s just sat there gathering dust. This is not due to lack of content (trust me, I’ve got loads of games to play on it), I’ve always found the rear touch pad a little cumbersome. I guess when Sony designed the Vita, this was deemed as groundbreaking, “a touch screen on the front and rear, amazing! This will sell!”. However in practice, it turned out to be quite distracting, and fiddly most of the time. About a year ago, I started looking for a solution and found a case had been made of the PCH-2000 model (the second generation model), which added L2/R2 buttons, and mapped these to the rear touch pad, giving player that control they’d been longing for. I, being an early adapter on the Vita lucked out, as the case wouldn’t work on my model….that was until very recently. A couple of weeks ago, I was having a quick look on play-asia, as somebody had linked to them on HUKD about some other cheap deal they had. To my delight, I noticed they had released a case for the gen 1 vita! Huzzah!

Product including shipping worked out to be around £42 (thanks to the current exchange rate), but thought, why the hell not. A few days later, it arrive and I finally got to play with it.

First thing to note is this really does had quite a lot of bulk to the Vita, however in a good way. Once clamped in, you feel like your holding a solid controller in your hand. The L2/R2 buttons feel solid, if not a little stiff to start with, however you quickly get used to have they feel.

So, demo time. First thing I fired up was Borderlands 2 on the Vita, as I remembered that you could remap the buttons. Sure enough, after a little tweaking, I’d moved the aim and fire to the L2/R2 buttons give the game a whole new lease of life!. I then tried a little remote play, as let’s be honest, this is all most people use their Vita’s for now. I tried a handful of games, some would let me re-map, some wouldn’t, however any controls that previously used the rear touch pad became a lot more accessible. I then decided to give a PSOne game a go. Now the cool thing about these are, you can hold down the PS button and customise the L1/L2/L3 and R1/R2/R3 buttons. A little bit of tweaking, and I’d replicated the PSOne experience, on my Vita! I did also try a handful of other Vita game, however if they didn’t already use the rear touchpad, or give the option to remap, I didn’t get any use our of the case.

Now just a word of caution before ordering. I got stung with an additional £20 bill for import tax. Well, I say that, £8 import tax, and £12 admin fee! (thanks FedEx), taking the price closer to £60. However, the only thing stopping you giving your Vita some love, is the lack of L2/R2 buttons, £60 might not be that much to kick some life back into the Vita.

L2/R2 Button grip cover for PCH-1000 Vita

 
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Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Dec 25, 2014 in PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Tech

Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0

I seem to have an addiction to buying headphone, at last count I had over ten pairs that I used for different devices. I know I could simply use a single pair for everything, however some are tailored different, some for music, some for games, some for movies some for the gym, and some are portable…..I know, I have issues.

Ever since Sony announced these headphones, I’ve been tempted by them as they offered virtual surround 7.1 surround sound over bluetooth. This year, I must have been a good boy as Santa got me a pair for Christmas.

Although the headphone looks quite bulky, they are amazing comfortable and lightweight. Once they’re on, you can hardly tell you’re wearing them.

The controls (once you work out where they all are) are simple to use and quite intuitive and they also have a built in mic (which is apparently crystal clear).

These headphones work with the PS4, PS3 (via a dongle) and the Playstation Vita (via a cable). I’m a little unsure why they were unable to simply use bluetooth technology built into each of the consoles…..but I’m sure they have their reasons.

The sound quality is good, very good infact, they rival my Turtle Beach headphones, and pressing the VSS button on the headphones gives you a lot more depth to the audio. I was able to test this by playing God of War Ascension, and hear a noticeable difference switching from Stereo to 7.1 in both the standard and VSS modes.

A nice little additional feature that can be downloaded is the companion app. This will allow you to upload a custom preset to ‘slot 2’ on the headphones. This is simply a preset with treble/mid/bass set, but can help you listen to games/movies/music the way you want to listen. There are a number of pre made presets, and a handful for existing games eg Destiny, inFamous: Second Son, which do seem to sound a little better, but that might just me in my head. I guess my only criticism is the bass isn’t quite as deep as I’d like, even with the ‘Bass Boost’ preset, it was good, but not perfect, however still very clear.

I guess if there are any downsides with these, it’s the range. My PS3 and PS4 are both at floor level, and I tend to sit approximately three metres away with a table in the way. I’ve found that I have to sit up so I’m in direct line of sight of the dongle, otherwise they tend to cut out.

Apart from that, a great addition to my ever growing headphone collection

Unboxing pics below.

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Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
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Tritton Universal Kunai Wireless Headset

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Feb 21, 2014 in Apple, Microsoft, Nintendo, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Tech, XBOX 360, Xbox One

Tritton Kunai Stereo Wireless Gaming Headset

 

With all the hype about the Sony wireless headphones for the PS4, and Microsoft’s headphones for the Xbox One, I decided to see if I could find something a little more universal.

I had originally pre ordered the Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 which provides 7.1 virtual surround sound, and also the Official Xbox One Stereo Headset, however, after a little research and cancelled them both. The cancelation was nothing to do with the products themselves, I just realised once the ‘new shiny’ hype had died down , I only occasionally needed to use headphone. This is normally when I’m getting in my gaming fix at unsociable times and attempting to stay in the good books with C and the neighbours.

So why the Tritton Universal Kunai Wireless Headset? Simple, they ticked all the boxes. I can have the audio input connected to my amp via the headphone jack meaning I don’t have to keep switching cables between devices. As they draw their power from the USB, I simply bought a cheap three pin USB mains power adapter and plugged them into that. They’re wireless so no trailing cables. With the Official Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter coming out in a couple of weeks, this would make them compatible with all my games consoles.

So, how are they? They’re very good at what they’re designed for, which is gaming. I have tried these with music and a couple of movies, but felt the audio was a little too wide for them, and just didn’t sound right to me.

Onto the headphones themselves, they’re comfy, have a sleek drop down mic that extents to be closer to your mouth (didn’t realise it extended until I accidentally pulled on it). I did read a number of reviews before buying and a lot of people where complaining about a background hum on when you have the volume low. They’re correct, there is a hum, however the simple fix is to turn up the volume a little.

As for the microphone quality, I’ve only tested this so for with the Xbox 360, and it worked just as well as the one that comes with the 360.

I do have a few minor gripes, the headphones are battery powered and not rechargeable, however this was simply fixed by inserting two AA rechargeable batteries. The other, the volume control, it’s one of those switches that incrementally turns the volume up and down instead of having a wheel. Again, this isn’t too bad, but there’s no notification that you’re at the highest volume, I would have much preferred a simple wheel. Finally, I would have preferred an independent bass control, I find when there’s a lot of bass, like really deep bass, the headphones tend to distort a little. This has only happened a few times, and maybe I’ve got them set to loud.

All in all, a cracking set of headphones, they come with every lead you could ever need, and for the price they do the job well, unboxing photos below.

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