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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.

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
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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Elgato Game Capture HD

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Dec 11, 2013 in PS3, PS4, Tech, XBOX 360, Xbox One

Elgato Game Capture HD

 

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve become quite addicted to watching and capturing videos using the features on the PS4 and the Xbox One. There is something strangely voyeuristic about being able to sit and watch somebody play through a game, and I’ve found myself spending many evenings doing so.

Last year, I picked up a AverMedia Game Capture HD C281 for recording my Xbox and PS3 footage and have had mixed results with it. When it works, it’s great, simply record footage to the internal hard drive, then either pop out the drive or copy to a USB stick, move to PC/Mac, edit, then upload. Over the last couple of months I’ve had some issues with the Xbox recognising the cable properly, which has lead to the captures being in 480p only. I’ve run through all the tests I can, new cable, resetting the Xbox, bypassing the device and going straight to the TV, even a different Xbox, but to no avail, so I’ve decided to replace it with a different model.

The Elgato Game Capture HD offers a few benefits over the AverMedia Game Capture HD, notably the HDMI passthrough, instead of having to use the component cables. The device doesn’t have it’s own internal storage, instead it records directly to a PC/Mac, which will eliminate the need to move files between devices. This isn’t really an issue for me, as the Xbox 360 I record from is sat next to my iMac

Some of the additional features allow live streamings to Twitch, UStream and YouTube,  as well as one-click sharing to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many other services. I guess one of the main features for me is the Flashback Recording feature that constantly records your footage, but will only commit to a file if you ask it to, kind of like the ‘Xbox…..Record That’ feature on the Xbox One, but this will potentially record hours.

As you can see from the below images, the device is very small and compact and takes up a lot less room than the AverMedia Game Capture HD. Setup was simple, I connected two HDMI cables, one to the Xbox and one to the TV, the USB cable to my Mac and installed the software.

The software is probably the best feature. In the middle of the screen you have your live feed (with a second or two delay), and on the right you have your controls, allowing you to easily start recording or streaming. Once you have your video recorded, you can use the built in editor to simply trim down the video. Once trimmed, you can either upload as it is or if you want to add your own touch to it, you can simply sent it to iMovie to add the polishing touches.

I’ll be primarily using this with the Xbox 360, however the cables included will allow recording from any HDMI device. The included cables allow connection to the PS3 (as the HDMI is encrypted) and component cables so I could use this with the Wii as well. Looking on the forums, this device will also be compatible with the Xbox One, and once the PS4 has received a firmware update to remove the HDCP protection, this should work flawlessly too.

So far, I’ve been really impressed with this device, very simply to use and plan to flesh out my YouTube channel in the coming months.

Unboxing photos below.

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