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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
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Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
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Sony PlayStation TV

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Nov 14, 2014 in PS4, Tech

Sony PlayStation TV

Ever since the announcement of this little device last year, I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on one. For those of you thinking ‘what the hell is it’, I’ll tell you. Basically, this is a screenless, controllerless Playstation Vita. It’s a device that you plug into your TV via HDMI and when paired with either a Dualshock 3 or Dualshock 4 controller, will allow you to not only play your favourite Vita games on the big screen, but will also allow you to steam the contents of your Playstation 4 via the remote play function.

The device itself is pretty small, about the same size as the Apple TV, and with it’s matt black design, it’s easy to hide under the TV. Attached are a power cable, a HDMI cable and I’m personally using a wired LAN connection instead of utilising the built in wifi. On the back there are two slots, one for a Playstation Vita memory card, and another for the game cartridge. Although you can expand the storage, it comes with 1GB of internal storage.

With this essentially being a Vita, you can not only play your games from the cartridge, but also all your digital titles from the Playstation network. In the same vein, you can also use the cross save, auto save backup, auto download, auto update features you’ve come to expect on the Vita.

The UI is pretty much the same as what you’re used to on the Vita and I found navigation and the user experience very familiar.

In the box, you get the device itself, a power cable, HDMI cable, manual and codes for 3 digital downloadable games. These are Worms™ Revolution Extreme, Velocity®Ultra and OlliOlli. Unfortunately I already own OlliOlli and as you get a single code for all 3 games, I’m unable to give that away.

So, to main question, how do the game look?….well, pretty good. This device will display your Vita games in 720p, and in stereo (there is no surround sound). This is the same for streaming content from the Playstation 4. Although I’d prefer this to be in 1080p and 7.1, I’m happy enough with what this device allows me to do, and I’m happy to accept the compromise. I have to mention, I am currently testing this on a 23″ TV/Monitor, so not sure how it would look on a 40″+ TV, but I’ll look at giving that a go in the coming days.

As you are able to pair either the Dualshock 3 or 4, I decided to go with the 4, and glad I did. When playing my Playstation 4 via remote play, all the controls work as expected, even the touchpad, which I personally think is a great design.

For me, one of the major benefit of this device is being able to play some of my Vita games with a proper controller, don’t get me wrong, I love the Vita, however there are some games that I really struggle with the tiny thumb sticks, (e.g. Killzone Mercenaries) and never got around to completing them. With the Dualshock 4 attached, I’m hoping to blast through a lot of these games. From my understanding, most games will work straight of the box, however I know that the likes of Borderlands 2 and Killzone Mercenaries have both been updated to include support. I can only assume they have changed the control scheme as both used some form of touch screen. For a list of compatible games, you can find that here

The Playstation 4 streaming works really well, yes it still has a little bit of lag, however feels a lot less than the Vita, this maybe down to the fact I’m using a wired network connection instead of wireless. Although extremely usable, I’m not sure you could play a twitchy shooter without getting your arse handed to you.

All in all, it’s a cracking little device, granted with the price of an additional Dualshock 4 controller and a 64GB memory card, it makes it quite expensive, however the ability to play my Vita games on the big screen makes it worth every penny.

Unboxing pics below.

 

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Sony Playstation TV
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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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