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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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Social Networking for Gamers

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Oct 30, 2009 in PC Gaming, PS3, XBOX 360

I like most of you, use twitter, facebook and occasionally pop on to myspace to see how many bands want to be my friends.

Anyway, on the 4th of October, through total fluke read through a twitter conversation, and noticed a load of twitter entries from @squ1r3ll, with updates on his gaming status….linking to a site called raptr.com.

Being a bit of a gamer I’ve tried for months to get my gamertags, achievement, out to my friends and virtual friends, but the only way I’ve found to do this is manually.

I tried a number of facebook apps, and had varied success, they would either change my status to “Darren is playing…..” after a couple of hours of gaming, or just not bother at all. The achievements would post to my feed, however this was a manual process, I belevie the app is called “Xbox 360 Live GamerCard”.

Anyway, raptr.com, what is it…well let me tell you, it’s fantastic, and what I’ve been looking for, for ages. You sign up (using Facebook connect if you like) and add your gamer profiles, eg Xbox Live, PSN, Steam, Warcraft, etc etc, what it then does is monitors and reports on your gaming activities, eg which game your playing, on which platform, and records how long, and any achievement you may get.

Xbox live is monitored through the feed that Microsoft so kindly provide, and updates almost in real time (can be a 5/10 min delay), PSN tracking is currently broken due to Sony putting a restriction on their data. Everything else is tracked by the client.

The client is a custom messenger type client that can also run your msn, gtalk, aim, yahoo, xfire and icq, however this is the key to tracking the stats on your PC/Mac. On initial install it will scan your hard drive for games, and add them to your collection (both on the client, and on the website), any new games installed it will pick them up and also add to your collection.

When your ready to play a game, just start as normal and this will change your messenger stats to “Darren is playing xxxxxxx”, as it does with your online raptr status too, and logs the time played. When finished, it calculates the time you were playing and adds this to your tally on the website.

With the site you also get the option of a couple of signatures with varied information, all updating in real time, varying from currently playing to, the last/most played with you longest played 6 games.

Raptr Forum Signature

Once you start to build up your friends, it will give you a ranking out of your current friend on a particular game (bases on the number of achievements you have), you can also compare achievements on a game with upto 3 friends at a time.

Finally one very cool feature of Raptr, is that when you get an achievement, it will tell you what percentage of Raptr users who have that game, have gained that achievement, giving you an idea of how hard it was.

The only downside with Raptr, is that it is unable to check your PSN stats, now this is through no fault of their own, it just seems Sony is being a little protective about their data. You can update your playing time, but this is manual, hopefully some day in the future, they will allow this.

From googling the PSN issue, I stumbled on a number of other social networking for gamer sites, GamerDNA, Playfire and Giantbomb.

I haven’t used any of the sites as much as I’ve used Raptr, however they all seem to be kinda tracking my stats.

GamerDNA, does seem to track PSN stats, and pull through the trophies, but there seems to be around a 2 day delay

Playfire, Love the layout, but again doesn’t pull through the PSN stats/trophies, doesn’t track time, and also about a day behind.

GiantBomb, I only signed up for this last night, but it’s already tracking my Steam, Warcraft and XBL, but again, no PSN.

All in all, it’s good to more and more of these sites popping up, I remember the day when gaming was deemed as geeky, however seems every man and his dog is doing it now, and it’s now socially accepted.

Personal recommendation, give Raptr.com a try, it just works 🙂 and if you do, feel free to add me as a friend

My ID’s for the sites are as follows

Raptr

GamerDNA

Playfire

Giantbomb

and no, Raptr isn’t broken, I’ve actually spent that much time playing Borderlands 🙂

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Sony PS3 OS 3.0 Update First Impressions

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Sep 2, 2009 in PS3

Well, if you’ve got a PS3, and turned it on in the last 24 hours you will be greeted by the happy “Dude…there’s a software update, you know what to do…”psn..message.

What do you get I hear you say, well let me tell you.

The first thing I noticed was the new startup screen with the PS3 logo…looks kinda cool, and then was met by the “sparkly” new theme…looks kinda cool.

In the top right hand corner of the desktop you get your icon, number of friends online, date and time (digital and analogue ?)

Each time you start up the PS3, the it defaults to the What’s new icon (which has replaced the Information board), however instead of the feed ticker, you now get 9 rotating images of “What’s new” in the Playstation store.

Being an Xbox live user, I do really like the way your friends list is treated, clear, you know who’s online, and can quickly see which game they were playing last…..so what have Sony done…..well, they’ve but a HUGE border around each one of your friend, which is twice the width of everything else in the column !…not nice ! I wouldn’t mind if it provided you with more information, but it doesn’t it just looks ugly !

For some reason there are now 2 icons for the Playstation Store, one in the games section, and one in the usual Playstation Network “channel”….really? is there any need ? I could understand if there were more than 1% on the PSN Store that wasn’t a game that would be fine, but apart from the sat nav, the Eye Create, and the VidZone everything else in there are games….

1 Addition I did like was the integration of the BBC iPlayer, granted you could goto the website through the browser before and it worked, but now you can do this straight from the XMB. I don’t however like where they’ve positioned it, they’ve given it a channel of it’s own called TV (I’m assuming this is also used for the play TV, but……), I would have personally added it to the Video channel to reduce the size of the bar.

Another addition I do like, is the right thumbstick controller during video playback. If you rotate clockwise or anticlockwise, it will step backwards and forwards with very hight precision.

A “Save Screenshot” option has been added to the web browser, which is pretty cool, but not sure I’d ever use it..

Apart from that, it’s all I’ve noticed, I have read people complaining about the larger fonts…but I’m cool with this, my vision was starting to go anyway 😉

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