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Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 14, 2014 in Microsoft, Tech, Xbox One

Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter

 

Being a fan of being able to plug in a pair of headphones into the bottom of my Dualshock 4 controller on the PS4, buying the Stereo Headset Adapter for the Xbox One controller was a no brainer.

As I tend to need use my Tritton headset for late night gaming, I’ve had to turn down the TV when it started to get late and using the provided Xbox chat mic for my online gaming. This device allows me to plug any head/earphones into the 3.5mm jack on the bottom and direct all sound and chat via them.

The controls are simplistic, if not a little confusing at first. You have the big ol’ mute button in the middle, which mutes your microphone. To the right of this are the volume controls. To the left are two buttons with game/chat. pressing either one of these will shift the volume in favour of one or the other. I have to admit, I spent the first evening, pressing the chat button, then attempting to turn up the chat with the volume buttons….muppet I know.

All in all, did exactly what I wanted, it allowed me to use my existing stereo headset with mic with the Xbox One

Unboxing photos below.

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Xbox One Wireless Controller – Titanfall Limited Edition

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 1, 2014 in Tech, Xbox One

Xbox One Wireless Controller - Titanfall Limited Edition

 

It’s no secret that I love new shiny things, I love gaming and I love limited edition gaming shiny things. Over the last couple of years I’ve picked up the limited edition Halo 360 console, the Gears or War 3 360 console and have shelves of limited edition gaming ‘stuff’ all around my house.

Last month when the limited edition Xbox One controller was announced, I instantly ordered having fallen in love with Titanfall at Eurogamer last year.

As you can see from the below images, it’s simply an Xbox One controller inspired by C-101 Carbine assault rifle, which I have to say is striking to look at, and stands out compared to my standard Xbox One day one controller.

What’s more to say, 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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