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PlayStation 3 Controllers Compared – Dual Shock 3 vs MLG vs Gioteck SC1

With a lot of people getting the bargain priced and game rich PS3 recently, myself included, I thought I’d look at what is the best controller for you if you have come from an XBox 360 or just wanted a change from the PlayStation 3 Dual Shock?  While you will eventually get used to a controller no matter what, its nice to feel comfortable and precise, especially in sports and FPS games.

With this in mind I have three different controllers on test, which are very different in styles while (at present) coming in at around the same price.  We have the official Sony PlayStation Dual Shock 3 but with ORB Analogue Thumb Grips (£1.25 Amazon UK) to make the sticks inverted rather than domed. Next we have the Mad Catz MLG Controller (Major League Gaming), which is wired and is fully customisable beyond belief, and finally the Gioteck SC1 Wireless Sports Controller, which has multiple sensitivity settings and a XBox 360 layout.

 

Sony Dual Shock 3 with ORB Analogue Thumb Grips (Inverted)

For £1.25 deliver this is one of the most incredible changes you can make to the feel of a controller. Why Sony decided to stick with convex sticks for its Dual Shock 3 controller we will never know. ORB Thumbgrips on Dual Shock 3Bit of sweat after a decent session and your fingers slide right off. Most people would agree that this is a design area to be improved. Since the Dual Shock 4 has inverted sticks, apparently Sony now agree.  So besides do these ORG Analogue Thumb Grips do their job?

In the pack you get two inverted, but also two convex grips with additional bumps (ideal if you like convex and the grip has worn off). They attach very easily, you just stretch the rubber over the existing sticks. I have only found them to come off once, and that was because they hadn’t sat down 100%. What is surprising is how different it makes the sticks feel. They feel taller, which makes it feel more sensitive and precise on Gran Turismo 6 and Far Cry 3, even if that is just in your head. Other than that, nothing else changes obviously. I would go as far to say they are an essential purchase for any DS3 owner. They are designed to be non slip inverted analog sticks and they do that job near perfectly.

Value: 5/5

Performance: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

As previously mentioned, this is an essential purchase if just the sticks annoy you on the DS3. Costing just over £1 they are a bargain. End of article? Not quite, the following two controllers offer entirely new experiences and something that XBox 360 Controller fans in particular will love…

 

Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller

Mad Catz MLG Pro ControllerMad Catz name in the past was synonymous with terrible cheap controllers that you give your friend. This is very different, and the clue is in the name. MLG (Major League Gaming) have attached their name to this controller and it comes with so much, as it should. Why? The original RRP was £99. Yes £99.  Fortunately not many people wanted to buy a controller from Mad Catz for £99 and it is now a much more reasonable sub £30 on Amazon UK.  But when you get the box you can see how they tried to justify that £99 price tag.  It feels like an occasion. You get a huge box which comes with the following… Presentation Case, Carry Case, 4 Sets of Sticks, Two sets of D-Pads, Matte and Glossy Faceplates, and Weights.

Why do you need all this? Its all about making it YOUR joypad. The controller sticks and D-Pad are fully customisable for positions and well as style. You can have PS3 or X360 style D-Pad, as well as PS3 or Xbox style stick positions. To swap you hold the edge and spin the stick to unlock them out. It then leaves a whole which you can mix and match as you please. Not only this, but on the back you can add or remove weight form the controller due to your preference. This level of customisability has never been seen before on a commercial controller and it really is impressive to see. The only problem I have with this pad is it seems a bit heavy, even without any weights in. Partially this is due to the wire, which has almost a clamp style system. It looks nice, and the wire is very thick and sturdy, but it adds weight to the top end of the controller. Its not a lot but its noticeable.

One major trick up its sleeve is trigger swaps. As the MLG controller features real triggers, unlike the DS3, it wants you to use them. Something games like Battlefield on the PS3 dont want you to (they make R1 shoot). This isnt a problem for the MLG Controller as by holding down Start and Select for a few seconds it swap L1 with L2 and R1 with R2 for the “correct” setup. This is a great feature for games which decide for you how they want you to play.

 

Value: 5/5 (at current price)

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

Overall the controller feels quality. Even the cable is braided and just oozes quality.  It offers up something new with its stick swaps. My only gripe is the weight, bulky size and its not wireless. Sure, the weight gives it that premium feel but it is a fine line between premium and bulky and I think it toes that line very close. If the customisation is something you value, and you don’t need wireless (the cable is 3m which is long enough for most) then this could be the controller for you. I really like it, its just the unnecessary weight and bulk which could be too much for some.

Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller Gallery:

 

Gioteck SC1 Wireless Control Pad

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This could be considered a halfway house for people looking for the XBox feel and nothing else, but they still want additional controller features.  The SC1 is available for £28 on Amazon although it has been as low as £18. Its stick and trigger layout is like the XBox 360 and it is advertised as a sports controller. Although I would say its great for FPS too. Not only does it have real triggers but, the sticks have a way to adjust the sensitivity, by simply holding the Turbo button and moving left or right on either stick. This m

ean you can have one stick very sensitive and one slower. Its a nice feature and works well, however I’d like to see a way to slow sensitivity too. The SC1 also has turbo buttons and two programmable buttons to give you extra options on fighting games etc. S

ome people complain the Square button is a bit close to the right stick, I personally do not catch it but I can see where people are coming from with this.

In normal mode, the sticks are concave, like the XBox, and provide a nice feel. My only gripe is the right stick is quite close to the square button, although not massively so. The trigger work well and feel good, however L1&R1 feel a bit weak. The Gioteck SC1 is wireless however its not bluetooth so you need to have the built in dongle in your PS3. The advantage of this is it works on PC too, which is handy for some. The pad has a quality rubberised feel which is hard to match at this price. It is typically about £10 cheaper than the DS3 and offers up former XBox owners a good alternative to the DS3 layout. It feels great on Gran Turismo 6 and Borderlands 2, while for sports games like FIFA and PES, the adjustable sensitivity does work great on the fly.  Bluetooth rather than the USB dongle would be nice, but its not really a deal breaker. This joypad also works seamlessly with PCs, which is an added bonus.

Value: 4/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

A great controller for those looking for something a bit different. Its light, comfortable and compact. With a few modifications this could be a stand out controller for anyone. As it stands it still is highly recommended especially as its currently available for around the £20 mark.

Gioteck SC1 Gallery:

Overall:

To Summarise I have tried to give a “Best For” based off your needs. Everyone is different, especially with controllers and I think this will help you choose:

BEST FOR PRICE: Sony Dual Shock 3 with ORB Analogue Thumb Grips (Inverted)

BEST FOR FORMER XBOX 360 OWNERS: Gioteck SC1 Wireless Control Pad

BEST FOR HARDCORE GAMERS: Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller

BEST FOR CUSTOMISATION: Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller

MY CHOICE(s): ORB Analogue Thumb Grips & Gioteck SC1 – At just over £1 you cant grumble at trying the ORB Thumb grips, while some games seem perfect for the Gioteck SC1, so get both!  The MLG Pro Controller is a beautiful piece of kit but for my setup wireless is a must.

 

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Games News

PlayStation Vita TV Announced: Kills OUYA before it got started

In a somewhat surprise move, Sony has announced the new mini sub £100 games console, the PlayStation Vita TV. ps-vita-tv-bundleAiming squarely at OUYA and other cheap Android game consoles, as well as Apple TV on a media front, it promises much potential thanks to PS4 connectivity and a backlog of Vita games, combined with a VERY keen entry price for a PlayStation console, £64 converted from Yen.

Key Features of the PlayStation Vita TV:

– Plays PS1/PSP Games – 1,300 available

-Plays MOST Vita games (more on that later)

– Games are played with a bundled Dual Shock 3 controller

– Apps like HULU and other Japanese Netflix style services (not announced UK/US services but they will come, except the usual suspects)

– PlayStation Store

– Local Multiplayer

– Stream PS4 games into another room via the Vita TV.
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What We Know So Far:

The Vita TV will be launched in Japan first, and will cost 9480 yen (£63) / 14,994 yen (£96 with Dual Shock 3 and 8GB memory Card) on the 14th of November. no official confirmation of a Europe/North America launch but why would they not?

The basic Vita TV bundle is ideal for current PS3/Vita owners as why pay again for controllers you dont need? The Vita based games are outputted at 720p/1080i which should look very good. Sony have released a list of  games that will work on launch, and some huge titles like Uncharted and AC3 are missing. However Sony have not ruled out patches for these games. The most obvious reason they are not available is the Vita TV lacks the touchscreen of the Vita. So games would have to be modified for this.

To use the touch pointer you hold down the PS button, then click in and move the R3 or L3 button.

Potential Uses of the Vita TV:

On a business point of view, this is a cheap way to get latest PlayStation hardware on the big screen. There are a huge amount of gamers in places like Brazil, but they still use PS2. This would allow Sony, if they released the Vita TV there, to get a device they can add games to an online library without needing the distribution channels. There is also no reason Sony couldn’t release Gaikai, their streaming service for PS3/PS4 games on Vita TV. Since the PS4 is a loss leader, while I imagine the Vita TV is not, if you have a good enough connection it could be the device to buy the latest PS3/4 games from the PlayStation store and stream without needing the expensive (for both Sony and the gamer) hardware. Wouldn’t work for everyone, but in fast broadband countries, this could be VERY interesting. There would be controller issues with PS4 games, but PS3/indie titles would potentially “just work”.

The other confirmed Vita TV application relates to something adults will remember unfondly. In my childhood I remember it being a pain to move my console from the lounge to my bedroom. If you are lucky enough to have a PS4, you could just move yourself to the Vita TV room and continue your game.

14 year old me is happy.

 

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Mobile Phones

Sony XPERIA S Sim Free Mobile Phone Review

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Sony KDL46HX753BU 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D SMART LED TV with Freeview HD (New for 2012)

Sony KDL46HX753BU 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D SMART LED TV with Freeview HD (New for 2012)

  • 46? (117cm) Full HD 3D with Dynamic Edge LED, X-Reality, built-in Wi-Fi and Sony Internet TV
  • Crisp, detailed picture and Full HD 3D
  • Wi-Fi for easy access to catch-up TV, movies & apps
  • Change the TV viewing angle for the perfect view

Model:KDL-46HX753
Brand: SONY
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Screen resolution: 1080p FULL HD
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Energy Rating: A
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Digital Freeview HD: YES
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PICTURE
OLED technology: NO
Pixel resolution: 1920 X 1080
Frame rate: 200Hz
Contrast ratio: 1000 000:1
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3D technology: Active 3D Technology
3D glasses: Glass

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Sony KDL32HX753BU 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D SMART LED TV with Freeview HD (New for 2012)

  • 80cm / 32″, Full HD 3D with Dynamic Edge LED, X-Reality, built-in Wi-Fi and Sony Internet TV
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  • Change the TV viewing angle for the perfect view

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Sony KDL46EX723BU 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D 100Hz Edge LED Internet TV with Freeview HD

Sony KDL46EX723BU 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D 100Hz Edge LED Internet TV with Freeview HD

  • 46″ Full 1080p HD 3D LED Screen
  • Motionflow XR 200
  • Freeview HD
  • S-Force 3D Front Surround

Full HD 3D TV for the whole family. 117cm / 46 , Full HD 3D TV with Edge LED, Motionflow XR 200 & Internet video. Clear, smooth 3D and 2D picture quality. Save time and energy with smart features. Built-in tuner for easy access to Freeview HD.

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Sony Vaio EH2P0E 15.5 inch Laptop (Intel i5 2.4GHz Processor, RAM 4GB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) Hard Drive Capacity 320GB- Black

Sony Vaio EH2P0E 15.5 inch Laptop (Intel i5 2.4GHz Processor, RAM 4GB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) Hard Drive Capacity 320GB- Black

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Sony EH2P0E Core i52430M 240GHz Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 155 WXGA HD Graphics 3000 4 GB DDR3 RAM 320 GB HDD DVD SuperMulti 80211 bgn Webcam Bluetooth VPCEH2P0EBCEK Laptops Notebooks

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Sony Vaio EH2F1E 15.5 inch Laptop (Intel i3 2.2GHz, RAM 4GB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) Hard Drive Capacity 320GB- Black

Sony Vaio EH2F1E 15.5 inch Laptop (Intel i3 2.2GHz, RAM 4GB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) Hard Drive Capacity 320GB- Black

  • Processor clock speed: 2200 MHz
  • Processor family: Intel Core i3
  • Processor model: i3-2330M
  • L3 cache: 3 MB
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Designer Habitat PREMIUM LCD, LED & Plasma TV Wall Tilt Bracket Black Fits All Models – Samsung LG Sony Philips Toshiba – (23 – 37″) Super-Strength Load Capacity 75Kg, 15 Degree Up/Down Tilt Mechanism, Free Spirit Level

Designer Habitat PREMIUM LCD, LED & Plasma TV Wall Tilt Bracket Black Fits All Models – Samsung LG Sony Philips Toshiba – (23 – 37″), Super-Strength Load Capacity 75Kg, 15 Degree Up/Down Tilt Mechanism, Free Spirit Level

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The bracket is a universal model and designed to fit all of the major manufacturer models. The bracket also includes a unique tilting mechanism which can be used to angle the TV up and down by 15° to ensure you have the ideal viewing angle. This LED TV bracket is up there with the best based off customer reviews on Amazon. It is a superb piece of kit for very little money. Don’t get ripped off/

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Sony KDL40HX753BU 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D SMART LED TV with Freeview HD (New for 2012) Review

Sony KDL40HX753BU 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D SMART LED TV with Freeview HD (New for 2012)

  • 102cm / 40″, Full HD 3D with Dynamic Edge LED, X-Reality, built-in Wi-Fi and Sony Internet TV
  • Crisp, detailed picture and Full HD 3D
  • Wi-Fi for easy access to catch-up TV, movies & apps
  • Change the TV viewing angle for the perfect view

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