PS3 Reviews

Today, I have the Venom Vibration XT+ Headset for review.  The XT+ is a step up from the XT model, and has added support for the PlayStation 4 console.  As well as working with the PS4, you can also use it with the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Mac.

First up, the packaging.  The front of the box has a half and half design going on.  The left side of the box has the Venom logo, the name of the headset, and a short bit of text informing you about the vibration technology that is included.  The right hand side of the front of the box gives you a view of one side of the headset through a clear plastic window.  Under this window there is a list of the platforms that this headset can be used with.  The back of the box lists several pieces of information related to the headset, including the fact that the headset boasts 40mm drivers, as well as the 3.85 metre cable.  At the bottom of the rear of the box there are a couple of diagrams showing how to quickly set up the headset for both component and HDMI cables.

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The headset itself is securely transported in a clear plastic insert.  The first thing I noticed when removing the headset from the box is how light the headset is.  It has a nicely padded, fully adjustable, Venom branded headband, padded earcups which both have the Venom logo, and the generous 3.85 metre cable. The cable contains the inline volume controls, the USB connector, component cable adapters, and the 2.5mm plug for the Xbox 360 controllers.  Also included in the box is a detachable microphone for the headset, and a user manual.

Connecting the headset up to your platform of choice is reasonably straightforward, especially if you are familiar with setting up headsets previously.  If you do get stuck, the included user manual is helpful as far as getting you up and running.

I don’t have a PS4 so was unable to test it with that console, but I did put it through its paces on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.  The headset vibration feature is something that worked surprisingly well and being able to control the amount of vibration using the dedicated switch on the inline control was a nice touch.  The vibration made all the difference during game play with the 30mm vibration speakers – it was as if it was bringing the game to life that little bit more.  Also included on the inline control box was the mic mute switch, and the volume controls for both chat and game volumes.  Having dedicated game and chat volume control is always a nice bonus because there is nothing worse than not being able to hear chat over the game volume.  The sound quality was very impressive for both game and chat on all platforms, and I was informed that my voice was nice and clear and there were no reports of any feedback or distortion.  Having the logo on each earcup illuminate in an eye catching red colour when in use just added to the list of nice touches that this headset contains.

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The XT+ headset was a pleasure to wear for prolonged gaming periods.  The padded headband and earcups definitely played a large role in the comfort department, as did the fact that the headset is nice and light.  I don’t have massive ears and did not encounter any discomfort during long sessions.  I cannot comment as to how comfortable the headset would be for people with larger ears, though I doubt there would be an issue, if I am honest.

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with the Venom XT+ Headset.  It provides comfort, it adds to the game playing experience, and the fact that you can use it on your choice of platform (all except the Xbox One) is a bonus.  The vibration features adds an extra level to the game that you are playing and having the option to increase and decrease the level of vibration means that it isn’t something that is forced on you.  For the price you pay (£32.99 GBP) and the fact that you can use it on your choice of platform, this is a headset that I would highly recommend.

Having controllers with built in rechargeable batteries can be a pain when it comes to forgetting to charge them up and then getting caught out in the middle of a gaming session.  I have one of the latest official licensed products from Venom that aims to counteract this issue, by keeping all of your controllers not only charged, but kept together without having to have several charging cables plugged in.

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The Quad Charging Stand from Venom comes boxed in a rectangular box that shows an image showing the charging stand on the front.  It also states that the stand is designed for use with DualShock 3 PlayStation controllers.  The back of the box has a short list of information relating to the product – this information is listed in several different languages.

Removing the product from the box was just a case of pulling out the stand.  Also provided in the box is an AC adapter, as well as a two and three pin plug – handy for use abroad, if and when needed.

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The stand itself is made from a tough, black plastic and has four Mini USB cables tucked neatly away on the top, between the moulded spaces for the four controllers.  To use the stand it is simply a case of plugging in the AC adapter, popping out the USB cables that you need to use with the number of controllers you have, rest the controllers in the spaces provided, and plug in the Mini USB adapters.  Because the stand is powered separately from your console, you can quickly charge your controllers without having to turn your console on.

Having the option to not only charge your controllers but also to store your controllers on this stand will help to keep your gaming setup looking not only clean and tidy, but also stylish as the stand will not look out of place alongside your PS3 console.

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The Venom Charging Stand is available at an affordable price of £19.99 from the Venom page on Play.com.

**Note: Use discount code ‘tootie’ on the GamerModz website to receive 10% off of your total order price!

I recently received a PS3 controller from my sponsor GamerModz to review.

I was told that I could choose any design and add-ons that I wanted, so I went ahead and started going through their site.  As with the Xbox 360 controller that I received a few months back, the process was easy and straightforward.  All I had to do was choose the controller for the platform that I would like, select a design from the large library that is available, and choose any extra mods that I would like included in the controller.  I went with the Green Swirl design and had all white buttons/L & R buttons//thumbsticks added.  Now I am not someone who uses rapid fire, etc, but I also went with the SPS-X3 Rapid Fire mod so that I could give my opinions on all aspects of the controller.

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It took only a couple of weeks to arrive from the day that I ordered the controller, which I think is definitely reasonable – especially when you see the quality of the product.  Once I received the controller, I checked it over for any drip marks or bumps on the finished product and am pleased to say, found none at all.  I checked over all of the buttons and other inserts and all buttons and triggers  were pressable with no excessive force and everything seemed as it should be.

After fully charging the controller, I synced it to my PS3 and couldn’t wait to give it a test run.  I fired up some Black Ops to put the controller through its paces.  Firstly, I noticed that all of the buttons, etc, worked perfectly well.  No excessive button smashing was needed to get the controller to do what you want it to, so I knew that the buttons were fine.  The thumbsticks and L & R buttons also did what you would expect without any extra force required.  After giving the controller a proper workout in multiplayer, I grabbed a friend and set up a custom match so that I could test out the rapid fire.  Following the included instruction manual (also available on the GamerModz website) was the easiest thing in the world to do.  Everything is there for you in black and white, and following the steps couldn’t have been easier.  I toggled through and tried out each of the modes – No Rapid Fire, Single Trigger Rapid Fire and Dual Trigger Rapid Fire.  Each mode worked as you would expect and I didn’t notice any issues there.

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After thoroughly testing out my new controller over the past week or so, I am very happy with it.  There is no sign of any markings on the controller itself, and all of the buttons, etc, still work as perfect as they did on the day that I received it. If rapid fire is your thing, the mod set will be perfect for you.  If you are just looking to jazz up your controller a little, then GamerModz could well be the site for for you.  Massive thanks to the guys over at GamerModz for sending this controller out to me for review.

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When it comes to playing the PS3, the controllers aren’t always user friendly.  For this reason, I am always on the lookout to find ways to make PS3 game time more comfortable for my hands.  Hopefully, this is where the ORB Wired Game Controller for the PS3/PC from ORB Accessories comes into play.

First up, the box itself is easy on the eye.  The red and white box colouring is nice to look at, and is coupled with an image of the controller.  When looking around the box,  you can find some controller information listed, making it easy for you to find out the functions of the controller before you buy it.

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Inside the box you find the following contents.

  • 1 x Wired Game Controller
  • 1  x Instruction Manual

The controller itself looks and feels very nice.  With its matt black finish, ORB logo and nice button designs, it is nicer to look at than the regular PS3 controller – in my opinion.  When holding it, it has a nice texture on the skin, the kind of texture that you don’t need any extra grip with.  It has the four buttons on the back of the controller – L1, L2, R1 and R2.  The L2 and R2 buttons are not the usual trigger style, but normal buttons, just over double the size of the L1 and R2 buttons.  The D-Pad is a solid button you have a Turbo button, Clear button and the Select, Start and PS home buttons.  The thumbsticks have a nice grip to them, hopefully making it a little easier to control without added grip, rather than the sticks on the standard PS3 controller.  Lastly, the Square, Triangle, Circle and X buttons stay similar to those on the original controller, but have their own design to them too.

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Product Features.

  • Support multiple signals transmission without interference
  • Suppers PC game using OS Windows2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • Turbo buttons
  • 4 corresponding LED indicating the choice of channel
  • Support up to 7 multi-players

When it came to getting the controller up and running, it couldn’t be easier.  Simply plug the controller cable into the PS3 console and then turn it on.  You should see  the LED lights start to flash, confirming  the connection between the controller and console.  Press the PS button to operate the controller and the controller should choose the channel.

When it comes to using the Turbo button during gameplay, the Instruction Manual does a great job of walking you through how to get things up and running.  I would highly recommend reading through the manual, even if just to get to grips with how things work ahead of time.

Comfort wise, I found the ORB controller easy to hold and comfortable to use.  The thumbsticks seem to be reachable, more-so than they are on the standard controller.  The D-Pad is easy to use, as are the Square, Triangle, Circle and X buttons.  The L and R buttons are easily accessible and despite my reservations about using the less curved L2 & R2 buttons, I was pleasantly surprised by the responsiveness of them.

I have used this controller a fair bit since receiving it and am impressed by it.  The comfort, style and look of the controller are all very appealing and if you are looking for something to use that has an improvement over the original PS3 controller, then this would be my suggestion to you.  At least give it a try if like me, you are a little skeptical about it – I don’t think you will be disappointed.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will get back to you ASAP.