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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.

**For a list of the box contents, please check out my unboxing video that can be found here.**

When it comes to playing videogames in both short and long sittings, you want comfort, decent sound quality and a price tag that isn’t going to sting.

This is where I find out and let you know if the ORB GP Rumble Headset for PS3 and PC from ORB Accessories is up to par.

First things first. When you first see the ORB GP Rumble Headset, you are greeted with a nice black headset coupled with an attractive blue mesh padding around the headband and ear cups. The padding is reasonably thick which makes it very comfortable to wear – the longest I have worn it for at a time is just over 2 hours and I did not experience any ear discomfort. You also have the built-in mic on the left ear cup which enables you to chat to online friends while getting immersed in your favourite game. The padded headband is fully adjustable and should fit all head sizes without any issues. The cable length is very generous at around 3 metres. You also have a USB extension cable, just in case the supplied cable isn’t long enough. The headset is powered via USB, so no chance of batteries running out of juice in the middle of a major boss fight or important career race. A little further down on the cable you have the volume controls for both voice and chat volume levels. There is also a mic mute switch and a switch to turn the Rumble on and off. This headset also be recognised as an extra sound device by a PC and works with most available games. I tried the headset on both Windows 7 & 8, It was recognised by both and worked perfect with both.

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Next up we have the Rumble feature. I was a bit skeptical when I first read about this and was wondering how exactly it was going to work. What can I say? It was totally unexpected and amazing. When you activate the Rumble feature, you are instantly thrown into the game more-so than just having the amazing sound. When there is a loud roar or you end up crashing your beloved car, your ears know about it as much as your hands do from the controller. The Rumble headset feature makes the earphones vibrate which in turn makes everything seem that much more realistic.

Coupled with the rumble effects, the sound quality from the ORB GP headset was pretty surprising, especially for a headset that hasn’t cost you a fortune to purchase. There were no crackles or tinny moments and everything came through clear and crisp, both game and voice chat wise. Whilst on the subject of sound quality, I asked a few people how my voice was coming through to them and was told it was clear and they could hear me with no issues – another bonus.

Considering the price you would pay for this headset – I have seen it vary from £29.99 to £45.00 – you definitely should not be disappointed. I have nothing bad to say about it. My partner tried it as well and liked it – trust me, if he likes it, it can’t be bad! Give it a try, the rumble effect alone is well worth the money you would spend on this!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will get back to you ASAP.

**Please note that the controller in the image here is one that I am reviewing and not an original PS3 controller.

I recently received a nice bundle from the kind folk over at Orb Accessories. Today I am going to be dipping into that bundle and giving you my thoughts on their Thumb Grip Pro for the PS3.

Now we all know that comfort is a must when playing video games, whether that comfort is related to headsets or controllers or in this case, thumb sticks. The Thumb grip Pro from Orb Accessories addresses that comfort as well as much needed grip.

I have issues when it comes to playing games for an extended period of time due to bad hands and wrists so I am always on the lookout for anything that could help improve the amount of time spent playing. When these thumb grips arrived, I was eager to put them through their paces.

The packaging that they came in was pleasant to look at. A transparent plastic with a red and white background along with images of the PS3 controller. You could see the thumb grips clearly through the packaging. There are two sets included – one set of Firm Rubber Grip Caps with extra dots for extra grip and a set of 4 dot D-Pad style Rubber Grip Caps. Size wise I think they add a centimeter to the height of the generic thumbsticks on a PS3 controller.

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Fitting the caps on to the controller thumbsticks was an issue for me, but that is because of the hand issues that I have. I managed to get them on after a few minutes, so they didn’t take overly long to fit.

Size wise, the thumb grips add roughly a centimeter to the height of the generic thumb sticks on the PS3 controller. My hands aren’t the biggest and my thumbs were able to sit comfortably on the caps and move the thumbsticks about with no issues.

When I started up a game, I wanted to focus on the comfort added by the caps. When using the PS3 controller without any added caps, I can’t use it for more than 90 minutes or so without beginning to feel discomfort. I was able to sit for over two hours in one sitting and I honestly did not feel uncomfortable at all. The grip added by the caps meant that I wasn’t trying as hard to keep my thumbs on the sticks, which in turn meant that I wasn’t gripping the controller quite as hard. Just to note also, I used the 4 dot D-Pad style caps – the ones with even more added grip will no doubt work even better.

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For the price you would pay for these caps (£4.50 on Amazon UK), they are definitely worth it, at least they are in my opinion. Anything that helps me sit for longer with the awkward PS3 controllers is a bonus as far as I am concerned.

The Thumb grip Pro caps from ORB Accessories are available for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

Another unboxing video for you today.  This one is for the ORB GP Rumble PS3/PC Gaming Headset from Orb Accessories.

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The review should be up soon.

Hello you lovely people!

I have so much goodness coming up over the next few weeks for you all!

First up, I should have reviews up for “Special Forces: Team X” on XBLA as well as Forza Horizon.  I also have copies of Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force, PlayStation AllStars Battle Royale, and LittleBigPlanet Karting that are here and need reviewing at some points.

Whilst that is it for video-games for the time being, I have some other gadgets both here with me and on the way!  I have a headset from the people over at Infected Audio, an Avenger Elite 360, a Nuvo Pro Game Grip from the folk at Nuvo Gadgets, a set of KontrolFreek FPS Freek CQC Signature Edition, a Rumble headset and PS3 accessories from ORB Accessories (you find these on Twitter for the time being), and some custom controller accessories from Rapid Fire Kits.

Reviews and unboxings for all of the above will be available over the next few weeks.  Needless to say, I am very excited to get started.

Also, I have a couple of giveaways coming up over on my Twitter account.  Prizes from Let’s Fish Game and Kingston Technology.  I’ll post separate posts when these are live with details of how to enter.

Thanks for taking the time to read today.  Stay tuned for everything listed above, soon!

**Edited to add that I have just heard back from 4Gamers and they are also going to send me out a couple of review items , so look forward to hearing about those too!