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.
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.
- 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.
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