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First-party products aren't always the best option...

Smart people know that the most obvious choice isn’t always the best one. Buying a brand name controller - specifically, an ‘official’ PlayStation 3 controller - for your PS3 can be a costly affair. And, quite frankly, doing so fails to take advantage of a wealth of good ideas that flood the market by way of third-party peripheral manufacturers. There are many great options out there that don’t carry the PS logo, but whether through laziness or brand loyalty (or a misguided sense that first-party products are immediately superior, no questions asked) lots of people don’t give them their due consideration.

Description: VX-1 Wireless Controller for PS3

VX-1 Wireless Controller for PS3

The VX-1 Wireless Controller for PS3, manufactured by Gioteck, serves as an excellent alternative to costly first-party products, and bring a few really good ideas to the table. First and foremost, it is more comfortable than the ‘official’ PS3 controller, thanks to an improved ergonomic design that will have players experiencing less discomfort after extended periods of gaming. The action buttons are contoured and precisely placed to allow the user an easy time of moving their thumb from the rubberised, non-slip analogue sticks to them and back. The directional pad is also designed for ease of use, with its concave shape allowing for easier directional selection. And the hand grip are rubberised, adding even more to that all-important user comfort level.

Armed with 2.4GHz wireless technology, the VX-1 is a responsive and accurate game controller. The advanced Li-polymer battery performs well too, providing a longer than expected game time - no complaints there. And to keep things going even longer, the controller has an automatic standby mode that it enters after five minutes of inactivity.

Even the trigger buttons are an improvement over the original PS3 controller; they are slightly concave, feeling more like triggers, and are a lot more comfortable to use.

In addition to all of this, the VX-1 features upgradeable firmware, meaning that it will remain a viable and good controller for longer.

In terms of button placement, it follows the ideas set forth by the PlayStation 3 first-party controller. The analogue sticks, in other words, are centrally, symmetrically placed.

This will be suited for those who like the PS3 configuration, while those that are more comfortable with an Xbox style setup may well want to look at the HF-1 (also from Gioteck) reviewed elsewhere in this issue. The analogue sticks are also slightly angled, providing a more comfortable hand position.

The VX-1 is yet another example of Gioteck’s excellent approach to gaming peripherals. It may not share the military finish that many of their other products feature, but looks aren’t everything when considering the comfort and performance it delivers. It is a solid and effective alternative to the original.

VX-1 Wireless Controller for PS3

At a glance

Summary: Here's a third-party controller for the PS3 that shows how things should be done...

Tech Specs: Ergonomic design, non-slip analogue sticks, Rechargeable, 2.4GHz wireless, Li-polymer battery, Auto-standby

Manufacturer: Gioteck

Distributer: Apex Interactive

Website: www.apexintco.za

Pros: Comfortable, Great buttons! Good battery life

Cons: May be a bit big for some tastes...

 

 

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