An Xbox feel for the PS3...
One of the reasons that people will give
for not liking a particular video game console is the shape of the controller.
If you are one of those who prefer the Xbox 360 controller, but still want to
play games on the PlayStation 3, Gioteck has an interesting solution for you.
The Gioteck HF-2 Bluetooth Controller for
PS3 is shaped almost exactly like an Xbox 360 controller, offering a larger
device with offset analogue sticks, as opposed to the more symmetrical standard
PS3 controller. The larger size of the controller may be comfortable for many
people, too, and the contoured shape sits very comfortably in the player’s
The whole device is covered in a very
stylish nonslip material that lends it a matt look, perfectly complimenting the
urban camouflage design that covers the tp of the HF-2. In short, it is a very
comfortable controller to use, although the oversized bumper buttons take some
getting used to.
The analogue sticks have rubber thumb
grips, and have notches at every ninety degree point, for added accuracy. The
dished D-pad also makes direction selection much easier while you’re not
looking at the controller.
But the device is about more than just
comfort - it is a very practical controller, too. For example, thanks to
downloadable software, the analogue stick sensitivity can be adjusted.
Additionally, the functions of the bumpers and triggers can be switched at the
flick on a switch on the controller, meaning that you won’t need to sit
remapping controls (if they can even be remapped) in-game when developers
decide to mess with standard set-ups. Want your fire button to be R2 instead of
R1 ? Hey presto, it’s done. A turbo function has also been included, which is a
bit of a throw back from the old days when joysticks were experimenting with
the idea, but this can save you a lot of button-mashing related thumb-cramping.
The Gioteck HF-2 is a great controller,
perfect for those who want an Xbox feel while playing PS3. It is accurate,
sensitive and responsive. The only real downside here is that it is not
rechargeable. The user will either need to spring for a pair of AA batteries,
or will need to cough up some extra cash to get the HF-2 Rechargeable Battery
Pack. Both, incidentally, sold separately.
Naturally you can plug the controller in to
play, but this does sort of defeat the whole purpose of it being Bluetooth. And
the cable supplied with it is short... so just go and get the Rechargeable
Oh, yes, how could we forget... unlike
pretty much any other controller on the market, the HF-2 will have firmware
upgrades released. Those will keep it going strong for ages.
At a glance
very versatile controller for the PS3, complete with an Xbox 360 feel.
Website : www.apexintco.za
Pros : Very
battery sold separately