We check out the Hori Onyx Officially Licensed PS4 Controller. Pick up the controller here
I’ve still got my 2 original wireless pads for the Playstation 3, possibly through more luck than anything they still work to an acceptable standard even though my raging years of Fifa & Call of Duty have left them war scarred. Although they are pretty much used as a wired setup now, due to the battery life and secondly due to being one of the only devices that uses the outdated Mini USB and I’d likely lose the cable if I split them apart. In contrast in 3 years of owning a PS4, 3 pads have already bitten the dust in one way or another and the rest the thumb sticks look like they have been chewed on by a rat.
I’ve been given the opportunity to test out a new wired Officially licensed Ps3 pad from Venom, they’ve had my custom previously with a vibration headset that I’ve had a few years now which has served me well. First point to note is the controller is endowed with 3 metres of cable, so gone are the sessions of sitting uncomfortably close to HD visuals, I can sit back on the sofa as relaxed as I can be and not have to worry about any health and safety trip hazards or developing wall eyed vision.
The size shape and weight of the controller is beefed up from the official PS3 pad, If anything it looks very much in the style of an Xbox One controller which if you are a fan of this will gain your appreciation, the thumb sticks are slightly larger than on the Bone and the D pad is placed the same but has 4 separate buttons as opposed to the single cross.
The weight of the pad makes it comfortable and all the buttons are responsive and easily reached even with my child sized hands, there is a subtle contour line that fits the palm nicely and allows you to maintain a solid grip which is welcome on those heavy gaming sessions.
The pad has the vibration which is noticeable but no too overbearing and on the bottom of the controller there is a sensitivity button which can be increased or decreased on the fly, which I thought was an unusual yet original feature, but not something I would get much use out of.
Testing the controller through my favourite games including Battlefield 4, Need For Speed and Payday 2 the controller felt receptive and accurate, unfortunately it didn’t help me fair any better than usual so it’s unlikely to see me falsify my way onto the Pro Gaming scene any time soon.
It’s obviously too early to tell if it has the lifespan of my ageing PS3 pads, the unit feels robust so barring any freak accidents I’m confident I’ll be using it for the remainder of my PS3’s lifetime as my main controller. This Venom controller will set you back £14.99 which I feel is reasonable for a licensed product and personally I would avoid trying to save a small amount of coins by buying some other unheard of brand that’s unlikely to last a round of Conquest.
All in all if you are after a second pad, maybe convinced your partner to get involved in some Co-Op gaming or be fortunate enough to be introducing a youngster into your favourite pastime then I can completely recommend this Venom pad, ultimately so that you can use it and hand down your old pad with all it’s gaming history as part of their inheritance.
I often get asked where is the best place to buy customised controllers, a question I am usually hesitant to answer. Over the years I have seen many websites that offer bespoke controller designs, but I’ve never felt confident in referring people as the quality of the products often seemed questionable.
I recently stumbled across a company called Custom Controllers UK and after doing some research they seem to have a great reputation for both their products and services. They have some great designs for both Xbox and Playstation controllers and even offer a service where you can send your own controller in for a makeover.
They also have some controllers designed for professional gamers, which look pretty badass!
The controllers aren’t exactly cheap, but with this kind of product you get what you pay for. The controllers come with a 14 Day Money-Back Guarantee, 3 Month Parts Warranty and a 1 Year Manufacturers Guarantee.
After my recent review of the Venom PS4 controller kit, I thought I’d check out the alternative products offered by SquidGrip. Unlike Venom, SquidGrip solely focus on making controller grips for console controllers and have used social networks to spread the word about their products. But it takes a bit more than a few daft hashtags like #stopnakedcontrollerabuse to win me over, so I picked up some SquidGrips for my PS4 and Xbox One game pads to see what all the fuss was about.
SquidGrip provides a low-profile, firm and padded surface for your hands – without disrupting the natural feel of your controller. Developed using moisture-wicking technology, no other product alleviates sweaty hands and improves overall grip and comfort like SquidGrip™
I’d mentioned in my previous review that I was initially dubious about controller grips in general, they just seemed like an answer to a problem that I never had. That opinion soon changed once I tried the Venom grips and now using a controller without them feels plain wrong. I picked up a couple of sets up for my PS4 and Xbox one controller, you can get them for £12.99 in-store at Game.
I first tried the PS4 version and have to say they were much easier to fit than the Venom alternatives, thanks to cleverly placed guide holes that need to be matched up to the seams of the controller. Once you have fitted the actual grips, you can also pimp things up a touch with the SquidGrip logo stickers that come included. These actually finish things of nicely and the whole set makes the controller look pretty snazzy and above all makes it feel nice to hold especially on long gaming sessions.
I initially played for 3-4 hours solid with these and all was good, until I woke up the next day. For some reason overnight, the PS4 grips had started to come unstuck and were flapping about like a porn stars vagina. I took to Twitter to see if anyone else had these problems and a few followers had the same issues with the PS4 versions, but none for the Xbox One grips. After a few minutes @SquidGrip replied to my Tweet and advised me that all their products were guaranteed against defects for 30 days after purchase. So I got in touch with their support and within a few days I received some replacements, more impressively they actually sent two sets, but less impressively they had sent me the grips for the wrong controller.
As previously mentioned, I also picked up some SquidGrips for my Xbox One controller and I have to say these felt amazing and more importantly are still holding strong several weeks and many hours of gaming later. These are great if you suffer from clammy hands as the do genuinely seem to reduce sweaty hand issues on those epic gaming marathons we all have from time to time.
So overall I was very impressed with the Xbox One versions, but rather disappointed with the grips for the PS4 due to the fact they didn’t feel as nice as the Venom grips and started coming unstuck within 24 hours. I would definitely buy these for every Xbox One controller I own and think they should start selling discounted double packs for those with more than one controller as paying £12.99 for each set is rather expensive.