I remember being so excited when my PS3 arrived, it had been out a while already so there were loads of great game already out and going cheap. For the most part I had great fun with it, but there was one thing I just couldn’t get on with, the controller. I’d been spoilt by the Xbox 360 controller and it really let my experience down, when I was given the chance to try out Gioteck’s SC-1 Wireless sports controller I jumped at the chance.
The big plus for me straight away was the positioning of the sticks, just like the 360; in fact all of the button and triggers were laid out just like the Xbox Controller. It’s smaller than its Xbox counterpart but everything is in comfortable reach. The SC-1 also has two programmable buttons which can recreate recorded combinations of buttons to help you out while gaming, there is also the ability to change the sensitivity of the analogue sticks too. There is an easy to view battery indication via LED so that you know when your battery is low or on charge, to save power your controller will also shut of automatically after 10 minutes of inactivity, as you would expect there is a rumble feedback which will give make you feel closer to the games.
Gioteck have clearly spent time designing the controller to fit in perfectly with the rest of your gaming accessories, it looks great with a great grey/rec colour scheme which also helps me finding it under a pile of the kids toys, I really like the rubberised texture of the controller, its add extra comfort to those long gaming sessions. It was only fair that I took advantage of my new controller by seeing how I got on with games such as Pro Evo 2014, Bioshock Infinite and ModNation racers. The controller felt comfortable during all of my gaming, I noticed that the triggers squeaked a bit too much for my liking but they were still responsive and setting up the programmable buttons helped me semi competent at Pro Evo, so bonus points for that.
One of the most impressive feature is the battery life, I managed around 23 hours of gaming before I needed to charge my controller, there is external battery pack but clearly there is no need. The controller comes with a charging cable but you can use the same lead as you would to charge your DualShock Controller.
This controller has given fresh life to my time on the Playstation 3 and if you are more comfortable using the Xbox Pad then this s really worth a look at.
MLG Rating: 8/10 Format: PS3 Release Date: Dec 2013
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided an SC-1 Controller for review purposes. It was reviewed over the course of 6 weeks on a PS3. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.