Gioteck’s GC-2 PS3 controller review – Can it put up a fight against the DualShock 3?

Giotech GC-2 PS3

Gioteck is a UK-based independent gaming accessories manufacturer. I recently had the chance to test out the company’s GC-2 controller for the PlayStation 3. The controller’s thumbsticks are offset and concaved (just like the Xbox 360 controller) and features pressure sensitivity. I’m usually not a fan of 3rd-party controllers, since they usually feel weird and are not up-to-par with 1st-party controllers, but the GC-2 is a good contender.

The GC-2 uses a USB dongle to connect the controller to the PS3. Just insert the dongle into the USB port and the controller is ready in seconds. Yeah, it doesn’t use Bluetooth, but this is usually the case with many 3rd-party controllers. It can become an issue if you’re using a lot of accessories that require a USB port though.

The main game I tested the controller on was Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game was a good testing ground, since many console gamers like first-person shooters, and playing it online can truly test the responsiveness of the controller under chaotic sessions of Team Deathmatch. At first I had to get used to the controller’s ergonomic design. It gave me cramps for a short period of time when I first started out, but soon after I was playing for hours without problems. Overall it feels very comfortable. Your mileage may vary depending on your hand size.

Buttons

Since the controller is very similar to the Xbox 360’s default controller, the trigger buttons are located at the bottom. This is only a problem if a PS3 game doesn’t have the option of switching the R1/L1 buttons with the R2/L2 buttons (if you’re playing the Uncharted series, consider yourself screwed). Luckily the Call of Duty franchise and Crysis 3 have those options. The trigger buttons are responsive, but the L1/R1 shoulder buttons and the face buttons could have been better. The L1/R1 buttons presses inwards, while the DualShock 3 controller shoulder buttons are pressed evenly. This makes it feel weird, but it’s still manageable. When pushing the face buttons (O, X, Triangle, Square), it feels like they’re not really registering, since you don’t feel that click. This can be a slight problem, but I was able to use them without much trouble.

Thumbsticks

The thumbsticks are pretty solid. I’m able to move around smoothly through games like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted. I love that they are offset, since I don’t have to worry about having my thumbs jam against each other, since the DualShock 3 thumbsticks are too close to each other. The height of the thumbsticks are slighter higher, and you have the ability to change the pressure sensitivity. I tried changing it and didn’t notice any changes (I guess it depends on the game).

Battery

I have to applaud the controller for its battery life. The GC-2 uses an advanced Li-ion battery. I’ve put many hours into it without ever having to recharge it, and it still is going on strong. Another cool addition is that it turns off automatically after 5 minutes of inactivity. With the DualShock 3, the battery would drain faster, and watching Blu-ray movies would drain it even faster. I don’t know why the DS 3 would drain when watching a Blu-ray movie keeps it idle, but it just does.

D-pad

The biggest issue I had with the GC-2 controller is the D-pad. It does an okay job for FPS and action-adventure games, but for fighting games, forget about it. I’ve tested this on Super Street Fighter 4, and trying to do moves and combos are a pain in the ass.

Other Features

Other features include the Turbo function for rapid fire. I didn’t get a chance to use it, since I’m not a fan of using Turbo. The controller also have twice as many rumble motors, and it does its job of immersing you into the game. Also, the LED lights are placed at the bottom and indicates what player you are or what sensitivity settings you have.

Final Reaction

Once you get used to the controller’s design, you’ll be able to play FPS and action/adventure games with ease. The thumbsticks and battery life are the highlights. I was still able to place at the top of many online matches with the controller. And if you’re a fighting game fanatic, please steer clear from the GC-2 controller.

Grade: B

Gioteck’s GC-2 controller for the PlayStation 3 and Wii U is available for $39.99 at many retail outlets and RRPs. You can also visit the Gioteck’s GC-2 page.

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