Wireless SingStar Microphones
They are finally here, the PS2 SingStar
wireless microphones that now lets both casual and hardcore gamers sing
to their hearts content without being hogged down by cabling. Before
engaging in this review any further, for the uninitiated, SingStar could
be considered interactive karaoke on the PlayStation that matches the
players singing abilities or tones with the original song.
Players are then awarded points on how well they performed and best of
all, this game can be played by one to ten players or more. Although
SingStar has been out on the PS2 for a considerable amount of time, the
microphones were just a standard wired USB controller and considering
that XBox 360 users had access to wireless microphones, PS2 fans were
making it known that they wanted this as well.
Thankfully itís finally
- Feel total freedom as you sing, dance, and perform wire-free with new
Wireless SingStar Microphones
- Compatible with PlayStation 2 and Playstation 3
So what do gamers get? The contents of the box includes two coloured
microphones, one red and one blue, four AA batteries, a USB dongle,
quick start guide, manual and a pouch to store your microphones which is
a brilliant idea because nothing is worse than trying to repack the
Although we recommend that all people read the manual
before installing new accessories for your PS2, we skipped this step and
simply put the batteries into the microphone, plugged in the USB dongle
(or receiver) and loaded up our SingStar game. Although we did read the
manual and we were pleased that Sony has ensured that manual can be read
by all levels of gamers, from casual to hardcore.
Compared to the wired microphones, the wireless are slightly heavier due
to the batteries, however itís definitely worth the admission price to
be wireless. The microphones have an on and off toggle on them, however
if you fail to turn them off, they will automatically power down in 15
minutes which a handy feature to have.
Design wise, the microphones are
reminiscent of the wired controllers from Sony and like the old analogy,
if it aint broke, donít fix it. The USB dongle is a little larger than
standard adaptors for the PS2, however we found no issues with the
quality or any dropouts whatsoever.
We tested the microphones with a variety of SingStar games and needless to say, everything
worked perfectly on the wireless controller with no issues to report at
all. Apart from Sony products, we decided to test the product with
Guitar Hero World Tour and the microphones worked fine which leads us to
believe that this will work in conjunction with Rock Band as well.
conclusion, Sony have produced two high quality wireless microphones
that we could happily recommend to all fans of SingStar. The
installation was extremely easy and there were no problems to report.
Best of all is that the cables are finally gone and you can easily pack
away the microphones into the pouch that was provided. With perfect
sound quality for gaming, Sony have a winner on their hands!