PlayStation 3 Wireless SingStar Microphones review: PlayStation 3 Wireless SingStar Microphones

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Cordless. Easy to set-up. Compatible with both PS2 and PS3.

The Bad Voice recognition response is slow. Easier to browse tracklist with controller rather than mic. Smart function is not all that smart. Pricey.

The Bottom Line If you're keen to upgrade and the price doesn't deter you, the wireless microphones and controller-free gameplay will certainly liberate you from being tethered to a console.

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Hard to bust a move when you're breaking out in song on your SingStar set-up because you're getting tangled with pesky microphone cords? Diva tantrums will no longer be necessary with the release of the wireless mics for PlayStation's SingStar.

Design

Coupling the freedom of wireless performance with new voice-recognition features for controller-free gameplay, the PlayStation's wireless mics are designed to liberate the karaoke party beyond the length of the two-metre cord from your console.

PlayStation's new wireless mics are a little bit like that convertible car you've had your eye on — features that are not entirely necessary and compelling enough to make you upgrade from your trusty hatchback, but all-in-all looks like a lot more fun than what you've got. Such is the concept of upgrading from your corded mics to the cordless set-up: going wireless will allow you the freedom to use the whole living room to dance around and reach rock/pop god status, but won't be terribly different in function to its corded predecessor.

Set-up

Technically, set-up of the new microphones is fairly simple — mics are battery-powered and come packaged with AA batteries and a wireless dongle that connects to your console via a USB connection. The slightly chunky dongle will ensure the mics power up and are ready to rock when you start your SingStar game. You'll need your standard controller to make your game selection (solo, multiplayer, etc), but from there, a quick tutorial will get you up to speed on the mic's new voice control features and allow you to select your song, set difficulties and conduct basic navigation around the game.

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PlayStation 3 Wireless SingStar Microphones

Part Number: CNETPlayStation 3 Wireless SingStar Microphones

Typical Price: $79.95

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