Bluetooth-based remote offers full BD control; universal remote compatibility.
Posted by Daniel Tonks on September 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM
A company called Performance Designed Products
(PDP) has announced what could be the very first Blu-ray remote control designed for the PS4.
It seems that Sony is always finding new ways to tick off home theater users Ė first by repeatedly refusing to add a standard CE infrared receiver to the many generations of PS3 consoles, and then on the PS4 by refusing to offer compatibility with or a replacement product for the one compromise the PS3 did have: the Bluetooth-based Sony Blu-ray Disc Remote Control. Thus, Sony has artificially made the PS4 one of the worst devices possible for media consumption Ė which is a true shame, since it should be one of the best.
However, PDP hopes to change that impression with the Universal Media Remote for PlayStation 4, which bears a comforting similarity to the previously available PS3 remote. Details are still sketchy, but the bullet points of features from the E3 2014 press release indicate that itís officially licensed by Sony, works via Bluetooth, includes an IR to Bluetooth adapter thatís compatible with other universal remote controls, offers IR-based control of a television, receiver and set top box, and includes a PS button for powering the PS4 on and off without needing a controller.
No word yet on pricing or availability, but considering how long PS4 owners have suffered without a good control solution for movies or streaming services... letís hope itís sooner rather than later!
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