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If like me you use the PS2 for playing your DVD library then you may not wish to continue to use the standard controller due to it being wired and so purchasing this official Playstation 2 DVD remote control will enable you to play your DVD's from the comfort of your sofa or bed without needing to get up but is it worth paying out for one of these or should you just use the normal controller?
This remote control is a slimline remote control which is lightweight and fits in your hand comfortably which means you can easily control everything with one hand. I have found the ease of use to be excellent even with the large number of buttons on the control.
The dvd remote has all of the standard features of a standard dvd remote control with the added accessibility of the standard playstation controls added in. This means that you can easily use this control to access menu options and things without needing to get up and grab the normal controller.
The remote takes 2 AAA batteries and the battery life you get is very impressive so you won't need to worry about replacing the batteries too often and even when you do this is easy to do and also very much affordable.
The dvd remote comes with an infra-red sensor that you plug in to the gamepad port and a software disc that you install on to one of your memory cards to enable you to use all of the features of the remote.
The infra-red remote allows for easy and consistent control over your DVD viewing experience and it does not matter where you sit in the room as it works from pretty much any angle.
Overall I have been very impressed with this remote which looks the part thanks to being an official product from Sony. The remote is lightweight and simple to use so that it really does offer accessibility with ease. The controller is a useful piece of kit for your PS2 and something I recommend you have (even if many say that you should just use your standard PS2 control).
The Playstation 2 DVD remote is an accessory for your Playstation 2 which enables you to control the DVD playback wirelessly and with greater ease than the controller.
This Playstation 2 DVD remote comes with an installation DVD, The remote itself and a couple of decent Sony AAA batteries to get you going, Infra red receiver, and an instruction manual so thick you won't ever bother to read it but it makes a good doorstop or something to prop up a table with a dodgy leg!
The design of the remote is like the Playstation 2 console with a couple of ridges on it and some Playstation logos for good measure. The amount of buttons on this thing is astonishing and has every DVD feature you could want from chapter selections to angle control to standard play and pause features.
The installation DVD didn't seem to do anything but take up room on my memory card so I deleted the data and the remote still works for me, someone please tell me if it does anything! Another thing worth noting is you won't need the Infra Red receiver plugged into your console if you have the slim Playstation 2 as there is one built into the machine.
The remote is simple to use and perfect for people who aren't comfortable picking up a Playstation 2 controller when they want to watch DVD movies. It can also be used to browse the Playstation 2 menus so can be used for basic setup without bothering with a controller.
If you have a large DVD library that you like to play on your Playstation 2, this remote is an excellent bit of kit.
Before moving into my new place and purchasing a new DVD player my PS2 sat by the side of my TV and served me brilliantly as a DVD player - with the control doing a great job as a remote control - It started - stopped - skipped scenes and would fast forward. Everything I could possibly need. Strangely without mentioning anything I father presented the PS2 remote control as a Christmas present - He must have been stuck for ideas - thats all I can think - but I tried it out and over time I realised what a con the whole thing was.
The remote requires 2 x AA batteries to function and the software that comes with it has to be saved to the PS2 memory card - staggeringly the drivers use up nearly a quarter of a memory card!! Now if you save quite a lot of games to the memory card you'll find that you have to delete some of them to make room.
The remote has the usual remote control features that are standard across DVD remotes worldwide - play - pause - stop - fast forward - skip chapters - menu - display - subtitles. There is no zoom option unlike the X-Box remote and comes across as quite basic - It has nothing that makes it stand out as a piece of kit you really do need to own if you have a PS2.
Available for £10 this is an unnecessary purchase if every there was one. It basically does what can be done via the control pad that comes with the PS2 - the only difference being that you can move around the room freely using the remote which isn't possible at any distance with the control pad but in all honesty - how many of use wander around the room while watching a DVD?!?
A pointless product and had it not been a gift I would never have dreamt of owning one - DO NOT BOTHER BUYING!!
It's no great shock that the PS2 has already acquired an enormous amount of bizarre accessories. Some are superb, others are utter rubbish. On paper though, a remote control for the PS2 could be regarded as one of the sensible essential purchases that you may make. After all, the PS2 has DVD capability so if you're going to watch films on it you may as well do it with style. This little accessory from Joytech caught my eye quite some time ago for two reasons. 1: It's a compact unit. 2: It has a pass-through port. When you open the small box you will find a fairly bulky receiver unit and a teeny weenie remote control (about the same size as a memory card). Also, you can actually store the remote in one of the memory card slots so that you don't lose it. The remote's battery is already fitted (one of those slimline ones) and the receiver unit doesn't require one. So plug in the unit in to one of the PS2's gamepad ports (doesn't matter which one) and then you can plug a pad in to the passthrough port on the receiver unit. From experience I would recommend port 1 as you won't be able to use the remote at all times otherwise. Other than that - you should have no problems here. Build quality: The remote is VERY small although that can be good depending on how you look at it. I've actually got a programmable all for one remote so I don't actually use the supplied one. It does work well though (if a little over-sensitive - thing here is though that the same goes for my all for one remote so the sensitivity is obviously related to the receiver unit too. The receiver unit is (opposite to the remote) quite large. This of course is due to the passthrough port (which the official one from Sony does not have). It sticks out a good inch or two from the console and if you've got yours in full view it does nothing for the appearance - especially when you'
ve got a controller plugged in. Performance: As already mentioned it is a little sensitive (you may press a button once but it will perform the action two or three times). It does work well on the whole though and I found that you don't have to point the remote directly at the receiver which is a good thing (as I like to slouch!). Overall: I actually got this free when I joined Special Reserve so in effect it cost me £6.99 which is around half the going rrp. If I'm honest I'd have to say that I'm glad I didn't pay £12.99 for it although there are some good points to it. My advice would have to be go for the official Sony one. It's more expensive but the overall package is better. Unless you've got two controllers plugged in at all times of course in which case you'll love the passthrough port. MR.COATES
Another one of JOYTECH’s generally average accessories hits the shelves. This time it is a rather small and trendy sized remote controller that operates the DVD + CD functions on your PS2 or alternatively, if you’re a PS1 user, it can be used to control your music CDs or VCDs. (VCD plug-in component sold separately) This handy infra-red remote is about the size of a memory card and has all the button functions you could want especially when playing PS2 DVDs. These include navigation buttons, Menu and OSD* buttons and even a subtitle switching button. All these plus the usual buttons like Chapter Select, Play/Pause etc combine to create a very practical accessory. You may be wondering what the little remote ‘talks’ to in order to make the PS2 do what it is told. Simple! All infra-red signals need to be picked up via a Receiver Unit (RU), which is also found in the package. This small block plugs into either controller port 1 or 2 of the console and picks up all the signals from the remote. Just so you don’t have to keep unplugging the RU when you want to have a 2-player game, the RU allows for a game controller to be plugged into it, which is very convenient. Pressing the SWITCH button on the mini Remote Controller allows for you to switch between game controller and CD/DVD Remote Controller mode. Just like a Memory Card, the Remote Controller plugs into the Memory Card slot, which I assume may possibly charge up the Remote’s battery (included) when the console is on. The reason I don’t know about this is because the rather poor instructions included don’t tell you! Even though I have boasted quite a bit about this accessory, it has some major flaws as well. The buttons on the remote are extremely sensitive and so very infuriating when say you’re navigating DVD menus. Pressing the direction buttons can often send you going all sorts of places around the menus when you don’t want them to. I h
ave even noticed on regular occasions where pressing particular buttons on the remote may give out the incorrect command to the RU. e.g. Pressing the ‘Enter’ button has in times read the press as the ‘Stop’ command. Believe me that after a while, it can cause much frustration and you may well be tempted to return to using your game controller again. The only disadvantage to using this instead is that firstly it has a cable (which you don’t want especially sitting at far distances from your TV) and secondly you have to know what functions each of the 4 pretty symbols on the PS controller do. These are most likely the reasons you even thought of spending out on a Remote Controller. Overall, it is a smart looking kit with some nice touches, but I don’t recommend purchasing it at £14.99. If only the functionality of it was better, it could well have been worth the money. *OSD (On Screen Display)