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Everyone knows the PS3 comes with one of the best Blu-ray players around however the regular controller is actually terrible as a remote. This little cracker really does the business in that respect and it's bluetooth connectivity means that if you store the PS3 in a television cabinet and keep it out of the way.
As it only switches on when you choose to switch it on, the batteries seemed to last a lot longer than most regular remote control.
I have been using this for nearly 4 years and have never had any problems with it - it's actually outlasted my actual PS3 which has sadly ran up against the yellow light of death.
This is a great, reliable product and I think it's actually incredibly good value for money given how long it's lasted after years of use. Of all the accessories you can now by for the PS3, this is the only truly essential one.
I have owned a ps3 for years now, evey Christmas my family will get me games or something to jazz up my ps3. This year my parents spotted this and got it for me, it's basically a remote control for the ps3 which can be used instead of the controllers to operate the ps3. It's can be used to play DVDs and blu ray disks. You can also used it in games, but it really just doesn't work for that at all. I will now go into more detail on the product and explain why I really don't see the point in spending your money on one of these!
You can get these from many shops, the average price I have seen them to be is £15, but some places sell them for less and some for more. I can't tell you how much mine was as it was a gift and I wasn't told. This is a very expensive price for something that is not entirely nessasary, if it was cheaper, then maybe it could justify having one. I think it's just a way for Sony to make more money from us.
What does it do?:
It is a remote loaded with functions, such as the usual play. Stop. Rewind.skip. It does everything a normal remote would do. It has numbers at the top which are used to select scenes and it has the square, circle, traingle and x buttons. I connects up to your playstation and allows you to use it just like a DVD player or blu ray player. It has a nice weight to it too, it's not too heavy. I don't doubt that it is a good piece of kit, I just really don't see the point in it, I have only used it a couple of time! I much prefer to use the ps3 contollers. They are over charging for this.
I would recommend you avoid this and save you money. If you see one for a bargain price then consider it. I don't agree with paying £15-20 for it. You may aswell just use your ps3 remote. I'm glad mine was a present and that I didnt she'll out my own cash for it.
This gets 2 stars from me, it's a useless device and is too much money!
Thanks for reading.
After getting play tv for the playstation I decided to invest in a remote to make things easier. You can just use the normal controller for the play tv and for watching dvds/bluerays but the remote makes things so much easier.
The remote is easy to use, just need to follow the written instructions to "pair" it with your ps3 and then you are ready to go. it has all the buttons you would find on the ps3 controllers ( circle, square, x ect) plus all the other controls you would normally find on a standard tv/dvd remote control.
I have had the remote about a year and have changed the batteries for it once, whereas my tv remote I've had for 2 years and never changed the batteries which suggests it uses a bit more power than a normal remote would. Not a major problem but is worth noting.
If you are big into watching dvds and bluerays on your ps3 and/or have play tv I would definitely recommend getting this as it makes things much easier.
I bought my PS3 not just because it's a great games machine, but also because it's a high spec Blu-Ray player as well.
This was important to me as I'd had a HD camcorder for a while but no way to play back the discs unless I used my PC or connected the camera to a TV with HDMI input.
First impressions were that the remote was quite large, but there are a lot of buttons and so I can't really see it being made any smaller in width. Its more-or-less the same size as most TV's, especially Sony models.
It fit's well in your hand and features all the button controls on a PS3 game controller. That's useful for navigating the PS3 menus etc, but the features this remote has that are really useful, and let's be honest what you would buy it for, are the menu buttons. You get play / stop, next and scan forward and backwards along with many more buttons to control your DVD or Blu-Ray playback and settings.
This official Sony remote uses the official Sony Bluetooth connection and so a quick press of the Playstation button will connect it with the PS3 (and automatically switch on the PS3 as well). There is no need for a USB module to make this compatible with the PS3.
The range is very good and if you have the PS3 connected to another room like I do, it works through walls in the house so you can control the PS3 even when not the room it is installed in. This is great and far better than traditional 'line of sight' infra-red TV remote controls.
The remote has many features and options that I don't really use. I just wanted the normal play controls and menu buttons. In my opinion, it looks like it has everything that you'd expect a standalone Blur-Ray player remote would have - maybe more.
The remote is powered by two AA batteries that last well and you can check the battery level by pressing a button, which is then displayed on screen.
Overall, a great quality official Sony product that I'd recommend.
Having purchased a Playstation 3 console mainly for gaming I was amazed with the quality of sound and image quality you get with films which are on blu-ray disc over DVD and so I decided to ensure that I could use the blu-ray playing features of the console to the fullest but does the official blu-ray remote control really make a difference?
This remote control uses bluetooth connectivity to communicate with your PS3 console and thanks to this you will have exceptional reception when you use this. I have been very impressed with just how good the connection is from the remote and no matter what angle I have used this from I have found the console responding to the instructions I am issuing.
The blu-ray remote is slim, lightweight and well designed so no matter if you are left or right handed you will have the fullest control over the playback of your blu-ray you are watching. The design of the buttons allows for your to be in complete control over playback with ease and I have found it to be extremely simple to use and setup so that no matter if the person using this is not someone who enjoys gaming they will still be able to use this remote.
The controller is able to switch on and off the PS3 console so that if you are watching you blu-ray in bed then you can switch off the PS3 itself without needing to get out of your bed (although I have my PS3 in my living room I have on occassion used this function when I am just being too lazy to go and switch off the console at the main button).
Providing power for the remote is very simple as it uses 2 AA batteries which are easily replaced when your existing ones have run out (no screws and things like some remote controls nowadays). The 2 AA batteries allow for this to be lightweight when compared to the weight of a rechargeable battery in the remote and as the batteries are available for a reasonable price (non specific to any manufacturer) for the life you will get from them then this is a good option to have gone for.
The remote costs you around £15 to £20 normally which may seem like a lot for an add-on but as this is a piece of kit that opens up the PS3 blu-ray playing features to the non gamer in the household then this is great value. The remote is also very well built and will last you so that it is money very well spent.
Overall I have been very impressed with the quality of this remote thanks to the bluetooth connection allowing for me to control the playback without needing to be sat right in front of the console itself. The size, weight and feel of the remote are all very good and in my opinion offer you a great piece of kit for the money you are paying for this accessory. Thanks to the black colour and classic lines this is a sleek looking remote which I am happy to leave out on the side alongside the other remotes for my TV, dvd player, Sky tv, etc.
The PS3 remote is purely a money making ploy from Sony. Its clearly a nice to have item as opposed to a need to have. This does nothing the actual PS3 gaming controller doesn't.
Another problem is the sensitivity of the remote, just by picking it up I tend to press buttons I didn't and then it will normally mean I have to restart the PS3 to get back to the main menu of the disc. Why this happens I have no idea but it has happened a number of times and is rather annoying.
One benefit is that it is easier to use for people that aren't used to gaming controls, in that it is similar to the normal DVD/ Blu Ray Remotes. However even that is a disadvantage as there are lots of buttons (more than normal) that really aren't necessary or add any value.
This runs on 2 x AA batteries and can't be recharged like the normal wireless controllers so to sum up I really would avoid buying this item.
Sony Blu-Ray Disc Remote Control PS3
When purchasing the playstation 3 this item was on the top of my wish list. The playstation is a great blu-ray player however the controllers are far from great remotes for when you are viewing DVDs and Blu-Rays, this remote control however is great.
The controller has a very good weight and feel about it and is very much like a normal tv or dvd remote and has all of the right buttons in the right places. There is play, pause etc and everything that you would expect on your typical remote control. A real bonus for me over the over remotes is that you have the eject button, this is useful when you are turning the PS3 off remotely and don't want to turn on the playstation again in the morning to eject the disc you finished the night before.
The battery life on this remote is great, the 2 AA batteries slip in the back and seem to last for ages.
Now finally I am going to come to my favourite aspect of the remote, it is Bluetooth, this means that you don't have to point at the TV or have direct line of site in order to pause or anything, I wish all remotes had this feature but of course most equipment is not capable of utilising this.
The one thing that I don't really like about this product is the price, I think being an official Sony product and being Bluetooth it is a bit steep for a remote but I also think it is just about worth it.
Well i'll lay out the basics of what i think about this product right now:
- Although its a nice luxury to have, its not really needed, everything on the remote can be done with the PS3 gamepad by using the On Screen Display.
- There is a wide range of buttons, even more so than a DVD remote.
- The controller can be used to play games, in some slow paced games it could be used as an additional controller.
Well there you have it, its a nice piece of kit, but not really needed in my opinion, only reason why i have one is that it came with mine when i bought my PS3.
As i said before, there are lots of buttons, too many to list, however i will list those of which you can use in games as a standard controller.
- Arrow keys (Function as the D-pad)
- PS Button
- L2 in the form of a button
- R2 in the form of a button
- L3 in the form of a butoon
- R3 in the form of a button
So as you can see, although you may not be able to use it quickly, for a slow turn-based game or something similar, it could be used to play with. It can also be used to navigate the menus. Also all games will support the remote, it is viewed as a standard controller, although you may need to reassign the controller from the 'Accessory Settings' menu on your XMB.
The controller connects via bluetooth to your PS3, so you will need to register the device before it will work. Unfortunately many people have trouble with registering the remote, including me. Sometimes it will right itself, although it seems that formatting your PS3's HDD does fix the problem, make sure to back up all important data to a USB device. This was probably the main reason for the average rating i gave the remote.
If you use your PS3 as a media hub, sure go ahead, buy the remote. But if you only watch movies every now and then, you'd be better off just using your controller.
The remote also requires 2xAA batteries to run.
If you're using the PS3 to watch films, either on Blu-Ray or DVD, this remote is extremely useful and much more suitable than simply using the limited functions of the PS3 controller.
Although movie playback is certainly possible with just the controller, this remote gives the PS3 more of a media centre usability. I also found using the controller quite irritating due to having to remember what each button is assigned to and the common occurrence of accidentally hitting the wrong one.
The remote is fairly long and very similar to the Sony Bravia remotes. It is however, conveniently light and comfortable with the more important buttons such as Play, Pause and Stop located at the bottom of the remote and made larger than the others. There is also an eject button which I've always thought is a little pointless as you have to go over to the PS3 to change the disc anyway... but it does turn the console on too.
Overall, if you have Play TV and/or frequently use the PS3 for movie playback then this accessory is definitely a must have. It's dropped in price considerably now and can be found for under £15 in most places.
This blue tooth remote control is essential if you ever use your PS3 for Blu-ray's or media playback as its too easy to press the wrong button when using the Dual Shock controller.
The unit is quite chunky and solid with well placed buttons that mimic most of the functions the Dual Shock controller. It takes 2 AA batteries which last for ages. The amount of charge left is also displayed on screen when you press the PS button so you can monitor how long is left.
It doesnt have an analogue nub so you have to make do with directional buttons which can make using the PS3 Internet browser a bit fiddly.
The remote is also not very good when using the PS3 version of the BBC's iPlayer. The controls are poorly thought out and the directional buttons wont move the cursor around the screen.
Another point to note is that if you turn the PS3 off at the plug or via the switch at the back then the remote wont function until you start the PS3 up again via the power on button on the front. Presumably switching off the power breaks the blue tooth connection. If the PS3 is left in standby then you can switch it back on with just a press of the remote.
Overall this is a must for Blu-ray / media playback but can be a chore to use for any other other PS3 functions (and it wont work for games obviously).
When I first realised that Sony were selling a Blu Ray remote control for the PS3, my response was: why bother? With the PS3 controllers being wireless, why part with £15 to do the exact same thing your PS3 controller can do anyway? While it might benefit the lazy and those who are using the PS3 just as a Blu Ray player, I can't really imagine why any gamer would waste money on this when the controller itself works fine.
As a general remote control, it is pretty good, though, and is at least well laid out for those who can't get to grips with the PS3 controller (presumably your parents and or girlfriend). However, as a lot of other people have said, it is almost hyper-sensitive, meaning that laying down a plate of chips next to it creates enough force to turn it on pretty much. You then have to wait for it to finish booting before turning it off again, and it's not very good for the PS3's hardware to keep switching it on and off due to the poor design of the remote control. Still, as long as you keep it out of reach when you don't intend to use it, it isn't a problem.
Still, the question poses itself: why bother? If you're a gamer, who is quite content with pressing the select button to bring up the internal Blu Ray menu, it seems utterly pointless to bother with this remote. I have enough remotes already, and while it's understandable with consoles like the Xbox, where you COULDN'T control DVDs with the Xbox controller, I just don't see why any gamer would bother with this, even if it does look nice.
This remote is an absolutely fantastic addition to any PS3 setup, even if you only watch films from time to time. Using the PS3 controller to do anything other than play games on the PS3 can be somewhat tedious, I can't remember the amount of times I've accidentally knocked the analog sticks during a film! This remote uses 2 AA batteries, and once inserted, its just a case of following the instructions supplied and going into the PS3 settings and pairing the remote with the console. The remote gives you all the same features the controller would do, and more. It has buttons such as 'AUDIO', 'SUBTITLES', and 'DISPLAY' all aimed towards film watching. Best of all, the remote is Bluetooth, as opposed to IR (hence the 'pairing' required). As a result you don't have to point it at the PS3 its self, you can point it anywhere within a 15m area and it will still work!
A complete necessity for anyone planning to use their PS3 as a DVD, BD-ray or multimedia player.
This is a well built, sturdy remote to aid using your PS3 for all multimedia. It has all the buttons you could want for playing DVD's and blu rays and can be easily used to navigate the system. It feels fairly weighty and solid in the hand and is well laid out making using it easy. The keys dont glow in the dark nor do they light up so using it in the dark is nigh on impossible. The only major issue I have with this remote is that at the press of any of the numerous buttons it will turn the PS3 on. A little annoying for anyone who keeps the remote in a place where its going to be often knocked. The keys are also quite sensitive so at the slightest touch the PS3 is turned on.
Overall I would consider this an essential accessory for anyone with a PS3 and the intention of using it for any form of multimedia.
I had to buy this on release with my PS3. These remotes are the best ones for the system they are simple to use and totally help the PS3 experience,especially in the media section.
Now this remote runs on 2AA batteries, and I have only just had to replace them 2 years on. The remote itself is blurtooth and super easy to configure to be paired with the PS3. Once paired the remote can be used to navigate through all the menus in game.
The remote makes super light work of playing dvds and bluray and really makes the experince a lot quicker and easier. The button layout is simple and effective everything is pretty easy to find and well spaced out. all the important buttons are big and this helps you not haveing to look at the remote when you wanna fast forward a scene or pause the movie.
This will also work with any of the media playback on the PS3 such as watching videos and playing music etc. Anything else such as changing settings can be done with this remote too and makes a lot of thigns easier.
If you want a remote this is the one to get. And althought it might seem a little pricey if you actually use it, it becomes worth it.
I had used my Playstation 3 as a Blu-ray for 2 years before I finally decided to purchase one earlier this year and only then because I bought PlayTV.
It is a standard remote control - play button, pause, fast forward etc but it uses blue tooth technology so you don't need to point it directly at a light sensor to use it.
Unlike with the sixaxis controller which connects to the PS3 via a USB lead and is ready to use straight away, the remote control has to be sync'ed up to the system which can be slightly time consuming. Another advantage with using the sixaxis is that you can charge it when connected to the USB lead - the remote control uses batteries so you will have the additional cost involved with that.
As mentioned at the start, I used my sixaxis for use with blu-rays and had no problem, it was only once I bought PlayTV that I needed a Sony remote controller (for teletext, typing in the channel number manually etc) so although it's a handy item to have it's far from essential.