The Harmony Universal Remote Adapter solves that problem and allows for the Logitech remotes to function surprisingly well with the PS3... home entertainment enthusiasts around the world rejoice!
Logitech Harmony Universal Remote Adapter for the PlayStation 3 Details
- Extremely easy to setup
- Does not take up a USB port
- Supports all 51 PlayStation 3 (PS3) commands
- Allows for the PS3 to be the heart of your Harmony universal remote controlled entertainment system
- A little pricey for an adapter
- Slightly large
- Matt sliver bezel does not match PlayStation 3's styling
- Some report that it does not function well with PS3 Slim
The trouble with Bluetooth
While this may not be a big deal for some, for those who used their PS3 as a Blu-ray disk player, it was a nightmare. Even if you had a wonderful universal remote, you still had to use either the PS3's controller or the official PS3 remote to watch movies, so at the very least it required that you have two remotes to watch a Blu-ray.
This was a problem both for home entertainment aficionados, who have spent countless hours tuning their systems and hundreds of dollars on high-end universal remotes, as well as casual Blu-ray users who either get confused by having multiple remotes, or simply don't want the hassle of keeping two remotes around. One always seems to get lost, run out of batteries, or simply be on the other side of the room.
Whether or not multiple remotes is a hassle depends on the user, but not having the option to use one at all, due to the PS3's lack of a IR input and use of Blutooth was bordering on criminal, after all, the PS3 was touted, and is, one of the better Blu-ray players out there and a very flexible part of a home entertainment system.
One adapter to rule them all, or at least all of Logitech's universal remotes
Now, in all fairness, I had already configured the remote to work with the PS3, but the adapter was able to sync to the PlayStation 3 without a hitch and it worked perfectly right out of the box. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.
The real marvel of the little Harmony PS3 adapter is that is doesn't connect physically to the PS3 at all. Essential it's an IR to Bluetooth converter. It reads all the signals sent by your Logitech Harmony universal remote and converts them to Bluetooth. As far as your PS3 is concerned, you are using a Bluetooth remote.
The adapter not only allowed me to control Blu-ray disk playback, but all major PS3 functions. The Harmony remote can send all 51 PS3 commands. I used to to navigate the XMB, watch Blu-ray movies, streaming video from my PC, surf the web, and shut the PS3 down. It worked flawlessly, well for me at least.
The goods and the glitches
The Harmony adapter, and the remote, worked flawlessly for me, and I've been tickled with how much more a central role the PS3 now plays in my home entertainment system. But there are reports out there that not everyone is having the same experience.
Some folks around the web are complaining that the Harmony adapter causes interference with their PS3 controllers, or that it causes the controllers to disconnect, requiring you to resync them. Others say it doesn't work with the PS3 slim at all.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to substanitate these claims. But you should be aware of them, and keep your receipts just in case.
While the Harmony PS3 universal remote adapter may be pricey the unit I have has revolutionized my home entertainment center and allowed me to enjoy the non-gaming features of my PlayStation 3 more than ever before. While one can argue that the harmony remotes should have Bluetooth built in, the adapter is a solid solution that will allow you currently available Logitech universal remotes easily and quickly. Finally having one remote to rule them all has been an epic experience.