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PDP - Official Universal Media Remote for PlayStation 4 - Black

Grab this PDP Universal Media Remote and start browsing right away. Utilizing a Bluetooth connection, the remote easily interacts with your PlayStation 4 and even allows use with your compatible TV, cable box or audio receiver. Command control of your PlayStation 4 with the remote's dedicated PS4 buttons, such as Triangle, Circle, Cross and Square, Share, Options and PS, so you can navigate menus and apps with ease. With this official remote in your arsenal, you'll be able to enjoy feature flicks and your next binge-watching session with ease.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • IR-to-Bluetooth adapter
    • Official Universal Media Remote for PlayStation 4
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1770 out of 2080)

    Features


    remote

    Easily control media playback and navigate your PlayStation 4 with this

    Connects to your console via a Bluetooth adapter for a reliable wireless connection from up to 30' away

    Enjoy ease of use with your PlayStation 4 with the dedicated PS4 buttons, which include Triangle, Circle, Cross and Square, Share, Options and PS for navigating system menus and apps

    Command up to four total devices, including most TVs, cable boxes and audio receivers, thanks to the IR signal

    Operates on 2 AAA batteries (not included) for reliable power


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 2080 reviews

    86%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Subpar Remote For a Great Console

      Posted
      Chester
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Back when I used my PS3 as my Blu-ray/DVD player, streaming device, game console, PC video/music hub Sony came out with a universal remote for the PS3 that was fantastic. It connected automatically to my Sony TV and receiver with no prep whatsoever & controlled everything perfectly. It was so great I bought a 2nd for upstairs and another for a friend. One would think Playstation would only improve on that great remote for their PS4 version, but instead as the only universal remote available for the PS4 it is riddled with issues. SOUND CONTROL NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE. Unlike any other universal remote I've used in the past 10 years (from cheap to expensive) this is the only one where I had actually select the AMP mode in order to adjust sound. It won't work if you're using the remote to control your PS4, TV, or other device without switching back & forth between 'devices' at the top of the controller. So if you use this remote plan to have to switch modes every single time you want to go from adjusting volume to doing absolutely anything else at all with it. LIMITED FUNCTIONALITY. It also didn't connect automatically to my Sony devices, but okay I went through the process of elimination with all the different pairing codes. When I finally got them matched, I found the menu functionality available from my PS4 remote was very limited compared to my PS3 remote. For one, I could no longer access all of the menus on my Sony TV. BATTERY ISSUES. I also realized this remote required a higher charge on the batteries before it became unresponsive than other remotes. I took the batteries that were working great in my PS3 remote & put them directly in the PS4 remote and it didn't manage to function (no button light up or anything). Put those same batteries in any other remote & they worked like a charm. I had to put in shiny new batteries before the remote would respond. So plan to get less battery life when using this remote. Inversely, the remote has to "power on" any time you wait too long between utilizing it, so expect delays when trying to pause or fast forward... all in the name of saving on battery usage. TONS OF MISSING BUTTONS. I found the PS4 universal remote was missing buttons that were on the PS3 remote. This remote has no 3D, angle, -/--, audio, subtitle, angle, display, slow/step bckwrds, slow/step frwds, L1, L2,L3, R1, R2, R3 buttons... they're all missing. I use audio, subtitle, & angle a lot so this was quite a shock for me. I really couldn't believe what an unusable piece of garbage this remote was. Obviously I returned it & will just have to settle for using my PS3 universal remote to seamlessly control every other device I have and use the game controller for my PS4... it's just so crazy.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good, not great...

      Posted
      mykS

      The disappointing tale of the PS4 media remote starts with the PS3; as in, the PS4 remote had very big shoes to fill, seeing how the PS3 media remote was the perfect piece of companion 'tech for your system. With that being said, the PS4 remote underwhelms. The construction doesn't feel as solid as the PS3 unit and worst of all, the size and shape are ungainly. Sony and the company they hired to make this remote should have looked at the Xbox 1 remote; that piece is small and is just as functional as the PS4 remote. So far, the media remote works as intended, but then again I would expect it to. However, the most annoying feature about this remote is its tendency to "go to sleep." I get it, the remote fancies itself as a power saver, but the problem is that every time you try to use the remote after a certain amount of time you have to "wake it up" in order to use it. If you're trying to pause a movie or something because Scarlett Johansen is coming on screen in a tight Black Widow outfit you'd better know how to use the rewind button, because you will miss the moment as your PS4 remote tries to wake itself up. Again, take a look at the Xbox 1 remote: it wakes up just by moving it and is ready to go before your finger finds the button. Also, look at the PS3 remote: it doesn't sleep at all, is always ready to go and battery life on that piece was just as good as anything else. In summary, the PS4 remote does its job, but it does so adequately, and with the annoying features of being too big, and being too difficult to wake up when you need to use it on a moment's notice. The sad thing about this situation is that you don't have other alternatives; this is Sony's remote and I hardly think that they will revisit this merely satisfactory piece of hardware. Buy this if you have $30 lying around, or you just hate the controller that much. Outside of those reasons, you could live without the PS4 remote...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Buttons are awful....doesn't work all the time

      Posted
      Notthebestbuy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is supposed to be the "official" remote but isn't actually manufactured by Sony. I previously purchased the official remote for my PS3 when I first got it and had no problems, so I got this one for my PS4. Big mistake. For starters, I would have expected the button layout to remain similar on the remotes from one gen to the next since the controllers did, but that is not the case. This remote also has smaller buttons with a smaller print than the old one. Not a big deal except the PS4 is billed as a streaming device likely to be located in a theater room or living room. In my home, this room is darkened when playing back content and finding buttons on this remote is a challenge. Would it have been so hard to make them backlit or even glow in the dark? In addition to the visibility problem, the arrow keys make significantly more noise compared to any of the other remotes I've used. You could say I was nitpicking on those issues but it's hard to ignore the fact that this remote just simply doesn't work occasionally. Sometimes it can't turn on the PS4, other times it fails to wake up after it goes to sleep. Other times it stops working while you are using it. In all cases, pulling the batteries out and reinserting them usually gets it working again. When it doesn't, you have to grab the controller to use your PS4 and then turn on the remote. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a dedicated remote for a device that you sometimes need to also use the controller for. On top of all that, mine seems to love batteries quite a bit more than it's predecessor as well. Hopefully, this device is revised but until then I would look at other options like a universal remote from Logitech.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It works pretty well with my ps4

      Posted
      MRRUIZ
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      I got this remote because i was draining the battery too much on my PS4 controller. I do like to play games on my ps4 but i also love watching my Anime on Funimation on the PS4 and thats where this remote came in handy. Not only does it properly control my apps on the ps4 like my ps4 controller but it also controls the volume on my yamaha RX-A740 receiver and even controls my Dish Hopper with sling by allowing me to change the channels and even access my Guide menu as well as my samsung UN65JS8500 4K SUHD tv. Its been doing its job fairly well. What it does to conserve battery vs the ps4 game controller is that after 30 minutes of no use the remote power's it self off and you have press the ps4 blue button right at the top of the remote below the eject button and wait for a solid red light to appear for a few seconds and then once it disapears, you can press whatever command button you want to access, like play, pause, stop or the main PS button to go back to the home screen. You cant play games with the remote control just incase you are wondering lol and if you try, it will ask you to connect a ps4 game controller. With that said i would recommend it. I gave it a 4 star rating because it does take some time or a few pushes to the ps4 button on the remote to get it to work again with the ps4 and if you want to access the tv or home theater receiver volume you have to press the tv or aux button to change the volume up or down and then press the ps4 button to utilize the ps4 again but its still a great alternative so you wont waste your battery on your ps4 game controller.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Not what I was hoping for

      Posted
      Alucard
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I read the reviews on this controller before purchasing it and decided to give it a go anyways, here's what I found: *Pairing was a pain, kept timing out before it would appear on my screen to select. Finally figured out to have it appear on screen, then put it into pairing again and select it then. Worked after that. *Paired with my TV, but is useless in that aspect. You keep having to hit the gray "TV" button just to adjust the volume, then the "PS4" button when you want to move things on the screen again *Not all controls work in different apps, here are some examples: -Hulu Plus - Can't go back out of a selection made (I hit the "O" button which normally does it on a controller too, it wouldn't work) -Netflix - Laggy response when fast forwarding/rewinding, constantly went farther than where I intended -Funimation - Similar to Netflix with lag, also had input lag when browsing titles (I'd hit right/left 2-3 times before it would move, then it would jump that many forward/backward) -Amazon Instant Video - It worked pretty well here, only complaint was when typing on the keyboard for search, it seemed like I had to hit "Select" on the controller a couple of times before the letter would register - DVD/Blu-Ray - This is where this controller really shines. It's near flawless, with my only complaint being what I'd stated previously in regards to volume adjustment All in all, I agree that this product is inherently flawed and feels very cheap in the hand as well. I will be returning it and putting my $30 toward getting a Harmony remote control.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      BUY WITH CAUTION

      Posted
      Danlaw83

      I wanted to give this less stars, but the DVD/Blu-ray functionality is perfect. Outside of that, this remote is rushed, at best. First of all, there is a known and seemingly (if you ask the manufacturer) not fixable problem with the programming of the AMP. It just doesn't program when you punch in the codes manually or automatically. Outside of the full functionality of the DVD/Blu-ray, you cannot control media and other apps properly. Once you get past the navigation of the main system menu screens, you have to go back to a standard PS4 controller to do anything, thus negating the reason for the Universal PS4 remote in the first place. All in all, as stated before, this product feels rushed and quite frankly unacceptable when a controller came out for the PS3 that has full functionality in everything you do with it. I hope there is another try with this or possibly a fix for the people that bought this day one that can rectify the situation. Again, please buy with caution.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Needs improvement, but ok

      Posted
      Gizmoduck
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      It functions like a universal remote. Not specific to any one device, and can't do what all my individual remotes can do. There are no batteries included...not a big deal, but when most devices now are rechargeable, and the batteries in the remote you are replacing have AA's and this remote takes AAA's....sigh. A rechargeable remote like the controllers would be great :) I could not use the auto sync to connect my TV, etc. I thought I was doing something incorrectly. A few forums later, and no, its not just me. I used the manual input codes at the back of the instruction booklet and that worked. The power button doesn't turn the ps4 off. Kinda annoying, maybe its that way so you have to scroll to the menu and pick the kind of off/sleep mode its in. There's no backlighting, so if you're watching something in the dark and want to use the remote, either get really familiar with all those tiny buttons, or have a light handy to see what button you're pressing. I can't scroll through the menu on my tv. I can access the menu just fine, but there is no button on that remote that will let me navigate through it, I've tried every one. As a basic universal remote to turn all your devices on and off, adjust volume, it works well and really saves ps4 controller batteries while using the ps4 for non-gaming purposes, but I've kept my other remotes if I want to change menu settings.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      better, but not perfect

      Posted
      r462
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      Finally, the PS4 has a media remote similar to what the PS3 had to offer. It's been improved a bit, as just breathing on it no longer causes the console to turn on (a problem I had with the PS3 version). Now you pair the remote to your system and turn it on by holding the PS button. Unless the system is in rest mode, then that doesn't work. Why? Don't know. You can hold down the PS4 button on the top instead, which seems to work when the system is in rest mode. On the plus side, I bought this for use with PS Vue, Sony's internet TV service, and it's great for that and much easier for someone who isn't used to the PS4's controller (like my wife) to work. Other issues include the way the interface is utilized with certain apps, or un-utilized, as is often the case. Not making all the buttons from the PS4 controller represented on the remote was a huge oversight, meaning app makers now have to remap certain controls to new buttons that don't actually correspond to anything documented, which is problematic when your device releases nearly two years after the system its meant to work with. Additionally, I played a game while still having the media remote active, and that screwed up how it functioned big time (no idea why). I had to make the PS4 forget the remote, then add it back to fix the issue, but that worked.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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