It’s only taken Sony two years to figure out that people use the PlayStation 4 for more than just video games (which is a surprise because they certainly knew that was the case with their PS3).
Today Sony announced, via Twitter and their PlayStation Blog, that towards the end of October they will be releasing their new Universal Media Remote for the PlayStation 4 in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
The new Remote will use Bluetooth to interact with your PS4, but it can also be programmed to control up to three other devices (such as your TV, a cable box, or a
VCR audio receiver).
The biggest thing that I look forward to is not having all my controllers dead because I decided to binge-watch The West Wing on Netflix. I’ll also be happy to do away with the annoying announcements like “DUALSHOCK4 has been disconnected” when I let it sit idle for 30 minutes.
Unfortunately, still no word on any backwards compatibility with the Media Remote from the PS3. So whether you have an old remote or not, you’ll have to shell out $30 for this new one to work on PS4.