I received the Japanese version from NCS Inc. for $39. All the labels on the remote are in English (see attached jpg), but the instructions are in Japanese which does me no good. I am using it with a US 20GB PS3 1.31 firmware. The package includes 2 AA batteries and the remote weighs 5 ozs incl the batteries. To install select Settings, Accessory Settings, Register Bluetooth device, Register BD remote control and hold the Start and enter keys on the remote for five seconds. The PS3 is very responsive to the remote. Being bluetooth the range of the remote is very good, I tested from about 50 feet from a different room with the doors closed and had no problems, you could probably hide your PS3 away and still control it. You can also turn the PS3 on and off by pressing the Playstation button on the remote for about 2 seconds. I have no idea if the remote would have any use with games but it looks good for media, if you can accept its lack of IR.
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12/14/06 at 4:06pm