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post #31 of 50
The problem isnt the new technology. The problem is de facto standard. The PS3 remote is the only remote available with bluetooth, that greatly limits peoples options. Nearly every CE device on the plan has an IR or RF module bulit in. Why not this. People I am sure would be fine if the PS3 had both a bluetooth and an IR, which are VERY inexpensive.
post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by stepmback View Post

The problem isnt the new technology. The problem is de facto standard. The PS3 remote is the only remote available with bluetooth, that greatly limits peoples options. Nearly every CE device on the plan has an IR or RF module bulit in. Why not this. People I am sure would be fine if the PS3 had both a bluetooth and an IR, which are VERY inexpensive.

Sony wouldn't sell their bluetooth remotes then. Some genius executive figured they weren't making much money on the unit so lets gouge the consumer by forcing bluetooth only and they will have to buy our remote.
post #33 of 50
I picked up a used PS2 remote with IR receiver from Gamestop for $2.99, that's right 3 bucks! The PS2 to USB adapter from RadioShmuck (part number 26-729) was 11 bucks. Programmed the PS2 remote into my Pronto and all is right with the world again. It really is a cheap and easy fix.

The aftermarket will bring a more elegant IR solution, but for now I'm pretty satisfied...
post #34 of 50
Just wondering if anyone has tried this and got the arrow buttons on their universal remote to work with the PS3?

I followed the instructions at Remote Central to use my MX-800 with a Playstation 3. My old Playstation 2 remote runs the PS3 as described in the article. I found that the MX-800 database contains codes for the PS2 remote under AUX/Sony.

I have everything working fine except that the arrow buttons (up, down, left, right) on the MX-800 do not work. The PS3 does not respond to them. The arrow buttons on the PS2 remote work fine although they are a little touchy, more than a quick tap results in really fast movement of the current selection on the screen.

I tried learning the codes from the PS2 remote but that doesn't work either. The MX-800 indicates that it learned the code, but the PS3 still does not respond to the arrow buttons on the MX-800. I tried all the tricks in the MX-800 manual (holding, tapping, fluttering, semaphore). In each case the MX-800 learns the code but the PS3 does not respond. I also tried teaching the PS2 arrow button codes to other buttons on the MX-800 but it made no difference.

I posted this over on the Remote Central forum. So far no solution but someone did reply that they have the same problem with the MX-3000. I'm wondering if this is unique to the URC brand remotes.
post #35 of 50
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Originally Posted by Adam Gutierrez View Post

I picked up a used PS2 remote with IR receiver from Gamestop for $2.99, that's right 3 bucks! The PS2 to USB adapter from RadioShmuck (part number 26-729) was 11 bucks. Programmed the PS2 remote into my Pronto and all is right with the world again. It really is a cheap and easy fix.

The aftermarket will bring a more elegant IR solution, but for now I'm pretty satisfied...

I doubt it. Knowing Sony, the whole purpose behind going bluetooth is to prevent third party remotes from competing with theirs.
post #36 of 50
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Originally Posted by jayselle View Post

Sony wouldn't sell their bluetooth remotes then. Some genius executive figured they weren't making much money on the unit so lets gouge the consumer by forcing bluetooth only and they will have to buy our remote.

Not trying to defend Sony because I agree that going bluetooth only and not providing I/R is stupid. However, $24 for a remote isn't really a gouging. Their controller does work too and if you don't want to shell out the $24, one can always make do with it until employing a USB solution or a new Harmony with Bluetooth comes along.
post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by jschefdog View Post

Just wondering if anyone has tried this and got the arrow buttons on their universal remote to work with the PS3?....

My problem with the arrow buttons on the MX-800 has been resolved. It is possible to teach the PS2 remote arrow buttons to the MX-800 using the "semaphore" technique described in the MX-800 manual, but it takes some trial and error. See this thread in the Remote Central Forum for details.
post #38 of 50
I just saw the blu tooth remote, and noticed the buttons are tiny and nothings backlit?

should pose some serious issues with front projection users? I think I would have problems seeing those tiny buttons in the dark?
Kind of annoying that I have to reach for my 880 to control the volume and the ps3 remote for the video playback

this also means activities buttons wont work either eh?
post #39 of 50
Is it really that bad?
I have a PS3 and a harmony remote and my Blu-Ray watching procedure goes something like this:
Press Watch Blu-Ray function on harmony to turn all other components to proper functions, Walk to PS3 with blu-ray disk in hand, insert disk, unit turns on and starts blu-ray, pick up PS3 remote sitting next to PS3, press top menu if commercials are played automatically, press play when main menu starts, watch movie.

Would it be better if I could do it all with one remote? Of course. But it doesn't seem like a deal breaker to me.

- Mike
post #40 of 50
it's a definite annoyance. A 3rd party IR remote would be most appreciated.
post #41 of 50
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Originally Posted by SCMO View Post

Is it really that bad?
I have a PS3 and a harmony remote and my Blu-Ray watching procedure goes something like this:
Press Watch Blu-Ray function on harmony to turn all other components to proper functions, Walk to PS3 with blu-ray disk in hand, insert disk, unit turns on and starts blu-ray, pick up PS3 remote sitting next to PS3, press top menu if commercials are played automatically, press play when main menu starts, watch movie.

Would it be better if I could do it all with one remote? Of course. But it doesn't seem like a deal breaker to me.

- Mike

Agreed, but I think it is more for the WAF than anything else.
post #42 of 50
Thankyou for the link and tip...nice solution...I will be back to one remote in no time.
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by RnB180 View Post

I just saw the blu tooth remote, and noticed the buttons are tiny and nothings backlit?

should pose some serious issues with front projection users? I think I would have problems seeing those tiny buttons in the dark?
Kind of annoying that I have to reach for my 880 to control the volume and the ps3 remote for the video playback

I have the bluetooth remote. It won't win any awards for design but is not too bad in a room with light. Difficult in a dark room unless you can learn the frequently used buttons by touch. However, the IR workaround which is the subject of this thread should allow you so use your 880 for direct access to the most important functions (menu navigation, play, pause, FF, RW, etc). You can also open the on-screen options menu to access all the functions available with the bluetooth remote. Once I got the arrow buttons working on my URC MX-800 I haven't needed to use the Bluetooth remote for watching movies.
post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by opfreak View Post

logitech/harmony is working on a remote for the ps3.

Please give more info, if you have it.

It's a logical step (especially consider the 360/550 remote Harmony did). I've always preferred URC to Logitech Harmony, but would certainly consider a Harmony that was somewhere between the 880/890 and the 1000 (I want one handed, smallish color touchscreen, with the aluminum of the 1000 is VERY attractive).

I'm using the Sony remote for the PS3. It's a pretty good remote for $25. I have migrated everything else to my Denon RC1024. The main thing keeping me from an MX900 or MX950 is the lack of Bluetooth... I wish Sony would revamp their Remote Commander Line (which largely blows right now) to a decent one handed setup with a color touch screen. This whole segment needs more competition!
post #45 of 50
Did the mod last night and works ok, just ok.

Problem is when you get to the DVD title screen, your IR ps2 remote directionals do not work. The only way (for me and a Harmony 1000) to work is: hit triangle and cycle that way.

This mod is way too much trouble for a couple buttons to work. In the end, you still need to use your ps3 remote/controller to start the movie.


I only tried this on 1 movie, but I assuming this is for all BDs since they come up in DVD menu/title mode.

Well have to wait till someone puts out a real IR sensor for the PS3.
post #46 of 50
Has anyone tried a media center IR to USB?
post #47 of 50
I am new to this sight and have a question on our (20gb) PS3. We have hooked up to the internet via
the ethernet connection, but now want to use the wireless. We were able to bring up the "wireless connection" before hooking up with the ethernet cable, but can't seem to bring it up now. Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?
post #48 of 50
You might get more response asking in the " One-and-Only PS3 as Blu-Ray Player Thread " at the top of this forum. This thread is about using IR remotes with the PS3 and probably not read by as many people.
post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by anam8tr View Post

Problem is when you get to the DVD title screen, your IR ps2 remote directionals do not work....

If by directionals you mean the up/down/right/left arrow buttons, I had the same problem with a URC MX-800 (see discussion above). For some reason I could not learn these buttons using the standard "press and hold until learning remote says OK" method. I was able to learn them by placing a DVD case between the two remotes and quickly moving and replacing it while holding the PS2 arrow button down. Others have reported that tapping the PS2 button quickly works. It took some trial and error but I eventually got the arrow buttons to work.
post #50 of 50
I hope the folks at Logitech are smart enough to find a suitable solution for current Harmony owners. If they're working on a Bluetooth remote, I'd find it hard to believe they're not coming up with an RF/IR/Bluetooth adapter.

I'm a Harmony 890 owner. I'd definitely spend $50-$75 on a new IR blaster that also had Bluetooth support for PS3 and future tech.
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