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Harmony Tips and Tricks: Controlling your Playstation 3 with a Harmony Remote

by Blogger ‎05-14-2010 03:54 PM - edited ‎05-28-2010 12:07 PM

Hi, my name is Dane Kalinic and I am a product specialist and voice of the customer analyst on the Harmony team. I am joining my colleague Omar on this blog to provide tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Logitech Harmony Remote.

 

Many people with a Logitech Harmony remote own a Sony Playstation 3 and use it as a Blu-Ray player for the fantastic HD experience.  Unfortunately, the Playstation 3 does not come equipped with an IR sensor so that it can be controlled with a universal remote.   Needing to use the Sony BD remote defeats the whole purpose of controlling everything with a single Harmony remote.

 

In May 2009, we released the Logitech Harmony Adapter for Playstation 3 which when used with any Harmony remote, allows you to control your movie-watching experience on PS3. It will also turn the PS3 on and off – and allow you to set up your Harmony activities to include the PS3 just as you would any other device. You also won’t need to dedicate any of your valuable USB ports to get that control.

 

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To start controlling your Playstation 3 with your Harmony remote you simply add the game console to your Harmony account, and then pair the Harmony adapter to your PS3.  Once paired the adapter takes an infrared (IR) signal from your Harmony remote, and then transmits a Bluetooth wireless signal that commands the PS3.

 

Getting the Logitech Harmony Adapter for Playstation 3 is probably the last piece of the puzzle to get complete control over your AV equipment with a single remote.  It makes the entire experience of switching from ‘Watch TV’ to ‘Watch a Blu-ray’ on a Playstation 3 with a Harmony that much easier for everyone.

 

Feel free to send us your comments.

Comments
by Trusted Expert / Community Ambassador on ‎05-18-2010 10:17 AM

While this sounds like a great addition for those of us with PS3s, what I would really like to see is an IR/Bluetooth hybrid remote that doesn't require the extra adapter box.

 

Also, one reason why I only use original remotes is that often there is a button or two which you cannot access without the original remote.  That renders the 3rd party remote useless in those situations.

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