Logitech bringing PS3 'Harmony' to its remotes [update]


Considering all of the technology Sony managed to cram into PS3, the omission of an IR receiver -- something what was standard on PS2 -- still boggles our minds. It's also forced hardcore home theater junkies to invest in extra IR-to-Bluetooth hardware in order to control their consoles using a single remote. Engadget has stumbled upon an apparent answer to their prayers: a Bluetooth add-on from Logitech that will enable its Harmony remotes to work with PS3.

The E-R0001 "PlayStation 3 Harmony Adapter" turned up on the FCC's website, but has yet to be formally announced by Logitech. As such, there's no word on which Harmony remotes it will work with. We've contacted Logitech in hopes of finding that out -- along with other details -- and will update you when we hear back.

[Update: Logitech has updated its blog with more details on the device from global gaming product marketing manager, Troy Petersen. You can read his comment after the break.]

"Yesterday, an Engadget reporter did some digging on an FCC Web site and
uncovered our plans to manufacture an adapter that allows our Harmony remotes to control the PS3. We can't give you all the details just yet, but we can say that this adapter will, when used with any Harmony remote, give you complete control of 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."

This article was originally published on Joystiq.