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Sony announces CECH-ZRC1 Bluetooth / IR remote to bridge the home theater divide


Okay, we'll admit it. While mesmerized by the bling of Sony's purty silver satin PS3, the company's simultaneous announcement of its new BD Remote Control almost slipped past our gadget radar. Dubbed the CECH-ZRC1, thankfully in this new model Sony finally appears interested in settling the beef between the Bluetooth signal requirements of its gaming system and the IR needs of its other home theater products. Yes, this edition can support both control formats, and it's also grown a few new buttons that allow users to skip 30 seconds forward or 15 seconds back. Thanks to the use of AAA batteries, it's even had a bit of a tummy tuck. Currently the controller is scheduled to start selling in Japan at the end of March for roughly $44 -- only in black. While a US version may show up too at some point, if you're okay with introducing a non-Sony infidel into your HT family, Snakebyte's new PlayStation 3 remote will essentially do the same thing for the same price.

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