Logitech to give PS3 Harmony Remote support

It appears as if Logitech is about to silence the complaints of thousands of Harmony and PlayStation 3 owners who are frustrated with the system's lack of an IR (infrared) port.

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It appears as if Logitech is about to silence the complaints of thousands of PlayStation 3 owners who are frustrated with the system's lack of an infrared port. Those with Harmony remotes--or any universal remote for that matter--up until now have had to rely on clunky, hacked-up IR-to-Bluetooth USB dongles for their all-in-ones remotes to take control of their PS3. It seems the Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3 will play nicely with the line Harmony remotes right out of the box.

Among our largest concerns is whether the new device will have the capability to power on the PS3, something the IR solutions we've seen before don't handle as smoothly as we would have liked. There are no confirmed details yet, but a preemptive look at the FCC documents does include mention of Bluetooth and a separate power supply. Suffice to say, it sounds as this adapter will be able to power cycle your PS3. Imagine that.

You can be sure we'll have a review of this magical device the second it's available.

(Source: Engadget HD)

UPDATE: Since the publishing of this post, Logitech has spoke out about the device, shedding some light on some of the specific features of the Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3.

We can't give you all the details just yet, but we can say that this adapter will, 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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