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Sony to ship new multifunctional PS3 remote

The CECH-ZRC1 has built-in IR and Bluetooth connectivity to operate multiple these devices and comes loaded with specialized gaming controls. But for now, it's Japan only.

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If you own a full suite of Sony A/V gear ranging from the Bravia HDTV to a home theater system and PS3 console, this is definitely a remote worth checking out. The new CECH-ZRC1 has built-in infrared (IR) and Bluetooth connectivity to operate all these devices and comes loaded with specialized gaming controls. This clicker also runs on smaller AAA batteries compared with the older PS3-only model that uses AA cells. The remote is expected to be out at the end of March in Japan for around $44. Details are scant at the moment, though it seems like there's still no backlight for the buttons.

Mum's the word on the availability outside of Japan, and we wonder whether it will even appeal to consumers who are not Sony diehards.

(Source: Crave Asia via Engadget HD)