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XBOX360 - PS3 + universal remote?

by kklein / January 22, 2008 6:58 AM PST

Tom Merritt did a Quick Tips episode showing how to set up your Harmony remote to control DVD playback on the XBOX360, by configuring your remote to operate a media center PC.... COOL! My question is, will this work on the PS3 as well? AND, will this work on the XBOX if I add the optional HD-DVD (or future BluRay - fingers crossed) player?


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by Jimmy Greystone / January 22, 2008 7:09 AM PST

Sure, it'll work. The Harmony remotes can communicate with any device that has an IR sensor so long as you program it properly.

You can either try and download some preset codes from Logitech, which covers an impressive array of devices, or you can have your Harmony remote capture the signal from the device's original remote.

I use my Harmony 659 to control my source selector, audio receiver, and Xbox... So at a press of a button, I can have them all configured for use with Xbox Media Center... My source selector is set to the right input, volume controls are mapped to my audio receiver, and the majority of the other controls are left to my Xbox. So much nicer than having 2-3 remotes nearby at all times.

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IR Sensor???
by kklein / January 23, 2008 12:45 AM PST
In reply to: Sure

I didn't realize the XBOX 360 and the PS3 had IR sensors... I thought they worked via Blue Tooth... that's why this is so confusing to me.
I have a Harmony 890 and understand the in's and out's of the device. I'm just confused... I hear one side that say's NO WAY, and than someone else (like you) say SURE!

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Not for video playback
by Jimmy Greystone / January 23, 2008 2:24 AM PST
In reply to: IR Sensor???

Not for video playback, they most likely will NOT be using BlueTooth.

Upon a little further looking, it appears as though with the PS3 you'll have to get an aftermarket IR accessory. The 360 should have an IR sensor on it already, and there's a Harmony remote designed specifically for use with the 360. I can't find anything to indicate it's not anything but a standard IR Harmony remote, just designed to try and cash in with a 360 style casing and some 360 specific presets.

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