PDP Official Universal Media Remote for PlayStation 4 Review

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Introduction


PDP Official Universal Media Remote for PlayStation 4 Review

PDP are one of the biggest aftermarket peripheral brands around, having had great success with products such as the AfterGlow controllers for Xbox and PlayStation, now they’re back again with another great addition, this time exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Sony’s latest console is a great hub for home entertainment, offering a fantastic Blu-Ray player, as well as a host of multimedia applications such as Amazon Prime, iPlayer, PlayStation Video and Plex, but there’s been one glaring omission from the setup; a remote control.

The PlayStation 3 had a Bluetooth remote for ages, so it was expected that one would be made available at the console launch, or at least very close to it, but nothing came to light. Now, all this time after release, PDP has stepped in to make the officially licenced controller and while it almost feels like too little too late, I’m sure many of you are happy to see that a remote has finally been made available! The question is, is the control any good?

“Enjoy the convenience of having one remote to instantly control the endless entertainment options of your PlayStation®4. Want quick and easy access to all your favorite TV shows, movies, music, and videos? Coordinate everything with the officially licensed Universal Media Remote for PS4 and manage up to 4 devices—PS4, Set Top Box, TV, and Audio Receiver. Whether you’re listening to music, watching a video, or settling down with Netflix for the night, the Universal Media Remote for PS4 puts you in control right from the comfort of your couch.”

All the features you could hope for are here too, as you can not only control the PlayStation 4, but also up to three additional devices such as your cable box, surround sound and more, meaning the PDP controller has the potential to be the only remote you’ll need to pick up for movie night. It also promises additional support for many of the multimedia applications that are available on the PS4, which is certainly a big benefit overall.

  • Intuitive Control: Enjoy a convenient way to navigate and control your PlayStation® 4 system with ease.
  • Command up to Four Devices: Control your PS4™system and up to three additional devices, including a TV, cable box and audio receiver.
  • Connects via Bluetooth: Uses Bluetooth to control your PS4™ system.
  • Dedicated PS4 Buttons:   Includes the most important buttons for navigating system menus and apps including the Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, and square), Share, Options, and PS buttons.
  • App Control:  At launch, the Universal Media Remote will be fully compatible with the following apps on PS4, with more to come later:
    • Blu-ray Disc Player
    • Crunchyroll
    • DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket
    • FUNimation
    • HBO GO
    • Media Player
    • NBA GAME TIME
    • Netflix
    • PlayStation Video
    • PlayStation Vue
    • Youtube

The packaging is nicely designed and shows off that official product badge proudly. PDP have a small logo on there, but overall this looks pretty much like a Sony branded package.DSC_5758

Again, we see that it has support for PS4 via Bluetooth, as well as other devices via IR.

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In the box, you’ll find a simple multi-language user manual.

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There’s not a lot here that isn’t obvious, but for setting up other devices to the control, you’ll likely need to read the booklet. Either way, it’s all fairly straightforward.

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A Closer Look


The remote is pretty much what you would expect in terms of general layout; it is a remote and it looks like one, simple as that. The ergonomics don’t look too bad, it’s quite slim and quite long, so should sit in your hand comfortably enough.

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There’s a huge amount of buttons on the remote, most of which you’ll likely not use for day-to-day use, and even less to operate the features of the PlayStation 4 its self. However, if you’re wanting to control you TV, cable box and surround sound, these extra functions will come in handy. There are four tab buttons at the top which allow you to switch between each device, which certainly makes things easier.

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The central controls are nicely laid out, and the D-pad is split with a directional pad and a centre enter button for ease of use. Around the edge, you’ve got page navigation too, for faster browsing and should you run into any more console-focused prompts, you’ll also find stock PlayStation symbol controls too, which makes navigating certain apps a whole lot easier.

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Further down, a PlayStation home button, multimedia playback controls, as well as master volume and channel controls. Overall, everything is nicely laid out, clearly labeled and easily understood.

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The build quality of the PDP remote is quite nice overall, it’s durable enough to survive being chucked around the room, but light enough to be comfortable to use. There’s a slight ergonomic curve to it too, which helps with the overall grip.

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A little bit of texture and some PS4 branding towards the base.

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On the back, you’ll find a small battery cover.

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Uh-oh! It seems that we don’t get batteries included in the box. This is a bit of a shame, as I’d like to think of this as a ready to use out of the box, but unfortunately not, so remember to pick some AAA batteries up at the store at the same time you purchase the remote.

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As I said before, the remote is quite long, but the slight curve in the ergonomics makes it feel comfortable to hold and you can easily navigate all the controls with your thumb. Nothing groundbreaking there, it’s a remote, but it certainly feels like a well made one and it’s pleasant enough to use overall.

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Performance

Setting up this remote is relatively easy, you can pair it with the PlayStation 4 just like any other Bluetooth controller and it only takes a moment to get through that process. One paired, the controller works just like any other remote and the added benefit of the PlayStation 4 features running via Bluetooth, is that you don’t have to point the control directly at the console in order for it to operate.

The ergonomics are really nice and comfortable, the remote fits nicely in the palm of your hand and it has a nice weight to it too. It does seem a little long at first, but given that you’ll spend 99% of the time just using the direction keys and the enter button, I never found it unwieldy at all. The buttons are soft touch rubber membrane switches, so they’re perfectly silent; no fear of bugging people with tapping sounds while watching movies.

Setting up the IR function of the remote is a little trickier, as it requires programming, but you can grab the remote codes for most devices easily enough with a quick Google. Once set up, you can use this remote to control your TV, surround sound, cable box and so much more. The remote is region specific, though, so be sure to buy the right model and not an import, or you may lose some of this functionality.

Switching between multiple devices is easily done, and it saves a lot of effort fishing around for multiple remotes to control your home entertainment setup. At the same time, this saves you from having several next to you on the couch at all times, one remote is obviously easier to manage.

Other than that, there’s not really a lot to say about the remote. It has all the features you’ll need and no doubt more buttons than most people will ever press. It ran through all our devices with ease and support for the controller on the various multimedia apps on the PlayStation 4 is very high, as we encountered no issues whatsoever.

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Final Thoughts


Price

Finding stock of this controller is providing a little tricky right now, as most UK stores are located on eBay and prices fluctuate constantly. currently, you’re looking at around £20-25 for one, but it’s worth shopping around as real UK stock becomes available.

Overview

It’s a simple bit of kit at heart, after all it’s just a remote control for your console, but I’m happy to say that’s a pretty great one overall. Working with it to watching a few movies on Blu-Ray, or through any of the available streaming services on the console was a breeze and a huge leap ahead of trying to use the ham-fisted functionality of controlling your media using official PlayStation controller; it is designed for gaming after all.

I’m honestly shocked that Sony didn’t launch the console with a remote controller on the market, it’s taken far too long to get one released and even then, it fell to PDP to step up and get the job done. Of course, it’s an officially licensed controller and it’s got all the features you could hope for, but that bitter taste of waiting for so long for this to be available will take a while to go away.

The build quality is great, the design is in keeping with official Sony hardware and added bonuses such as being able to control your TV and any other AV equipment with a single remote is a huge benefit. The price is just about right too, although if I could change anything about it, the inclusion of some cheap batteries to make it ready to use out of the box would be a welcome addition.

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • All the features you’ll likely ever need
  • Multi-device control
  • Easy to navigate
  • Native support in virtually all apps
  • The first officially licensed remote for the PS4

Cons

  • Limited availability (UK)
  • No batteries included

“PDP has done a great job with their new PlayStation 4 remote. It’s fairly straight forward design, but it has all the features you would expect and a few little bonus ones on top. If you use your PS4 as a multimedia hub, this is an absolutely essential purchase.”

Editors-Choice

PDP Official Universal Media Remote for PlayStation 4 Review

Thank you PDP for providing us with this sample.

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