The PlayStation 4 can do a lot of great things, and one of those things is play DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Owning a PS4 eliminates the need for many media players if you manage the drive space properly. Something that the PS4 doesn’t come with that it sorely needed was a remote control. I don’t care how the button scheme is set up, there’s just something about controlling my movie through a game remote that doesn’t feel right. Working with a regular remote control most of my existence made me want a proper remote.
Thankfully the people at PDP have the ability to license awesome gear with Sony, which led to them creating the PS4 Media Remote. This remote control is about 1/4 inch slimmer than a standard iPhone or Android phone and barely ways more than a few ounces. The black design, the colors, and the button setup are made to look like a PS4 controller morphed into a standard remote, so it looks and feels like it belongs with your system.
The buttons themselves have a soft touch, like a smoothed over felt material that makes it very easy on the fingers. All the buttons work with the system currently in place with the PS4 remote, only designed better when it comes to actual play settings. The remote connects to your PS4 the same way the controller does: Bluetooth. It doesn’t take a lot to set it up, but the remote does disconnect after 30 minutes of inactivity, so you may end up pushing the logo button a few times when watching stuff. The batteries (AAA) are easy to replace and the back half of the remote slips on and off like a charm.
There isn’t a lot to say about the remote because it serves a simple function for media playback. But it takes a lot of the unnecessary button scheme mess that you have to work with on a game controller and turns it into a simpler design. It honestly is something that the PS4 should have come with long ago on its own, and it’s confusing why Sony didn’t bother to do it in the first place. If you wants a lot of media or have stored media files on your PS4, this is a must-own. Don’t think about it, just get it.