Over the last few years, gaming consoles have also evolved into all-purpose multimedia devices, whether you want to play a game or kick back and stream a movie or TV show: for the PS4, the process of doing those things will be a little easier thanks to a new universal remote from Sony later this month.
Sony revealed over on the PlayStation Blog that the Universal Media Remote for PS4 will be coming in late October, with the remote to act as an all-purpose remote for easier access to movies, TV, and other content available on PS4.
Sony detailed that the remote will be coming later this month to the USA, Canada, and Mexico for $29.99. The specific release date isn’t quite firm just yet – Sony’s announcement hasn’t provided a specific date, while Amazon and Toys ‘R Us are both providing different dates (10/27 and 11/07, respectively) and may just be placeholders. But, we can at least expect it to arrive later this month, while pre-orders for the remote are available now.
The Universal Media Remote will use Bluetooth to connect to a PS4 console, while it can also be used to control up to three other devices, such as a TV, cable box, and an audio receiver. The remote will provide typical navigation options for TVs and other devices, while it will also implement buttons from the DualShock 4, such as the triangle/circle/cross/square buttons, as well as the Share, Options, and PS button.
At launch, the Universal Media Remote for PS4 will include support for the following apps and services, while more will be added in the future:
- Blu-ray Disc Player
- HBO GO
- Media Player
- NBA GAME TIME
- NFL Sunday Ticket
- PlayStation Video
- PlayStation Vue
The Universal Media Remote for PS4 will release in late October – in the meantime, you can check out a gallery of images of the remote below: