Caught! We’re Going to Provide You with Logitech Harmony PS3 Blu-ray Control

Hello, I’m Troy Petersen. I’m a product marketing manager for gaming products, based in Logitech’s Fremont, Calif. office. I’m a huge sports nut and former sports journalist, and love playing golf (badly) and softball — though my new “hobby” of being a dad is my most rewarding activity. I’ve been with Logitech for more than six years and involved in tech for a decade.

I love my PLAYSTATION 3, especially the fantastic HD experience when watching Blu-ray movies. I’m also a huge fan of our Harmony remotes.

Harmony 3

Yesterday, an Engadget reporter did some digging on an FCC Web site and uncovered our plans to manufacture an adapter that allows our Harmony remotes to control the PS3. We can’t give you all the details just yet, but we can say that this adapter will, when used with any Harmony remote, allows you to control your movie-watching experience on PS3. It will also turn the PS3 on and off – and allow you to set up your Harmony activities to include the PS3 just as you would any other device. You also won’t need to dedicate any of your valuable USB ports to get that control.

We’ll have more information very soon, including pricing and availability. We hope you can wait just a little bit longer!

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  • I already have the original BluTooth remote wich was $24.95, but I absolutely love your remotes (I have two of them, including an 880). Now, please price this item so I can kiss my actual PS3 remote goodbye! If it’s too expensive, I’ll keep it, since I already have it, but if the price is right, put my name on one as well!!!

    Any chances to have a full remote with blutooth built-in as well? Nothing on the PS3, but everything inside the remote? I kind of like the fact that you don’t need line of sight with Blutooth! In fact, if built-in, it could also come with a IR-Blutooth transmitter so you could control many devices out of sight…

  • Oh thank g-d… you have no idea how much I wanted this!

    PS3 is great but it’s online blu-ray menu is completely unusable… strange considering the rest of the interface is pretty good!

  • Right there with ya Real Gambler… Hopefully future Harmony remotes have bluetooth built in! The Bluetooth to IR transmitter would be awesome as well.

  • @Real Gambler

    They already have the Logitech Harmony 890 which uses RF to control IR devices out of sight. It isn’t a new feature. I’m not sure why they don’t use bluetooth instead of RF, but I’d guess RF has better range and reliability. I’ve had to sync my 890 two or three times, and that is already too annoying.

  • Sweet! Logitech knows how to build one thing really really good and thats remotes and I welcome this move by them by adding this to my shopping list for my PS3

    the fact that the best selling universal remote is theirs says it all

  • Very excited to get this when it comes out so I can use just one remote for my entire home theater system! Good job, Logitech!

  • Oh God…. Finally…
    i’d been using the nyko BluWave IR Receiver and codes… but that little peice of junk can only do so much.

    Where’s the line? Take my money, please? I want one of these puppies now!

  • Oh god yes.

    I’ve been on the fence about the Harmony remotes since it wouldn’t help my PS3 but this would totally solve that problem. I am hoping it’s priced fairly.

  • What if one has two PS3′s Region A and B, I use the nyko dongles at present with the Harmony 1000, does one need two of these and the remote set up to handle 2 PS3′s?

  • Hot Damn ! been wanting a Harmony but been holding out for a Bluetooth IR remote
    which hopefully Logitech is working on as we type. In the mean time this will definitely hold me over till then.

    “Happy Happy Happy JOy JoY joY”

  • The sweet spot price for this is 59.99, and thing more, it would not appeal to anyone of us who already have the Sony remote.

  • I’d pitch my Sony remote for this. I’ve been waiting for this from someone like Logitech, and holding off on a new harmony because of it. Thanks!

  • @ChrisBlaze $60 is NOT the sweet spot. That’s way too much. At $60, I’d rather use my sixxaxis or just drop $25 on the Sony remote.

  • 60 bucks for a pass-through? When the official Sony remote is, what, $20 (on Amazon)? ChrisBlaze, you may want to rethink that position… Doesn’t sound rational at all.

  • Yay, it’s about time. I’ve been waiting two years for logitech to make a blue tooth harmony remote compatible with my PS3.

  • This is great news, but is there any chance of getting a Harmony remote with Bluetooth (and IR) functionality built-in without needing an external adapter?

  • This is great news! We just need a release date and a reasonable price! BTW, any chance there will be updates for the Logitech diNovo Mini to use/complement the PS3 and this device? Thanks and keep the good news coming!

  • If it’s not using a USB port then how is it powered? Are we going to have another darn power plug to make room for?

  • I wonder if this can also be used for other Bluetooth devices as well, such as the Wii (just to turn it on). It would be great to have my harmony 1000 control everything in my equiptment rack.

  • Great news! All we can hope for now is a swift release (in Europe too) and a reasonable price.

  • As an owner of three Harmony Remotes (2 880s and a One) and two PS3s, I agree that this is something long overdue.

    I was hoping Bluetooth would be included in the Harmony One. That would have really set it apart from the 880 and 890/1000 (other than the touch screen).

    In terms of pricing, I fear Logitech will attempt to gouge us. The expectations have been set but those providing less than ideal solutions but almost all come in a less than $50.

    For about $15 or less you can get a IR dongle that handles all but power functions.

    For $25 or less you can get the official BT Remote from Sony.

    How much more above that $25 would I be willing to pay for a single remote considering I’ve already made a substantial investment in Harmony remotes? Maybe $10 to 15 more than what Sony Charges for their remote.

    I also fear that even with this solution, there will be latency issues since the signal needs to be translated from IR to BT then broadcast to the PS3.

    How about building a Harmony One+ with IR/RF/BT all built in! A remote that intelligently knows the correct signal to send to each device for maximum performance.

  • I agree with the likely $60 pricepoint. Although it seems a bit high for what it does, these IR to BT converters are not cheap. In fact, going price for what’s out there now is between $90 and $150, so $60 would be well below market right now. Now I’m glad I picked up a cheapo Nyko Bluwave and waited for something like this to come along from LT. Can’t wait to pick one up.

  • 60$?
    Really…?
    It cost me 20€ for the Sony remote…
    And I would love to have only one remote to control everything, but 60$/€ for just a converter..
    No way…That’s crazy!
    I would pay 20-30€ at the most if someone would buy my old Sony remote…
    It’s not that big of a deal to have two remotes..=)

    And what is with Logitech and Bluetooth?
    I love their products, but I would love to get rid of the dongle of my mouse and keyboard..
    What’s wrong with bluetooth..? Why not use that since you don’t need those stupid dongles..?

  • My Harmony One and PS3 will be a final touch with this device added to my Home Theater.Thanks Logitech

    I suppose it will be sold in stores like Best Buy!!??

  • $60 is a fair price point? Give me a break, that’s way too much. This is a pretty simple device, if mass produced I think it should be in the $20 range.

  • I love my Harmony remote. Controls everything exactly as I need, except for the PS3 of course. I would love to control the PS3 with my Harmony. Heck, I would buy a new Harmony that included BT controls.

    This device? I’m skeptical. I’ll watch for reviews – if there are any delays, it won’t matter what the cost is (I’m already not using the cheapo IR device I picked up for the PS3 because of this). If there are no signal delays, then price will be important.

    No way is $60 the sweet spot. That’s how much my Harmony 659 was. The Sony BT remote is commonly $19.99 CDN at stores around here. If the cost is much more than the Sony remote, its value drops significantly. At the $60 mark, I would rather see a real remote with BT. Which really makes me wonder – is this the wrong product? Why not just make a better Harmony remote?

  • This sounds great, but please (if someone ever reads these) be careful about the pricing. Anything higher than 1.5x the price of the original Sony remote may be uncompetitive, as based on a quick poll around our office here – a load of PS3 owners here. It’s just having “only one” extra remote in addition to the Harmony, and one could always even use the Sixaxis.

  • I was thrilled when I read the message on engadget.com!!!
    At the moment I am using the Nyko IR dongle incl. it’s limitations to control the PS3.
    I never took the step to order one of those experimental home made devices which could power on / off the PS3, but I certainly trust Logitech on his products!

    Can’t wait when this device becomes available in The Netherlands!
    Any release dates / prices known?

    Logitech, thanks for making my home theater complete!!

  • I was going to comment on the poster (and eventually posters) that said $60 is a good price point, but others did. I’ll say it anyway, $60 is NOT a good price point and I wonder what those poster’s logic is behind it. $60 to control just one device? I too will spend the $20 on the Sony remote, or just continue using the SIXAXIS for free. If Logitech gets it done for $20 and no more than $25, then yeah, I’d be at BB picking one up. As stated, a $60 device to use one unit through an already $100+ remote (depending on the version) is just nuts.

    Logitech, thank you for making a great (when it charges…yes, I still have that issue) remote, but please don’t sell this add-on for a retarded amount.

  • @donny

    I think the device they are developping are going to make a whole lot of users happy, it will work with all remotres currently out there. Except for the PS3, is there anything else that is controlable through BT ? I rather buy this then pay for another 200$ remote.

  • I have an 890 (upgraded from a 550), and I would love the ability to fully control my PS3 using this device.

    I can also state that I would have much rather had the Harmony One (much better button material and layout than the 890), but I was surprised that it didn’t have the RF ability.

    I would really like the idea of a One+ that uses bluetooth to communicate to a next generation RF remote IR transmitter. That way the One+ could control a PS3 without anything extra AND a secondary remote IR transmitter device could be bought for remote installations. Another huge win for this would be if the Bluetooth protocol was open and you could write programs to communicate with the remote IR transmitter.

  • If this uses (or has the option to use) a different IR code set than the PS2, I’ll probably bite – that’s my biggest complaint with the IR2BT. I’ll finally get to take the tape off the IR receiver on my PS2.

  • Blame Sony for the incompatibility, not Logitech. Who the heck uses Bluetooth remote with a living-room device? My own theory is that Sony did it deliberately in order to placate manufacturers of dedicated Blu-ray players, who knew they’d be competing with low-ball pricing on the PS3 (given Sony’s death-struggle with Microsoft for the gaming business). Requiring consumers to shell out for a remote makes the PS3 just that little bit less of a threat as a movie player.

    The IR2BT (http://www.ir2bt.com/) was a great solution. I’ve been using one for months, and it’s simply a no-brainer: cheaper than the Sony remote (originally, anyway), and opening the door to the total flexibility of the Harmony line. Works flawlessly, no latency problems at all, and doesn’t use up a USB. (Other than optionally to draw power, in lieu of eating batteries; I’ve got it plugged into the useless USB on my cable box.) Unfortunately, the original IR2BT is no longer available, replaced by a more-expensive device apparently targeted at up-scale home theater installations.

    Of course, it’s great to see a Logitech branded product. The Harmony line is incomplete without PS3 support. But I have to hope Logitech has bought out the pioneering lone-wolf creator of the IR2BT rather than reinventing his solution. (Hopefully, this is the explanation for the phase-out of the original IR2BT.) This guy really picked up the ball and ran with it, and deserves all the success there is.

  • Thanks to all for the enthusiasm and comments. As I mentioned, we’ll have more details soon. Please stay tuned!

    -Troy

  • Thank god! I hate my nyko dongle. Now I will truly be able to control everything with my harmony 550, my dinovo mini, and mx air for mouse intensive activities. Keep up the good work and try to keep the price below 50 and preferably in the 30 dollar range.

  • I want to buy a Harmony for my new TV setup. Should I wait or will this adapter be compatible with existing Harmony remotes?

  • What about other remotes? Will the new device work with them, or will it be tied to a Harmony account.

    Not that I worry, I’m in love with my One.

  • Thank goodness!
    This past weekend I decided to pony up and buy a PS3. We bought it, sicne we realized most BR players (which is what we were originally looking for) are the same price as a PS3. The bluetooth not meeting up with the IR of our Harmony remote cheesed us off (yeah, I really do use that expression) a little, and we’d try to cope. Thanks goodnees you guys are doing this!

    I did not want to spend 24 bucks on a PS3 remote, since the idea behind our Harmony purchase was to *reduce* remotes in our house, not increase them!

    Thanks guys, and hope to hear more about this soon…make sure to send an extra one up to Canada for us!

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