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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  • What a coincidence. only the other day I was only thinking of pleading with logitech to get something like this to market. Its grand for people that have a stand alone blu ray player but most people opted for the ps3. the lack of IR is a pain.
    lets hope the price is right. €70 for the other adapter is steep!!!
    Good job Logitech. put me down for one as well. This completes me.
    Now I can get on with finding something to want. :)

  • Wow!! It’s about time. Now I hope that the unit will not cost as much as the remote itself and that it is not something over 30 dollars.

  • I own an Harmony One and of course a PS3 so this is really good news for me as well, however I have one concern.

    Will this device be powered by batteries or an AC adapter? I personally hope for batteries because this will save me from fitting another AC adapter + the cord trough my HiFi rack which is already pretty stuffed as it is.

    A rechargable battery that could be recharged trough USB just like the PS3 controllers would be very nice in my oppinion and I doubt the device will use much power, so recharges shouldnt be nessecary that often anyway.

  • Cannot wait not i will be able to configure my harmony 1000 with this. High fives all around.

  • This is awesome. I just wish they would set a release date so we know how long we have to wait.

  • What about making a generic converter that you could plug in to your pc to control all kinds of bluetooth devices? There’s really no easy way to control the pc with the harmony one when there’s no IR-reciver available

  • I don’t own the PS3, but many know my name from the Logitech Harmony Remote Forums. In my opinion, it’s great to see a Logitech branded product that will give full control (including power on/off) unlike the Nyko adapter. For those that complained about the Nyko adapter meaning you added another remote to the setup, that’s not true (you would add the adapter to the PS3, but still use the harmony to send the IR signals). Anyway, the price point for this must be $40 or less. The reason I say that, unlike others who gave no reasons, is that the least expensive, reliable, full control adapter that this would be immediately competing with is the IR4PS3, which goes for $40 if my web search was right. That said, you might even be willing to pay a ‘tad’ bit more for the Logitech name. So, in my opinion, if this has an MSRP or $50 or so, it’s about right. I say that, but keep in mind that hardly nothing is in stores at the MSRP. For instance, the Harmony 1100 has an MSRP of $500 and is on amazon for under $390. In short, it has to be in the stores/online for $40 or less. Otherwise the IR4PS3 is still the better alternative.

  • Without using any of the USB ports?? You mean over Bluetooth?? o_O

    You guys are THE [DELETED]!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D

    Day one buy for me!!

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

    I just waited long enough now ;).

  • This is the best news I’ve heard in like … some time!
    I just bought me a PS3, mainly for watching blu-rays. I would really like to use the Harmony instead of the Sony retail remote. After some digging around I found some possibilities, but all pretty expensive, big and ugly.

    You’ve asked for some time to release extra info, any indications how long? Maybe I should buy IR4PS3 just to bridge that gap… Keep us posted!

  • This is in reply to wannabe actuary… actually the ir4ps3 would be about $70, since 40 bucks is for just the base unit, which does not include the parts from the sony bluetooth remote. But, I agree I would be very happy to pay 40 dollars for this simple IR to bluetooth conversion device. I would be less happy to pay 50 dollars, but I would probably still pay for it. :)

  • How do I register to be notified when this will be available? Will you take pre-orders? If so how can I pre-order? I want to pre-order this together with a harmony remote asap! My wife has had enough of all our remotes and I need peace to be restored!! :D

  • The FCC filings ask that the photos of the unit and owner’s manual be kept confidential until June 15th, so that should give a good indication of minimum time frame we are going to have to wait. Not sure if they will announce it then or release it, but its a date that they asked for a reason.

  • This is great news, but the other question I have is, is logitech working on a new harmony remote that had bluetooth built into it already, so this adapter wouldnt be needed? So a remote with both IR and BT signals?? Can’t wait for this adapter, but if they were making a newer harmony remote with the BT builtin in already, i might consider skipping the adapter and getting a whole new harmony remote……

  • Are there any plans to also release a ps3 compatible harmony remote (with bt and IR) along with this adapter?
    Even though I own both a ps3 and a xbox 360, I only use the ps3 to watch movies and listen to music, so that’s why I didn’t bought the 360 harmony remote. And since I don’t have a harmony, I would rather buy one that is compatible with the ps3 directly, instead of buying, say, a harmony 550 + this adapter…

  • I’ve been using Harmony Remotes with PS3′s for over a year now – works great (the IR to BT adapter that is, not the remote!). I chose the PS3IR-Pro from Schmart Stuff. It is a quality build.

    I know Schmart Stuff is making a less expensive version of the one I bought. My experience with this device has been great. It has lived up to its reputation. It does one thing, and it does it well.

    I use to own several Logitech remotes, keyboards and mice. Before I sent them for recycling, they sat in a couple of boxes marked “defective”. Warranties only last so long, and extended warranties (aka: no-lemon warranty) shouldn’t be required for “quality” products.

    I would rather pay $80-$100 for a device that works well and goes un-noticed, than $40 for the same sort of device that fails – in warranty or otherwise, and that’s the mentality of my customers too. That doesn’t mean we want to pay through the nose needlessly, so a balance must be struck. Logitech would be wise to ensure they use quality components and good design, even if it raised the price a few tens of dollars. Demand a quality product, and avoid it if it’s cheaply made. A product like this should cost no less than $50.00 USD$ retail, due to it’s rather limited scope.

    I paid $75 for my PS3IR-Pro. Was it worth it? Yes. Any regrets? No. It’s even flash upgradeable, so Schmart Stuff can issue a new firmware update if Sony decides to add a discrete “OFF” command to the PS3′s firmware.

    I can see Logitech’s cheap device being popular, but I’ll never install one – I can’t afford to have my installations fail because a buck was saved in design and manufacturing. That is what put us in this mess in the first place.

    When it comes to spending thousands of dollars on electronic equipment, what is $100? People waste more than that on “gourmet” interconnect wiring, Monster fibre-optic cable, and Harmony remotes.

  • While I am extremely happy about this solution, I would like to caution Logitech not to price this device too high, as this will only enrage it’s current users who have already spend good money on their remotes. I think $29.95 would be a good price point. Just a recommendation as a Logitech consumer who owns many of their products, including the Harmony 1 remote.

  • If these sell for $30 I just might have to buy a new remote, and you can guess what brand that would be!

    • Hi rlrcstr,

      This product will be specific to the PS3 and will not work with the Wii as well.

      Best, Troy

  • Great stuff if the price is right and all PS3 remote controls (I already have the original PS3 remote) are accessible. Will we be able to do a macro to automate changes in the configuration menus such as audio output from HDMI (LPCM) to Toslink (Dolby 5.1 bitstream) and reverse (so that I can switch from my 5.1 LPCM receiver/speakers to my new 5.1 gaming headsets? That would really sell it to me.
    Thanks.

  • How about some updates or links to new information? I have waited for years for this and now you are just poncing about.

  • Please give us an update about availability and pricing.
    I was planning to buy an other brand, but I prefer the logitech solution with my harmony one.

  • Hi all,

    Thank you all for your interest and enthusiasm about this product. We aren’t quite ready to share more details, but I promise I’ll release them here as soon as possible!

    -Troy

  • Is there any chance that logitech can create a mailing list to sign up on to be notified the second that this is released? If so, sign me up.

  • This is verry good news,
    Allready have got the bleutooth remote.. but updating the harmony would be fantastic!!
    Also want to be on the mailing list for further information (if possible)
    Greetings, Don

  • Ever since I heard the news, I’ve been checking this blog every day. Please make a mailing list if possible :-)

    -Miguel

  • I am waiting patiently :) I would really love this device…I even have the bluetooth PS3 controller but I love my Harmony 880 and would love to plug my PS3 into it.

    Cheers! Hope this is being released sometime in the next few months.

  • I check this blog everey day, too. Please release it in Germany in the near future. I hate my IR-Dongle :-(

  • I note “yay” on the release mailing list. PLEASE release a price point and release date to us ASAP!

  • Will you guys hurry up and give us some more info on this thing? A tentative release date? An estimated price? I’d love to invest in a PS3, but the remote issue (I would probably use it mostly for BluRay) is holding me back! I already have a Harmony, just need a way to control a PS3! A month is not “a little while longer”!

  • I’am a Swiss Guy an have a Harmony One and a Playstation 3, and i’m really impatient to wait for this Product. Please give us more Infos when it will launched at Switzerland.

    kind regards

  • Hi all,

    I know that you are all eagerly awaiting more news about this product, but we just aren’t ready to release it yet. Remember that our hand was pushed a bit in revealing this because Engadget scooped us. We wouldn’t usually keep you hanging like this.

    Many of you have asked to be put on a mailing list that would alert you once we release more information. Your best bet is to subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed or you can follow us on Twitter (@Logitech). Oh, and we’re also on Facebook (Official Logitech Gaming)!

    -Troy

  • At least committ to updating this blog section as soon as you know. Geez I will have a PS4 and to the store in my hover car at the speed you guys are moving ;)

  • I just hope this will be compatible with the 890. I only purchased the harmony because I saw this was going to be available.

  • Jeeze guys, quit giving them a hard time. Logitech produce superb pieces of kit, and each piece takes time and effort to make sure its spot on. Yes, we are all hungry for this adaptor to enable us to do away with that final remote and enter one-solution nirvana, but I’d rather have to wait and slaver over it for a few months and have it be freaking awesome then have it rushed to market and not be as good!

  • What a lot of speculation here! And who is silly enough to think that Logitech will take advice on pricing from this blog! Logitech gear normally rocks (except my Squeezebox Duet which drops off line from time to time – but thats probably my ADSL line partly to blame). I love the Harmony 1 and this will make the best remote in the world complete.

    Shaun

  • Oh well, I guess Logitech asked Best Buy to take it down, since it the link is not longer valid. I did look at estimated time before it would be available and it was 2nd – 3rd week of May (5/12 – 5/21).

  • No updates yet?! I wonder if they’re going to make an announcement at E3. I hope they release this soon…I’m about to buy a Harmony One remote and hope it works well with this.

  • What’s the word with the E-R0001? Are there any new details, like availability and price? I hope to God the price point is not as outrageous as some of the stuff I’ve seen online.

  • Based what I saw on the BestBuy product page (before they removed it). Price will be $59.99 and it will be available sometime between 5/13 – 5/27 (although the availability dates were just Best Buy estimates)

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