An Update on PDP’s Universal Remote for PlayStation 4

I immediately picked up PDP’s PlayStation 4 Media Remote when it was released back at the end of October. It had some unique issues, one of which blocked me from reprogramming one of the devices after I’d set it incorrectly. I contacted PDP to see if there was a way to factory reset it and they surprised me with the offer of a replacement.

It finally arrived last week and I’m happy to say the updated firmware fixed one of my two major complaints. The “volume punch through” which allows the remote to control the volume of a specified device — in my case, the soundbar — is now functional. My biggest complaint, however, is that the thing shuts off its Bluetooth connection after about 20 minutes and requires several seconds to wake up. It’s fine for flitting through YouTube clips but for a movie it means waiting around in order to pause. That just seems wrong.

Overall, though, it’s still the best offering for PlayStation 4 outside of Logitech’s expensive Harmony line. Take a look above to see the new remote in action.

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