One of the coolest features of the PS3 is the ability to control it using your TV remote, depending on how advanced your TV remote is. The PS4, however, will not have such functionality, at least not out of the box. According to CNET, the PS4 cannot receive Infrared (IR) remote control commands, which locks it out of being used with many universal remotes. In fact, the PS4 doesn’t even have an IR sensor. Granted, the PS3 doesn't have an IR sensor either, but it does have IR to Bluetooth converter accessories that do the job.
As of now, it is unclear whether or not the PS4 will have its IR to Bluetooth converter accessories. Don’t expect your PS3 converter to work on your PS4 out of the box, if at all. It’s also unclear whether or not pass through signals from smart TV’s like Sony’s Bravia line will also work on the PS4. This would allow you to use a Sony TV remote on your PS4 in a roundabout way, though that would also introduce a significant amount of remote-to-TV lag as well. We do know that Sony is planning to sell its own brand of Bluetooth remote control for the PS4, which is a good thing, although PS3 Bluetooth remotes won’t work with the PS4 at all.
By comparison, the Xbox One will be able to receive IR commands directly, and likely will be compatible with some universal remote controls. We will bring you more information on the PS4 and the Xbox One’s launch as we get closer to launch day.
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