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BluWave Infrared Remote - Playstation 3

by Nyko
PlayStation 3
Everyone
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)


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  • Allows full movie and music playback from up to 25ft away
  • IR technology allows for control up to 25 feet away
  • Replicates all the SIXAXIS Action buttons allowing for full control of media playback
  • Dedicated buttons for play back including Play, Pause and skip
  • Battery Powered Powered by 2 AAA batteries (included)


Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000R5H7KE
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 4.8 x 1.5 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 8, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,738 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Easily control the next generation of home entertainment with the Blue-Wave Remote from Nyko. The Blu Wave allows you to easily control the playback of Blu-Ray movies, DVDs and CDs on the PlayStation 3 console. Utilizing infrared technology, the Blue Wave can navigate system and movie menus, skip chapters or tracks, pause and play a movie or music and replicate other PlayStation 3 controller functionality from up to 25 feet away. The compact USB IR receiver plugs into any open USB port for easy set up requiring no complicate software, pairing or programming. The Blue Wave is powered by 2 AA batteries (included).


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
228 of 232 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Harmony 676 now controls the PS3 September 8, 2007
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
After having used a Harmony 676 to control all my devices, I was not happy when I needed to use the PS3 controller to control Blu Ray movie watching.

This remote's dongle does the job in letting my Harmony 676 control the PS3. There was one problem that almost led me to return the remote however, and I wanted to mention the solution here.

Problem (for Harmony remotes):
On the PS3 XMB (Cross Media Bar), the directional buttons would move the selection several spots for each key press. I read several posts and tried teaching & re-teaching the Harmony. I tried teaching using the "Raw" IR learning but that would slow down the response from the PS3 to each key press.

Solution:
Within the Harmony program, go to Devices->PS3 and select "troubleshoot" under device options.
Select "Show me more problems" (last choice).
Then select the choice "PS3 doesn't appear to receive every command correctly," and the select "The device responds too much to some commands (for example, volume up increases the volume too quickly)."
In the screen with the radio buttons, select '0'.
Save & update the remote and everything the directional buttons will work perfectly.
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150 of 157 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent workaround for PS3 limitation July 18, 2007
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Playstation 3 uses RF (bluetooth) for its wireless remotes. This is great for a game remote, but less convenient for a BluRay player remote, since it makes it incompatible with universal remotes, which communicate using infrared (IR). Sony sells a DVD-style remote, but it also works by RF. Unlike the XBox 360, which uses RF for its controllers but includes an IR port for DVD player style remotes, the PS3 has no IR sensor at all.

However, there is a workaround, because the PS3 also supports wired controllers via its USB ports (which is also how you recharge the controllers). Nyko has cleverly taken advantage of this by producing an IR remote that emulates the USB wired controller. You simply plug a USB dongle with an IR sensor into one of the USB ports, and then you can use the Nyko IR remote--or a Harmony remote, if you teach it the commands from the Nyko.

This works quite well. There are some inherent limitations, however. In particular, this approach means that the Nyko remote is only able to support the commands that you can execute with the PS3 controller, and does not provide some of the additional commands available on the PS3 bluetooth remote. So no power key, angle key, or eject key. But it does emulate all of the digital controls of the PS3 controller (i.e. everything but the analog sticks), which makes it fine for controlling the player. I don't mind the lack of a power control as I leave my PS3 on all the time anyway, since it isn't noisy like the XBox 360, and I have set it to donate unused computing power to the Folding@home scientific project. And if I'm going to eject a disk, I have to walk over to get it anyway, so I might as well push the button on the PS3.

I had good success teaching the Nyko's IR commands to a Harmony universal remote. This mostly went well, although the square command seems to be difficult to learn properly, and took a couple of dozen takes to get it right.
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If you are simply buying a remote for your PS3 to play Bluray disk do not buy this remote. Buy the authentic bluetooth remote that Sony makes and it's control is superior and flawless. This remote's advantage is you can use the USB dongle included to make your PS3 accept commands from a universal remote control such as Harmony.

So if you want a remote to control your Bluray watching, but you insist on using your universal remote for everything this is the ticket. (one remote to control everything) Just attach the USB dongle to your PS3, and then learn the commands from the Blu Wave remote to your Harmony or other universal remote and you're good to go.

Edit 09/04/2008: While I did love how the Blu Wave remote allowed me to use my universal remote it is not without its problems and limitations. It cannot turn on/off the PS3, and often it sends commands twice when browsing through the menus which can be very frustrating. I've now upgraded to the PS3IR-PRO which is a little black box that takes the IR commands from your remote and resends them out via Bluetooth exactly like the official Sony remote commands. This makes usage flawless and you also get all 51 buttons on the official Sony Bluetooth remote, I love it. It also allows you to turn on and off the PS3 with one button that can be programmed into your universal remote. It does cost approximately $100, but its a far superior product. Ultimately your choice depends on your specific needs.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to configure for Harmony Remote January 5, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I recently purchased this product to allow me to control my PS3 for DVD playback using my Harmony remote (model 880). Many others have also purchased the Blu-Wave for the same purpose, but it appears as most have programmed their Harmony by having it "learn" the Blu-Wave's remote codes. I found a much easier way to get the Harmony remotes programmed.

Just add a new device "Game Console (with DVD)". Select the Manufacture of Nyko and enter "Blu-Wave" as the Model (they actually give you an example of what to enter for Model and that is the model they use for their example). Complete adding the device, with no other changes. Then update or create the "Watch a DVD" activity and specify the new device as your DVD player. I found that I had to tweak some of the button settings, but most of button were set correctly.

As others have stated, I wish Nyko had provided some of the other buttons that appear on the Sony remote (Eject, Angles, ...) and at least a way to turn off the PS3 (like the PS button).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool!
Tis works great for remote control of the player. Needed if used to play DVDs especially.
Published 3 months ago by Landru
3.0 out of 5 stars About the Power
Okay I've had this product since 2008 which is the same year I got the Harmony 890. With the older PS3 firmware though, it would send a power on and off command through my Harmony... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason Ballard
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good for Harmony Remote use
Pros:
- Doesn't look too bad (considering the price)
- It works (major caveat for Harmony Remote users - see cons below)

Cons:
- No PS button, which... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rafael C
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work
Never really worked. Another piece of junk sitting around. I wasted quite a bit of time trying get it to work, but in vain.
Published 12 months ago by Sathish Rao
5.0 out of 5 stars Receiver works very well
I am using only the receiver, and I taught the commands to my universal learning remote, works well although it has a tiny bit of delay which is fine.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product for this price range
This product works with the Bose Lifestyle T20 perfectly - 'plug in the USB IR adapter into the PS3, and tape the IR emitter to the USB IR adapter (you don't need the included... Read more
Published 13 months ago by shetaan819
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite happy with this!
I bought this to use with my Bose Lifestyle 38 IV in one room and for my Bose VideoWave 46" HDTV in another room, I wanted to be able to use my Bose remotes to control my two PS3... Read more
Published 17 months ago by DMH
3.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
It works good but I thought it would do more. I really think it is ok and I would tell a friend about it.
Published 19 months ago by joesullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Just needed the dongle
I own a RTI T2-C remote and I just wanted the IR dongle to control the PS3 with RTI . It was a pain trying to get discreet codes for the BluWave remote to work with the RTI since I... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lowends
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad device, works as advertised
This does add the capability of using a remote to your PS3... which I like. It worked fine. The only thing I didn't like was the PS3 won't allow you to turn it off from the remote. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Muerte
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