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Sony Playstation 2 Infared DVD Remote Controller Kit

by Sony
Electronic Game
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Full-featured DVD remote looks and acts similar to most AV gear
  • DVD software adds many new features for picture setup and playback
  • Comfortable in the average-size hand

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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005NHPI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: January 7, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,270 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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You said that you wanted the Playstation 2 because you could play DVDs on it. We heard you. The Universal DVD Remote lets you control menus, DVD features, bonus footage and more-from the comfort of the couch, floor, bed, whatever. Glow-in-the-dark buttons help you navigate when the lights are low, and the industry standard infrared technology lets you control your television, VCR and other video appliances with the same remote.

Admit it: all in all, the PS2 is a pretty good video game console, but it's a mediocre DVD player. Easily the most major sin Sony committed against DVDphiles was the initial unavailability of an official remote control. Because the PS2 gamepad is a stunningly poor substitute for a real remote, Sony's official remote control entry comes as a welcome, but not quite perfect, solution.

Compared to most third-party PS2 remotes, Sony's design is much less childish. It's quite comfy, and, aside from a few extra buttons modeled after the PS2 controller (X, O, R1, R2, etc.), it features the same style as most of Sony's slick AV remotes. Tragically, Sony omitted both eject and power buttons. What were they thinking?

The supplied new software drivers add quite a bit of functionality to the PS2, making it almost as feature-packed as a regular low-end DVD player. Three-speed scan, slow motion, A-B play, shuffle, chapter program, and other enhancements have now been added to the PS2's playback capabilities. Most of these features require the remote to access. Also, to use the drivers, you'll need to keep a PS2 memory card (where the new software is stored) and the IR receiver constantly plugged into a gamepad port--a minor headache. Also, while most of the problems with untimely frame skipping are solved, I still found the chapter rewind to be somewhat slow and unresponsive.

DVD fiends who can bear Sony's tiny control buttons will find this model easily the most functional of the PS2 remotes. While the PS2 will never replace a full-fledged DVD box, at least it now has a decent remote control that's on par with the big boys. --Mark Brooks


  • Full-featured DVD remote looks and acts similar to most AV gear
  • DVD software adds many new features for picture setup and playback
  • Comfortable in the average-size hand
  • Requires use of a memory card and a controller port to operate
  • Tiny buttons
  • No power or eject buttons
  • Sluggish chapter rewind

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139 of 142 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best act in town so far September 21, 2001
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This remote control converts a Play Station 2 console into a full-featured DVD player. It does this in two ways. First, it improves upon the existing PS2 DVD Player software. For my unit, the version of DVD player jumped from 1.30U to 2.10U. Second, it provides a wireless remote control with every function you could want plus a few.
The package ships with an instruction manual, the DVD Player 2.1 disk, two AAA batteries, a small stub IR receiver. The first disappointment is that the receiver is NOT a passthrough. Fortunately, it is designed to fit the second controller slot. Swapping the stub for a controller is only an issue then for two player games.
The remote control has some other disappointments. The DVD Player 2.1 software, essentially a firmware update, installs on a memory card and consumes a lot of real estate in the process. It only works with memory slot 1 and the entire copy takes 2.2MB, a quarter of the card's capacity. In an era where the most basic computer devices are all 'flashable,' it's a mystery why Sony didn't keep a more careful eye on future revisions. After all, I have flashed my computer motherboard, DVD player, and home network equipment with firmware updates. All of these devices carried some fashion EPROM (electronically programmable memory). And they all sold for less than a Sony Playstation, so it's hard to blame this short sitedness on cost. It's a mystery why Sony didn't forsee a similar eprom need in their console (read poor planning). Instead of flashing an internal chip then, Sony forces us to copy a new copy to a memory card, making the existing ROM so much silicon gathering dust. The DVD Player 2.1 software can be manipulated just like any other saved game. You can delete and copy it back at will.
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what sony said July 7, 2004
There are two different DVD remote controls (for PlayStation(R)2):
SCPH-10171 DVD remote control (for PlayStation(R)2) with IR Receiver Unit
SCPH-10420 DVD remote control (for PlayStation(R)2)
The SCPH-10171 is compatible with all models of the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.
The packaging for this peripheral contains the following items:
1 DVD Remote Control (for PlayStation(R)2)
1 IR Receiver Unit (for PlayStation(R)2)
1 DVD Driver Disc
The SCPH-10420 is only compatible as packaged with the following model numbers of the PlayStation 2
Because the models mentioned above contain a built-in Infrared (IR) Receiver and pre-installed
drivers for the DVD Remote Control, the packaging for the SCPH-10420 does not contain an IR Receiver
Unit or a DVD Driver Disc.
The SCPH-10420 contains the following new features:
Power/Reset button
Eject button
The SCPH-10420 is compatible with the following model numbers, provided you already have an IR
receiver and the appropriate software*: SCPH-30001, SCPH-35001, SCPH-30001R, SCPH-39001, SCPH-39010,
SCPH-39001N, and SCPH-39010N. However, the Power/Reset, and Eject buttons will not function with
these models of the PlayStation 2 console.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be sure of what model your console is before you buy January 13, 2004
Before you buy this, verify what moel your PS2 is. This remote is only for older models. The newer PS2s have many more features then the older ones, including a built in IR reciever(meaning you don't have to fill up a controller port with an external one), higher FF and RR scan speeds, and a progressive scan mode (for HD televisions). If your PS2 is one of these, then you need to buy the updated DVD Remote, which has both power and eject buttons and does not unclude and update disk or controller port IR receiver(as they are unnecessary.) If you have an older model, then this Sony remote is the way to go, as it is higher quality than those from third party brands. As for the lack of power and eject bottons on this remote, it would be impossible to include them. The IR receiver plugs into the controller port which is part of the game interface, and therefore inactive when the system is on standby.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's clear up all the confusion May 21, 2003
Yes,the dvd remote for the ps2 is excellent,but I am writing this review to inform other ps2 owners as well as dismiss some myths.There seems to be alot of conflicting information from diffrent reviewers....
First and most importantly,the dvd remote does not have a power button for one simple reason;you MUST turn off the back switch when you are done playing your ps2 for the day(like when you are ready to go to bed)The ps2 SHOULD NOT be left on stand by mode every night for 8-10 hours.Doing so will result in the parts burning our faster because the machine never has a chance to shut
down.The only way you can damage your ps2 by turning off the back
switch,is if you repeatedly shut off the back switch but plan to play later the same day.In other words,if you plan to play the ps2 later during the day,but want to do something else,it is okay to put it in standby mode.Just remember to shut off the ps2 completely before you go to bed each night.
Secondly the review posted by "bigsojoe2" is extremely inaccurate;watching alot of dvds on your ps2 DOES NOT wear the system out.You can watch as many dvds as you like as often as you
like.The ps2 reads all the ps1 games,ps2 games,dvds and cds with the same laser that is capable of doing so.I even called the sony
help line twice to dispell this rumor.Both workers sounded suprised and even kinda laughed when I told them about the dvd wearing out story.I own 2 ps2s,and I bought one of them during the first year of it's release(watching many dvds on it since) and all of it's diffrent functions work properly.
I hope this info was helpful to you.
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