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