As wonderful as Logitech’s Harmony universal remotes are,
there’s still one major piece of media entertainment equipment that it still
cannot command: the PlayStation 3. Enter the iPhone, which will soon be able to interface with Sony’s console.
Blu-ray Disc solutions provider Netblender will announce
later this week a new SDK for iPhone developers which will expand the features
of movie playback on the PS3. One immediate benefit is that the iPhone will be
able to act as a wireless remote for the PlayStation 3, perhaps robbing away
several sales of Sony’s multimedia remote.
Denny Breitenfeld, the CTO of NetBlender, explained to Gizmodo
that the upcoming software will be able to do much more than play, pause and
track. “It's a technology that is built into our professional Blu-Ray authoring
tool that will allow studios, independent movie companies to enable BD Touch
features. These features send data in two directions from the Disc to the iPhone and vice versa. Video, Audio, text, and player commands can be sent,” he
said. “So right now it seems everyone likes the "remote control"
idea. However the player can control the iPhone as well.”
While movie studios may not program special Blu-ray Disc
movie features specifically for PlayStation 3 users, the possibility exists for
special iPhone interoperability, such as the display of Internet Movie Database
“One idea is to automatically pull up [IMDB] of the movie
you are watching right on your Iphone or send the movie information a movie
database on your phone. The ideas are only limited to what people want and will
use,” added Breitenfeld.
Other functions could be for the iPhone to record and track
your movie collection and playback habits. Another feature, first revealed by
Sony for the PSP, is the potential for portable copies for playback on the
iPhone or iPod Touch.
Sony first discussed
this feature at CES 2008, but hasn’t yet set a firm date on the rollout of
quote: When you are losing money on every box you sell, it's hard to justify adding anything else to it.
quote: When you are losing money on every box you sell, it's hard to justify adding anything else to it. They certainly could have added it when destroying PS2 compatibility (taking out the PS2 emulator to save money) - one of the worst mistakes I can remember.
quote: One of the reasons I never bought a PS3 to begin with.
quote: Don't pretend to think that you know everyone and how their systems work.
quote: For example, all my equipment for my home theater installation is housed in another room, and out of reach for the BT remote. So how is that going to help me?
quote: It wasn't cost, the Pioneer Elite that took it's place cost approx 2 as much.......that's what it was worth to me. Nor was it the game excuse, since I don't really have time to play games.
quote: Out of range? How big is your house? A mansion? If you do happen to live in a mansion, then this is a good excuse but if you live in regular 1,200-2,000sq.ft. house then you can't use that excuse.
quote: Then what are you complaining for!!!Get a blu-ray player that has IR.
quote: You could also argue that Logitech is making a huge mistake by not adding bluetooth to one of their remotes.
quote: Why should harmony and logitech cator to the PS3 exclusively?
quote: Why should harmony and logitech cator to the PS3 exclusively? Why should they add the extra cost of bluetooth, when no home consumer electronic right now utilizes it?
quote: perhaps robbing away several sales of Sony’s multimedia remote
quote: I don't believe you can create your own apps for the Ipod Touch.
quote: The rest of the world shouldn't have to change because Sony says so
quote: especially the amount of hype that Sony put up around how the PSP and PS3 would interact with each other......I think it would be totally cool if I could interact with the blu-ray movie I am watching through my PSP while its still playing.