There's no need to get a remote specific to the PlayStation 4. Universal remotes and the PlayStation 4 both support HDMI-CEC. So, if you have a TV which also supports this connection, and most modern TVs do, you can use your universal remote with your PS4. Here's how to set it up.
How's your universal remote game?
- Universal Smart Home: Logitech - Harmony Companion Remote and Hub (opens in new tab) ($105 at Amazon)
Preparing the PS4
You have to set up a couple things first before you start fiddling around with your Universal Remote. You need to let the PS4 know you're trying to connect something.
- Open your PS4 Settings.
- Scroll all the way down, click on System.
- Enable the HDMI Device Link option.
Connect your remote
With your PS4 now allowing the use of HDMI Link you can return to the setup on your television.
- Using your universal remote find the Tools menu on your television.
- Click the HDMI-CEC option. Samsung, for example, calls its option Anynet+.
- Under the HDMI-CEC device menu you should now see PlayStation 4 as an option. Click on it.
After configuration runs, you should now have control of your PS4 using your remote. For some televisions the HDMI-CEC options might be a bit more difficult to find. If you don't have a tools option to get there directly a good place to look would be a menu called channels or input. This should have the HDMI input options.
While your universal remote won't work in any games, it's great for quickly scrolling through menus to start a DVD, scroll through Netflix, PlayStation Videos or other apps. Now that it's hooked up, there's one less step between you and your movies. Enjoy!
Up your universal game
Logitech - Harmony Companion Remote and Hub
Ever growing compatibility
The Harmony Companion remote works with all your major name devices and Logitech offers a full and ever growing list of compatible devices. It even works with Alexa.
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