Official DVD Remote Control SCPH 10172-3 (PS2)
- DVD remote control for Playstation 2 console
- IR receiver unit plugs into memory card slot
- Batteries included
- Offers an impressive range of DVD viewing options plus standard game control functionality 5 playback modes, 3 different speeds of fast forward and reverse, time search function
- NB If your PS2 model number is SCPH-50000 or higher, you can use the new, better DVD remote--click here for more info
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Official DVD Remote Control SCPH 10172-3 (PS2)
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 modelled 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, we 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 player, at least it now has a decent remote control that's on par with the big boys.--Mark Brooks
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The remote is nice, nothing to get excited about really, it feels solid unlike some of the third party ones that have been released. The looks fit in with the PS2 well with the ridge around the outside. However, the master stroke is the CD that comes with it that you can download onto memory card. It gives you version 2.10 of the DVD player and although it takes up a massive 2.2MB of memory card space (over a quarter!) it gives you new functions like slow motion, 3-speed rewind/fast forward and, most usefully, an on-screen counter. The lack of a counter had annoyed me immensly about the original player.
If you already have a third-party remote, it's probably not worth shelling out - perhaps Sony has shot itself in the foot here by not releasing it earlier. However, it is well worth £20 if you are at all serious about using your black slab to play DVDs.
It does take 2.2MB of your memory card, but if you get really stuck you CAN delete the software, use your memory card, and then reinstall the software afterwards.
All-in-all, a very good piece of kit and one that's hard to get!!
The biggest problem with DVD playback for the Playstation 2 is not the picture quality (which is excellent), but the lack of a decent remote control. Yes, I know there are plenty of third-party remotes on the market now, but having tried 2 of the 'better' ones, neither really comes close to the sort of high quality you associate with Sony.
Thankfully, the Official DVD Remote Control is finally available in Europe, and has gone some way to apologize for almost a year of waiting..
So, what do you get? It looks and feels like a 'real' remote control, and comes complete with batteries and a CD with brand new driver software on it. This is effortlessly downloaded to your 8Mb Memory Card (Sony assumes you' ve bought one.) Set it up and you're ready to go.
I won't waste time in this review telling you how great the new features are, or how you also have all the functionality of the Dual Shock Controller etc. After all, it's only a remote control for goodness sake. If you already have a decent third-party remote, it's unlikely to change your life. If, however, like me
you use your PlayStation 2 to play DVDs almost as much as playing Gran Turismo or Tekken, then you' ll be buying one of these, if only to restore your credibiity with all those people who told you to buy a real DVD Player. All in all, it's a wonderful piece of kit. Admittedly, it's a piece of kit that could (and eventually will) be included with the console itself, but it's worthy nevertheless.
So, Sony, what took you so long?
When i bought the offical one, i could believe it was a dvd remote control for the ps2, it was just like a tv control and a proper dvd player control. It had all the search buttons (much faster searching speed as well), new dvd software, signal was amazing, buttons were cool and interface. You will not be sorry if you buy this. Tip: Buy offical sony stuff.
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