Sony left most of the PS3’s flaws behind when making the PlayStation 4, but there’s no denying that one little inconvenience came along for the ride: you can’t control the console with a standard remote control. That’s because the PS4, unlike everything else in your A/V stack, doesn’t have an infrared sensor. And that’s a problem if you want to sit back and watch a Blu-ray without a game controller in your hand.
Now, you can spend $30 to fix that problem. Sony has announced its official PS4 Bluetooth universal remote, which will let you control and watch Blu-rays or videos from streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and HBO Go. Unlike the original PS3 remote Sony sold years ago — which inexplicably doesn’t work with the PS4 — this new remote can also control three other devices, like your TV and receiver, over IR, which makes it a “universal remote” by name. Sony’s PS4 Universal Media Remote will be available later this month for $29.99.