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Sony PS2 remote review & driver update

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#1 of 1 Scott L

Scott L


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Posted August 22 2001 - 03:51 AM

I don't know if this is news to most of you but I didn't see any posts about it. ps.com of Australia did the first review for the remote and it does in fact come with updated drivers, but it doesn't mention anything about providing progressive output. Only new DVD playing features.

Having recently tested the Australian version of the Sony PlayStation 2 DVD remote control, we can definitely state that it will significantly improve your DVD watching pleasure. While there has already been a number of unofficial DVD remotes launched onto the market since the PlayStation 2 went on sale in Australia, most of these have been cheaply manufactured and none of them offers any upgrade of the PlayStation BIOS system.

So what the heck is a BIOS system any way? BIOS stands for Basic Input Ouput System, which in laymans terms is the most basic of instructions that your hardware needs to get it up and running. Like a personal computer, the BIOS for your PlayStation is in place so that the machine knows how to load up its hardware settings prior to the GUI, Graphics User Interface, taking over the show. On your computer, you have your BIOS load up before Windows takes over the show. As the Sony PlayStation 2 DVD remote control comes with a disc to upgrade your BIOS, this feature puts it significantly ahead of other remotes on the market.

Not only does the system drivers for the PlayStation get updated but the BIOS disc also allows the PlayStation 2 to interact with all the functions on the official DVD remote, functions such as search and slow motion. As no other remotes come with an upgrade disc like this, they can’t allow the vastly improved interaction with movies as the official remote can. So what exactly can the official remote do? Well here’s a listing of all the features that are included with the remote.

And it's listed on ebworld's site here for $19.99 and ships on 9/3/01. Do you still think the rumors will go on about the ps2 giving us a progressive signal?