I use my PS4 as an entertainment centre, watching television shows & movies through it, listening to music, etc. The PS3 remote (which was made by Sony) worked beautifully for all these functions. The PS4 remote (which is made by a different company and called the "official" remote by Sony is, in comparison, a frustrating and awkward step backwards.
The only thing I like about it is its long slim shape, plus it's lighter because it uses AAA batteries instead of AA. That's where its good features end. The remote requires lots of hitting the PS button to get it to do anything -- shutting the machine down is a pain -- and it's often quite slow to respond.
But the absolute worst thing about the PS4 remote is that, unlike a normal remote control, it eats up battery power and then turns itself off after 30 minutes. You can't set it to turn off any sooner than that. It then needs to be woken up again in order for you to use it. I got my PS4 four months ago and this stupid remote has already gobbled up four batteries. What remote control needs batteries that often? It's the most baffling product decision to make a remote control act like a game controller with the timeout function.
Unfortunately, this is the only available remote control for the PS4, so I guess I'm stuck with it.
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