This morning, gaming site Polygon is doing a twelve-hour live stream showing off the Xbox One. Right before the comical demo of Dead Rising 3, where most of the voice commands didn’t seem to work and they couldn’t even snap Internet Explorer correctly, a panel of editors discussed the system that the site seems to be carrying so much water for.
During this panel, site Editor-in-Chief Chris Grant stated a couple times that one advantage the Xbox One has over the PS4 is that the Xbox One supports remote controls and the PS4 does not. He even used the example that mom would want to use the Xbox One over the PS4 because she wouldn’t want to use the Dual Shock 4 to watch a movie. Later, he used the example of Netflix on how the Xbox One is a superior choice over the PS4 for Netflix because of remote support.
You can see the first statement about remotes at the 5:30 mark in this clip. A direct quote, about the PS4, is “it does not use remotes at all”. The Netflix comment is at the end.
The problem with these statements is that they are lies.
The PlayStation 4, like the Slim PS3 before it, fully supports HDMI-CEC controls. While every TV manufacturer calls it something different, virtually every major television that is relatively recent supports it. Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, LG, Hitachi, Toshiba, Philips, and component manufacturers like Onkyo all support this Consumer Electronics Control feature of HDMI. Due to HDMI-CEC, you can use your normal television remote control to operate the PS4.
While the Xbox One does support an IR-Blaster, most devices have moved away from that because HDMI-CEC is simply more convenient due to being able to use your normal TV remote for control.
I even made a video to demonstrate this:
Of course, I then tweeted this video to Chris Grant wanting to know why he decided to lie to viewers about the PS4:
Naturally, after being pointed out how wrong he was and how he was indeed lying to his readers, he blocked me:
The moral of this story is not to blatantly lie to your readers or viewers. Especially with something like this. You will be called out on it…