Did Polygon Really "Lie" About The PS4's Remote Capabilities?
As one might expect, this is the kind of inflammatory story that ruffles many a feather.
Polygon is a generally well-respected website but now they're facing accusations of bias and even flat-out lying during their in-depth live-stream presentation of the Xbox One.
The "lie" - I put it in quotations because I'm leaving it up to the readers to decide - was spotted by FuriousFanboys, a site decidedly less well-respected. However, they may have a point: After a demo of Dead Rising 3 where it seems that the voice commands had trouble registering on the Xbox One, Editor-in-Chief Chris Grant said several times that the one advantage Xbox One has over PS4 is that Microsoft's system supports remote controls and the PS4 does not.
He said services like Netflix are better on the Xbox One because of this remote support, and he was quoted as saying that the PS4 "does not use remotes at all." You can see through a series of Tweets the response this received. The PS4, like the PS3, fully supports HDMI-CEC controls, and most TVs today have a remote that can be used to operate the PS4. Grant's explanation is that while the PS4 can be controlled "by a specific TV through HDMI," this isn't the same as remote support.
It seems clear now that Grant was referring to universal remotes, and he simply misspoke when he said the PS4 "does not use remotes at all." However, there have been some rumors that Polygon may have some Microsoft funding of some sort. That isn't proven, of course, but maybe it's worth mentioning, don't you think?
11/20/2013 10:26:51 PM Ben Dutka