Harmony experience with PlayStation 4

It's not compatible with IR based remotes

It's compatible with all Harmony hub‑based products

Is your PlayStation 4 having trouble powering off?

In July 2016, the Harmony team identified an issue that prevented some PlayStation 4's from properly powering off. This affects hub‑based Harmony remotes that control Playstation via Bluetooth. A patch has since been released which you may apply.

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To resolve this issue, you must sync Harmony:

  • To sync using your remote, navigate to Menu > Settings > Sync Remote.
  • To sync using the Harmony mobile app, navigate to MENU > Harmony Setup > Sync.

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From the Harmony mobile app


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Harmony and PlayStation 4

Harmony is able to control your PlayStation 4, including navigating through the menus and playing / pausing certain streaming apps, such as YouTube.

Sony does not permit any remote other than their game controller to power on this game console. Please first turn on your PlayStation using the game controller before launching your Play Game Activity using Harmony. Once powered on, Harmony will automatically Bluetooth connect and enable device control.

Stay updated with the latest news and community tips, see what others are doing with Harmony and the Sony PlayStation 4.


Setup

Set up your PlayStation 4
Setup and configure your PlayStation 4, install any desired apps such as Netflix or Amazon.
Connect Harmony and PlayStation 4
Once connected, you'll be able to set up and use Activities which include your PlayStation 4.

Before adding PlayStation 4 to your Harmony account, first ensure your game console is updated with the latest software. Using the PlayStation 4 game console controller, power on your PlayStation 4. Navigate to Settings > System Software Update and accept any updates. If you need to update Harmony as well, please review our article on updating your Harmony software.

Add PlayStation 4 to your Harmony setup

  1. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
PlayStation 4 - Adding from mobile
  1. Select DEVICES and then press the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE and enter manufacturer, Sony and model number PlayStation 4.

Creating a Play PlayStation 4 Activity and Bluetooth pairing

  1. Once added, Harmony will prompt you to create an Activity. Select Yes.
  2. Continue through the series of questions to build your Play Game Activity.
  3. Once you have selected your devices and inputs, Harmony will prompt you to Bluetooth pair Harmony and PlayStation.
    1. Using your PlayStation 4 game controller, navigate to the PlayStation 4 home screen.
    2. Select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices.
    3. Select Harmony Keyboard, then Yes when prompted to register this Bluetooth device.
  4. Once paired, the Harmony app will continue the setup and be able to control your game console.

Remember, Harmony is able to navigate and control your PlayStation 4, inducing powering it off when you end an Activity; however, it is unable to power it on. First, manually turn on your PlayStation 4 before starting your Play Game Activity using Harmony.



  1. Select the Devices tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. Select the Add device button.
  3. Enter the manufacturer Sony and model number PlayStation 4.

Creating a Play Game Activity

  1. Select the Activities tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. Select the Add Activity button.
  3. Select the Play a Game Activity type and select Next.
  4. Continue through the series of questions to build your Activity.
  5. Once complete, click Sync in the upper-right corner to update your remote.


Pairing Harmony and PlayStation

  1. Using either your touch-screen Harmony remote, or the Harmony app, launch your Play Game Activity.
  2. Harmony will prompt you to initiate Bluetooth pairing.
    1. Using your PlayStation 4 game controller, navigate to the PlayStation 4 home screen.
    2. Select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices.
    3. Select Harmony Keyboard, then Yes when prompted to register this Bluetooth device.
  3. Once paired, Harmony will be able to control your game console.

Remember, Harmony is able to navigate and control your PlayStation 4, inducing powering it off when you end an Activity; however it is unable to power it on. First, manually turn on your PlayStation 4 before starting your Play Game Activity using Harmony.

Control

Before launching your Play Game Activity, be sure to first power on your PlayStation 4 using the original game controller. Sony does not currently permit remote's other than its own to turn on the game console. Once on, Harmony can navigate, control and power off your PlayStation 4.


Harmony controls

  • Control icon lists commonly used PlayStation buttons.
  • Gestures allows you to control your Activity using simple swipe gestures over your phone screen. For example, swiping up/down will change your volume and left/right can rewind and fast-forward.

To use text or voice entry:

Harmony hub‑based products allow text and voice entry using the Harmony mobile app.

  1. Launch your Play Game Activity using the Harmony mobile app.
  2. Using the control menu, navigate your Roku and bring up an on-screen keyboard. For example, navigate to the very top of the Netflix channel to display a keyboard on your television.
  3. Click the keyboard icon in the Harmony app to pull up a keyboard on your phone or tablet.
    • Use the keyboard to easily enter text. This is helpful for username and password entry on your Roku.
    • Or, click the microphone button within the Harmony app and your voice will be converted to text.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Direction Right and Left commands.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app.

Browser

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the web browser.

Media Keys are not used within the Browser app.

Text entry is possible using Harmony Smart Keyboard or Harmony app.

Blu-ray Disc

While on the Disc Menu, a double press on the PS button is required before PlayStation 4 will accept commands from other remotes or keyboards. Once done, Harmony can control Blu-ray playback.


Direction Keys will navigate the Blu-ray menu.

Media Keys do not work; however pressing Menu or Direction Up buttons will show an on screen display permitting movie control.

DVD Disc

While on the Disc Menu, a double press on the PS button is required before PlayStation 4 will accept commands from other remotes or keyboards. Once done, Harmony can control DVD playback.


Direction Keys will navigate the DVD menu.

Play and Pause media keys will work. To fast-forward and rewind, use the Option command to bring up an on screen display that allows chapter skipping as well as the ability to fast-forward and rewind. Holding down the Fast-Forward button will immediately bring up the Control Panel.

Other apps

The behavior of other apps may vary, and some apps can only be controlled using the Sony PlayStation 4 game controller. Some apps cannot be controlled without the PlayStation 4 controller.

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The following apps cannot be controlled without a PlayStation 4 controller:


  • Amazon Video
  • Crackle
  • Dailymotion
  • Epix
  • HBO GO
  • Hulu
  • IGN
  • Live Events Viewer
  • Maxdome
  • MLB.TV
  • Mubi
  • NBA Game Time
  • Netflix
  • NHL GameCenter
  • PlayStation Store
  • PlayStation Vue
  • Plex
  • Sky Ticket
  • Sony Media Player
  • Spotify
  • Vevo
  • Vidzone
  • Vuze
  • Watchever

Customize


Adjust the physical buttons on your remote

Harmony has already optimized the buttons on your remote; however you can further customize these buttons depending on your preference.

Add, remove, or rename commands on your remote's screen

Harmony displays commands specific to your Play Game Activity on your remote's screen. You can add, remove, or rename them.

Customize Harmony mobile app buttons

You can view common PlayStation 4 commands on your phone or tablet screen. You can add, remove, or rearrange these commands.

Set your own swipe gestures

By default, swiping up or down on the gestures screen will change volume. There are 22 gestures in total, view and customize them from the app.


PlayStation 4 will enter rest mode when you press the Off button on either your remote or Harmony mobile app.

Harmony doesn't currently allow this setting to be disabled.

How Harmony integrates PlayStation 4

All Harmony hub‑based remotes

Harmony Hub pairs and controls PlayStation using Bluetooth. Your Harmony Hub and PlayStation 4 must be within 15 feet (5 meters) of each other; however they do not require direct line of sight.

You will be prompted to pair your Harmony hub and PlayStation during setup using Harmony app, or on first time use for Harmony Ultimate or Ultimate Home remotes.

Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub

As PlayStation does not accept infrared (IR) commands, Harmony remotes that do not come with a Bluetooth enabled Harmony Hub will not be compatible.

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