Shuhei Yoshida: You Can’t Turn off the Light Bar on the DualShock 4, But Developers Can

The light bar on the DualShock 4 has been an area of interest since the unveiling of the PS4 ‘s controller, and even more so since when we learned that the camera won’t be bundled with the console. Some think that it’ll be distracting , while others simply don’t want it to influence the carefully set up lighting of their mancave, or would like the battery to last longer.

According to Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida users cannot turn off the light bar, but developers can if they so wish.

This of course also means that theoretically a developer could just put an option in the game to let you turn off the light bar, making everyone happy. Will anyone go out of his way to do it? We can’t really say, but it shouldn’t be such a difficult option to implement.

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  • foureyes oni

    they should just make this an option on the ps4 settings.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      It seems like a trivial thing to implement, which makes me think that if they aren’t doing it, they have a specific reason.

      • TZuck

        people said the same thing about the Xbox One… I’m sure they’ll be a firmware update later down the road to allow people to shut the light off if the game doesn’t use it, and if you don’t have a camera, and no one else is playing with you on a different controller. I mean the DS3 had lights that didn’t shut off, but they also weren’t really bright enough to be distracting. Most likely though you can just adjust the brightness, because how else would you know if the controller is on?

      • RTC

        Well actually it arguably isnt trivial as there is proof that the blue light creates a pretty defined and pronounced blue area on whatever you are pointing it at, it is brighter than you think. It could theoretically interrupt gameplay and take away from immersion.

  • ikral

    they should just put the camera in the package

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      nah, thanks. I prefer to have the option to spend left and have the glorified webcam on my PC 😀

    • Rahul Sharma

      LOL no thank you. I would rather save my money for a game/ps plus. I don’t care about motion gaming at all. Thank you sony for giving us a choice. You want a camera? Buy it for only $60.

  • Crazyglues

    Why is this even a Discussion, when you don’t even know how much power it pulls, it’s most likely using a LED which draws such little power, it won’t really impact the controllers battery time…

    • Derpman

      I completely agree. That’s what i’ve been trying to tell people on Reddit. Plus the fact that the light is going to be pretty dim like the bulb on the Move. It’s not going to be any where near as bright as it looks in the promo photos. It’s not going to cause unwanted reflections on the tv unless the player is standing within 4 feet of the tv, which is too close any way. People are making such a big deal out of the light that it’s stupid.

      • Whoracres

        I like that YOU get to decide how far away from their screens people should sit.

        It’s ludicrousness to not have the options.

        Fortunately, duct tape exists.

        I don’t want a light glaring off my screen when I play. Period.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    It would be nice if developers did that..don’t wanna constantly recharge the controller after everytime I play.

  • rjmlive

    The were going to bundle the eye with the PS4 until MS revealed Kinect 2.0. The world would be a different place if Sony did their reveal first. They got very lucky their lack of investment into their version of motion tracking didn’t embarrass them.

    • Quinton

      They removed the eye because they wanted to undercut Microsoft on pricing.

    • LupineMP3j

      That was debunked some time ago, and Sony DID do their reveal first. PS4 was revealed in February, while Xbox One was revealed in May.

  • Haekon

    Electrical tape. Done.