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UPDATE: The DualShock 4's light can be turned off, Yoshida has clarified, but only at the developer's choice.

ORIGINAL STORY: There will be no way of turning off the DualShock 4's lightbar, Sony's president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed.

The vocal exec was quizzed on the matter over Twitter.


In addition to working in conjunction with the PS4's camera to determine the controller's position in 3D space, the lightbar can be used to enhance the game experience – an example is Killzone: Shadow Fall which uses the lightbar to display player health.

After initial scepticism, it turns out that the DualShock 4 is actually a great improvement over the DualShock 3.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

There doesn't appear to be any major issue with not being able to turn the lightbar off, but some have raised the question of conserving battery life. There's also the suggestion that the light could reflect in TV screens, potentially obstructing the action.

Source: @yosp

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Endless

Backtrack-tastic! Seems not even Sony is immune to the habit of saying something without actually knowing what the specifics are.

At least it was only the light bar and not something more important lol
Posted 13:31 on 09 July 2013
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Masfima

The light is just a reminder of Sonys constant innovation and forward thinking...
Posted 03:32 on 09 July 2013
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Ripp

I think the point of this is that Sony clearly wanted to innovate with the eye toy and controller but gave nothing buy not including it in the standard bundle. Now it's features will so nothing than be a gimmick instead of a major gaming feature for the Sony PS4. How can it be used for player health? It points away from you and can't be seen while your playing. Battery usage will be minimal but it will be a constant reminder of Sony's reactionary selling strategy.
Posted 03:00 on 09 July 2013
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Endless

Unless you're using the Eye you'll likely have the pad pointing down anyway. Who holds the pad up at screen height? ;)
Posted 23:50 on 08 July 2013
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KamSage

It doesn't appear to be intense enough, the material in front of the light dulls it enough i believe.
Posted 22:22 on 08 July 2013
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Aqibk88

Thank god a light bar can't watch or hear you.
Posted 21:38 on 08 July 2013
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alphafour

The DS4 will plug in for charging via USB to the PS4 anyway (just like the DS3 did) so the battery power thing shouldn't be an issue. I don't think Sony would be stupid enough to build into the DS4 a super power-consuming light bar considering they already have rumble to cater for.

As for the brightness being an issue, I remember when IGN had the PS4 in their studio and the light bar didn't seem to be very bright. Only when they stood the DS4 right next to the PS4 did we see the glow of the lightbar.

I think this is a total non-issue. I mean... come on it's not like they're forcing you to buy PS4 Eye or anything... wink wink... Microsoft.. wink wink.. Kinect... wink wink..
Posted 21:05 on 08 July 2013
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munkee@ Endless

you would s possibly see a glow when playing a game like Dead Space in the dark. There could be a diffused blue haze reflecting off your TV screen.

Don't get me wrong. I couldn't care and am not worried. But it could happen, especially if the controller was glowing bright yellow or green.
Posted 14:02 on 08 July 2013
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Endless

It's probably a single led diffused over a big area barely using any power. no more than the standby light on your TV i'd say.

I cant even believe people are so worried that the question even became relevant.

I use 1750 and 2100 rechargeable batteries for our 360 pads and they last for a good 3-4 days of solid use and up to a week depending on game usage.

When are you gonna see the glow? Too busy looking at the screen playing the game :P
Posted 13:40 on 08 July 2013
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MJTH

It's an after effect of the fact that the PSeye is no longer a feature inside the box. At the very least it does have a use for what player each colour represents. Doubt in the end it with really cause much of a problem.
Posted 11:44 on 08 July 2013
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munkee

The current Dualshock always has a light on and each battery charge seems to last ages. I wouldn't worry about the battery draining.

The slight glow it's going to create could be quite annoying though :\
Posted 11:32 on 08 July 2013
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