Future PS4 firmware update will let you dim DualShock 4's lightbar

[UPDATE] President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida reveals the news today at the Game Developers Conference.

[UPDATE] As it turns out, you'll only be able to dim the lightbar, not turn it off entirely.

The original story is below.

An upcoming PlayStation 4 firmware update will allow you turn off the lightbar on the DualShock 4 controller. PlayStation president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida revealed the news to journalist Geoff Keighley today the Game Developers Conference.

In January, a fan asked Yoshida on Twitter if Sony would someday allow users to turn off the lightbar, to which he plainly replied: "No." It appears there's been a change of heart at Sony, though it's not clear if fan feedback or some other reason drove the decision.

The next PS4 firmware update is 1.70, which includes an HDCP off option for gameplay capture and a new video editing tool, is due to launch in the coming weeks. It's not clear if the ability to turn off the DualShock 4 lightbar will come through this update or a future update.

The DualShock 4 lightbar works in conjunction with the PlayStation Camera as a tracking beacon. When multiple gamers are playing together, the lightbar will designate each player a color (blue, red, green, pink) depending on the order in which they press the PlayStation button.

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314 comments
stevebigbro
stevebigbro

Screw cd/mp3/and external hard drive support and 3d BLU RAY PAYBACK. FUCK YOU SONYjust because you think 3d is dying I'm supposed to throw out my ps4 and or buy A ps3 again? 

VENOM_8625
VENOM_8625

Why would you want to dim/turnoff the light bar in the first place ??? 

jclsy
jclsy

I have no problems with the light at, it's hardly noticeable when you're actually into the game. Until it changes color and/or flashes, but that's just a neat feature.

People complaining about the battery life, maybe you should just play less and charge it while your ps4 is on standby? That's like complaining that a bag of candy doesn't have enough candy in it because you finished it too fast. I don't think people should be playing enough to bring down the controller from full charge to dead in one sitting, but that's just me haha

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

I actually think the light bar is pretty cool, especially in games that take advantage of it, like for example, the awesome red to orange flashing light bar in Tomb Raider DE when you have a torch equipped, or KZ's light bar-based health meter. The battery life for the DS4 is laughable, but if you have at least two controllers, there is no reason you should have to play with a USB cable plugged in. The damn thing will even charge controllers in standby mode. I don't want a dim-ass lightbar, I want more titles to make use of it. XB1 has rumble triggers, PS4 has a built in speaker and an arguably cool lightbar, if you don't like it, go to Russia, lol!

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

Who the fuck is having a problem with the lightbar? You barely notice it while playing games. 

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Now THIS is a gamechanger. Screw cd/mp3/and external hard drive support for game installs, the ability to actually tweak your controller light a bit makes up for all that:)

warrner11
warrner11

dim....the light bar...



*stares at light bar*



i dont get it.....why????

anshanlord
anshanlord

When will you add the goddamned pause button for the download manager?:D

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

well that should help improve battery life a bit

ank000
ank000

The only thing that is wrong with DS4 is its battery life. The led on DS4 is very bright and consume significant amount of power, and by dimming it we might get some boost in battery life

DrKill09
DrKill09

...just use electrical tape.

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

THANK YOU. That was the only issue I had with the DS4. It's not so bright as to blind me (like the stupid WiiU screen...) but it kinda gets annoying because I sometimes see it reflect off my receiver or another semi-glossy surface. Dimming it would certainly make that a non-issue.

Now all I need is for an update that will allow you to turn off the WiiU screen when it's not in use.

Vodoo
Vodoo

What is Sony's problem with this damn light bar? It's super bright and takes away from the battery power. The absolute WORST thing with the PS4 is how pathetically bad its battery life is on the controllers. I have the Official Sony dual controller dock and after playing for just a few hours, the controllers have to be charged again. TURN OFF THE FUCKIN LIGHT ALREADY!

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

This is about as stubborn as MS is about removing the Kinect from their new system. I wonder what's with Sony.

stickybun
stickybun

There's electrical tape over mine right now. I hate it.

GLOBALv
GLOBALv

If they don't allow you to turn it off, then when I get my PS4 I'm painting that thing black.

lomar07
lomar07

Why don't they make the control to turn it self off to save battery like the PS3 controller?

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Wait you can dim it, but not turn it off. Just allow us to turn it off.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

The only problem with the light to me is that it drains the controllers battery. But either than that it's all good. The only fools that have a problem with the light shining in their face are idiots.

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

@jclsy My batery dies in like 4 hours now, there seams to be a real degrade in max charge after a while, its just dying faster and faster its getting silly. my 3ds still holds a longer charge after years of use

los101278
los101278

I agree with you on almost everything except playing less. Y don't u have 2 controllers and swap as needed? People sometimes complain about the most silly stuff.

I think the lights is a neat feature. Yes the battery life sucks but you can't have your cake and eat it too.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@LJNkickstarter  Most don't actually have a problem with the light bar, but the possible drain on battery life that it might have. If Sony bit the bullet and decided to give us the ability to dim it, it's probably safe to say that they found that it actually does use more power than they originally thought.

nparks
nparks

@LJNkickstarter Vampires?  It does seem like an odd thing to prioritize, but I'm sure Sony PR has focus tested possible updates and found this is the one internet fanboys are screaming for the most.

insloanwetrust
insloanwetrust

@ank000  Nope, Try the built in speaker, mic being connected to it and it having a different battery all together. It also uses a different sensor to connect wireless and to work with the camera is uses juice. All that is why the battery does not last long not because of a little led light.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@SlowMotionKarma  just press the power button (DON'T HOLD IT) that should turn off the Wii U gamepad but leave the system on, at least it does for me

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Vodoo That would be nice and cool... if it weren't because a led BARELY CONSUMES BATTERY. hell! you put a led directly into a AA without a resistance between it and the source and there is a high chance that it will explode/melt!

You can chek it online if you don't believe me; you should have done it before posting in fact.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

@GLOBALv  You will seriously regret that. You won't know which player you are, when friends come over. Plus, are you gonna paint their controllers, black too?! You can't. Then no one will know, who's using what controller. Then you'll have to buy new ones. Those are like $50 each! lol Just leave it, you're not blind from it. Don't look into the light, Timmy, Don't look into the light lol   

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@SiLenTWarrior29 Battery life is also why I prefer a third party wired PS3 controller over the official DS3, despite the lack of motion control.

los101278
los101278

Who gives a fuck!! If u get 4 hours of life I think that's great. Being on a game for 4 hours straight sucks. Beside for the people that like to play for long periods at a time here is my tip. BYE ANOTHER controller and SWAP as needed.

I feel sony is trying to pleased us

ti2xgr
ti2xgr

@horizonwriter @LJNkickstarter  Except that it's just a cluster of LED lights which are a burp of a power drain. I would go so far as to say you could barely measure the amount of drain it has on the controller.

ecter1216
ecter1216

@insloanwetrust @MajinSquall  Actually yes it does. Have you not seen the video on how to unhook the led cable? I have had a PS4 since launch. The battery sucked. As soon as I unhooked a simple cable that was plugged into a port on the controller mainboard I got an easy 8-15 hours more on my controller. I dont have the camera and only one player so I really don't see the light being anything awesome .

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

@MajinSquall @SlowMotionKarma Hmm, maybe that works in certain games? I tried a few games (Super Mario 3D World for instance) and it had no effect. Thanks for the suggestion though. I guess I just have to use the pro controller...

wallacom
wallacom

@Vinnvn @Vodoo  Why not? I see no reason for the light. It was cool for a week, but now, it's pointless.
I really want to know why they want to keep the light on.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@wallacom @Jinzo_111887I suspect they might be planning to try to push the PS4 camera and use it in a way similar to the Playstation Move was on the PS3. Kinect vs PS4 move, I suppose.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Faye_Tallity @GLOBALvThere is always the option to do a trial and error run with tape to minimize the light size. Personally, I'd prefer a controller with a cord, but maybe I'm old fashion in this way.

GLOBALv
GLOBALv

I'll photoshop it and post it in this forum when I get a chance.

ti2xgr
ti2xgr

@ecter1216 @insloanwetrust @MajinSquall  Seriously...8-15 hours more? I don't even get 8 hours in the first place. I also know a thing about LED lights (I own a Christmas Lighting business) and I can tell you that the little cluster of LEDs should not affect the power drain nearly that much. You're only talking .04 watts of power.