PlayStation 4 controller light won't switch off

Sony president of worldwide studios confirms that the DualShock 4's Lightbar won't switch off.

Players won't be able to switch off the light which emanates from the front of the PlayStation 4's controller, Sony president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed.

When asked on Twitter if the PS4's light bar could be switched off to save battery, Yoshida responded with a firm "no."

The light bar on the DualShock 4 controller is designed to work with the PlayStation 4 camera to detect motion, similar to the Move controller. The light can also be used for system functions, such as letting players know when the battery is low, and by developers; Killzone: Shadow Fall uses the light bar to give an indication of the players' health.

Along with the light bar, the DualShock 4 features a mono speaker, a 3.5mm headset jack, a micro USB port, and a clickable touch pad on the front of the controller.

The PlayStation 4 will be released later this year for $399.

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1930 comments
twisted_sith
twisted_sith

how will it help with health bars? it's not visible when you hold it...

lunahalo
lunahalo

whats with people thinking it stays on when the PS4 is off? Of course it turns off when the console turns off. They are talking about while you are playing

lunahalo
lunahalo

it's because originally the EYE was going to come with every console, just like the Kinect. Then to undercut Xbox and screw developers (they were  originally told the EYE would launch with all systems) they pulled it last minute to cut the shelf price thinking that would make a difference. 

the light is used to tell what player is holding what controller and detect motion like the old EYE did. 

Xboxone does that too...but with face recognition. You know, new tech

SuperBigBoss100
SuperBigBoss100

The controller's light bar feature is approved by Adam Orth.

Xizle
Xizle

Wait. Does it at  least turn off when the console is turned off?

stev69
stev69

With all the "features" this controller is supposed to have, I can't help but find myself wondering about battery life.

spindie
spindie

I always liked how the dualshock 3 controller did not have any obnoxious lights like the xbox controller did. Just the very tiny led at the top to let you know it was on and thats it. Than the xbox360 controller on the otherhand.. wow. Four huge led's around the home button that spin/blink in response to every user action. Plus If the xbox360 battery was low it would blink violently, and the closer the battery got to dying, the more it would blink! Which is retarded to say the least.. So i can clearly say i am not happy with this news about the upcoming ps4 controller.

barrica
barrica

Im cool with it, light bar to give an indication of the players' health. Sounds like a cool inovation, i hope they use this on FPS games. I can deal with that!

rodd76dog
rodd76dog

good!! now you can use a blue flashlight and find players online. 

Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

Now we know why Sony has been so nice to gamers.They have been trying to cover up this flaw.I am anticipating a large amount of people who preordered the PS4  to cancel and decide to go with the Nintendo W..ii..U..iuu..Whatever Nintendo is calling the freaking thing.

Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

But what about Global warming?!?!?!? Think of the Children…

MonkerzX
MonkerzX

Eh seems like a stupid waste of battery life.

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

Looks like a very exquisite, useless boring blue light.

TirOrah
TirOrah

The bar doesn't look too big, I think I'll live. I kind of expected the bar to switch off when the console is turned off though. Can't have 'm all!

rtircoklled
rtircoklled

Can Nokia start making controllers plz.  Would really like a controller that doesn't break or at least wear out so easily.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

This got to near 2000 comments, don't even know why.. if people think the led light is using power, its the same lights in current PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers. What is this fuss about?

lostastsea22485
lostastsea22485

Wow...remember those other amazing glowing things that SOLONELY put out...yeah those dumb ass glowing balls on sticks...enjoy cheers.


OH and thank goodness another SONY loving article by Martin "Sold my soul to sony and all I got was this stupid Tshirt" Gaston

Adema83
Adema83

Duct Tape, now stop your whining. Can also be applies to Kinect.


Also why is this news even worth reporting on?

Falru
Falru

So long as it isn't overly bright I don't care. My PC power LED is bright as fuck and that doesn't bother me.


It's about time we got a speaker on our controllers. There's plenty of game/non-game uses for that. Can't find the controller? Push a button on the PS4 to make all controllers beep for a few seconds.

FARQZLL
FARQZLL

fuck'n great ...so if I own both consoles the Xbox1 will block or ban me, if it see's a blue light of the dualshock 4 in my hands lol

DWalker131
DWalker131

this is a pretty good idea for people like me, i ALWAYS lose my controller when i get disturbed (e.g phonecall) while playing games, places my controller ends up include kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, living room (my console is in my bedroom) .

it'd be a PERFECT idea IF the light stays on ONLY when the console is on, what the hell am i gonna do with a massively glowing blue light on the controller while i'm trying to sleep at night ?

josh7845
josh7845

What I don't understand is, why give me an indication of my character's health on the one thing I'm never looking at when I'm playing a game? Through kinaesthetic  projection we don't notice the controller, we simply become immersed into the game to the point where we feel like we are making things happen on the screen by ourselves and not with a peripheral. This is why we feel our immersion break when say Killzone 3 makes you hold the controller in front of your face and turn it around a bit to plant a bomb. It doesn't feel natural. 

What also won't feel natural is looking away from the screen to check on your characters health by looking on the back of the fucking controller. In Killzone - as far as I'm aware - there is regenerating health anyway so why would you even need to look? Surely there would also be some sort of indication on the screen as to how hurt your character is unless the devs recently had a head trauma and decided the controller would be the best way of checking.

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

There will be an update that will allow you to turn it off in future perhaps, or you could just stick a bit of duct tape on the back lol

Trust me it wont be a problem with the light on even in the dark, your TV screen will be far to bright for your eyes anyway.

Igal-Ze
Igal-Ze

"The light can also be used for system functions, such as letting players know when the battery is low..." 
Good thinking! An always on power-consuming light is a great way to help conserve power.... 

RetroArcAngel
RetroArcAngel

This is great and all but been a young teen I have my TV on my desk and hold the controller well below where I would put the sensor bar for the controller so how is this going to work? Plus if I pretty much hold the controller in my lap how would I be able to utilise the light?

nedrith
nedrith

I hope that the Devs can find some decent uses for it, the health thing in Killzone sounds nice.  If not this isn't a issue that some creative use of some duct tape can't solve.:)

rezarazor
rezarazor

anything else xbone lovers ?

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

My 360 has a circle in the centre of its controller and 1/4 of it lights up when ever I turn it on and I can't turn the light off until I power down the console or controller entirely.

Really, all this is, is a bigger light. Don't worry too much.

Batmanager
Batmanager

1. Why is this news?
2. Why does this shit have nearly 2000 comments as for now?
3. Will the always on light drain the battery quicker? Batteries are not cheap :-7

lostastsea22485
lostastsea22485

@Adema83 Because it's Martin Gaston..he has his quota of SONY lovefest articles to put out...

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@josh7845 I don't think its for you, it's probably for other people to tell you "oh your health is low!"

shotgungho
shotgungho

@Igal-Ze that light does like...nothing to drain the power compared to the wireless inputs from playing a game...or a wireless controller just sitting there while the console is on. 


on another note...is this really worth an update? who cares if that thing doesnt turn off? are people really so afraid to go outside that a little light is going to scare them away from the ps4?

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@Batmanager It won't drain it any faster than current gen controller batteries, same tiny led light just spread over a larger area.

Igal-Ze
Igal-Ze

@Batmanager 

1. Because its about dumb exec decisions, so there's a pattern

2. Because people like you and I leave them

3. Yes. Yes it will. 

josh7845
josh7845

@BlackLense @josh7845 But you won't be looking at it. If you're about to die, you have more reason to look at the screen to try and not die rather than break your immersion and possibly risk dying in the game by looking at the back of your controller which isn't easily visible anyway unless you enjoy playing in the dark. 

blabr70
blabr70

@shotgungho @Igal-Ze No, if it's on it's doing something. Comparing it to what other things do is irrelevant. The light not turning off makes no sense

IJONOI
IJONOI

@DWalker131 @josh7845 It's a shitty gimmick designed to pull in the muppets that's all. Won't make a blind bit of difference to the game. 

You look at your controller playing a FPS on any setting other than easy and you SHOULD be dead. 

DWalker131
DWalker131

@josh7845  i think it might be bright enough for you to see the glow without looking directly at it, but your right, if your playing in broad day light it would be hard to see

shotgungho
shotgungho

@blabr70 @shotgungho @Igal-Ze shall we complain about the little red light on the ps3 controller then? or the one around the center xbox button on ITS controller? the blue one on the wii? every wireless controller has had a little light which you cannot turn off. and i think its worth noting that it does nothing compared to other parts of the controller when it is in fact part of the controller and the controller still lasts 24 or so hours