PlayStation's president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida has ruled out the possibility of offering PS4 owners the option to disable the DualShock 4's light bar. Yoshida addressed fans via Twitter after the exec was quizzed on the likelihood of a "future update" that may offer the ability to turn off the illuminated panel on the upper surface of the controller for games that make no use of it.
"No," replied Yoshida, in response to the question.
Common complaints from players and critics include the light bar reflecting in the TV screen and the controller's relatively short battery life (around 7 hours) compared with the DualShock 3.
When it was later implied such a feature would help extend the controller's battery life, Yoshida added, "The LEDs do not use much battery".
I am almost positive that the lightbar does not, in fact, have any appreciable impact on the battery life whatsoever, but I imagine it does get very annoying. Why will Sony simply not offer the option to turn the light off, especially when they try to position themselves as so 'gamer friendly' in recent days?