The light bar on the top of the DualShock 4 is easily one of the device’s neatest features. It gives the unit a futuristic quality, and is also used for some pretty impressive PlayStation Move-esque motion tracking in technology demo The Playroom. However, its inclusion has us a little concerned about television glare – and sadly Sony’s confirmed that should that become a problem, you won’t be able to turn the beam off.
Asked on Twitter if the illuminated strip could be shut down to preserve the controller’s battery life, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida simply responded, “No.” It’s possible, however, that the firm may change its mind in the future, and add an option to do so with a simple firmware update.
In addition to being used for motion tracking, the light bar is also being employed for an additional layer of gameplay feedback. In Killzone: Shadow Fall, for example, the strip changes colour based on your health, while in Hohokum the bulb switches shade according to the hue of your snake. It’s definitely a neat effect, but we reckon that an option to switch it off if necessary would be appreciated.