Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has put the boot in light bar-gate before it’s really got started. Over the weekend, some of you were disappointed to learn that the illuminated strip on the DualShock 4 cannot be switched off at a system level – but the likeable executive has now clarified that developers will have the option to shut down the beam should they desire.

In theory, this means that studios could include a light bar toggle in their games, though we doubt that every team will be willing to go out of its way. Still, at least this proves that it can be done – look out for a future firmware update that implements the functionality at a hardware tier. Alternatively, we suppose that you could always stock up on duct tape.