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Worry Not, Developers Can Switch Off the DualShock 4's Light Bar

Posted by Sammy Barker

Let there be no light

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.


User Comments (6)



Paranoimia said:

I'm not sure leaving it up to the user via firmware is ideal, as it could cause issues with games which need it. But if it can be done, I can see every developer doing it if the light is not required - especially if their game is dark. It's only going to be a couple of lines of code - no big deal.



Snorky said:

It doesn't really bother me at all. If anything I'd rather it stayed on or stayed off, flashing lights are pretty distracting.



Madd_Hatter401 said:

Cover it with electric tape if you find the light a big deal lol..I game in the dark but I doubt this will matter much seeing my LCD/LED makes my room uninhabitable to any and all vampires anyway.

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