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The PS4 Controller's Light Bar Will Help You Sneak About in Thief

Posted by Kell Andersen


We're huge fans of the DualShock 4 here at Push Square, so we're always excited to hear about games that take advantage of its unique features. And it seems that upcoming reboot Thief will be attempting to do just that. "The PS4 touchpad is used to quickly select items from your inventory and switch arrowheads," the stealth title's narrative designer Steve Gallagher said in an interview with Gaming Bolt. "It’s really intuitive and people that have played it really like it."

Much more intriguing, though, is the proposed use of the controller's light bar. "We also have the light on the front of the pad changing colour to indicate when you step out into the light," Gallagher continued. "It flashes white when you step into the light and goes dark blue when you’re in the shadows. It’s subtle, but when you’re playing in a darkened room it’s really cool and helps you know when you’re in danger." If this all sounds a bit familiar, you might be experiencing flashbacks to the recently announced Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which makes a similarly novel use of the DualShock 4. Are these nifty features stealing your heart away, or do they sound like silly gimmicks? Get sneaky in the comments section below.


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User Comments (8)



ReigningSemtex said:

The light bar does seem a bit gimmicky but I kind of like it and like what shadowfall did with it so if more games make good use of it I'm not complaining. It would be good to have a option to turn it off though.



Cyrso said:

A bit gimmicky, but there's nothing wrong with if it's not intrusive.

It could be a neat little addition.



jgrangervikings1 said:

Hmm. I like the idea of it, that's for sure. Ultimately, the light is a battery drain and, when using the controller, the light is facing away (and angled away) from the user, so the user can only see it if he can somehow see its reflection or if he wrenches his wrists back far enough to see the light. If the PS4 controller had a light strip somewhere on the front of the controller (or, easier yet, if the PS button would change colors to match the light bar), I'd totally buy into the use of the multiple colors; it would be fantastically enhancing, completely practical, and not-in-the-least-bit gimmicky.



Spidernoir said:

I find it to be a gimmick and yet useful.


If they explained what it did in-game instead of making you guess it would be a lot better.



Beaston61 said:

Hmmmmm, Loved old Thief on PC! One of the best stealth games EVER! As a fan of the old, I am a bit cautious about this one... how has it been modernised? - A youtbue session is in order.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I don't play in the dark. From what I've seen this game ain't worth playing... so far, hopefully they'll be a much improved gameplay trailer released soon. Gimmicks don't make me part with my cash.

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