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Sony Wants to Keep Your PS4 Controller's Light Turned On

Posted by Sammy Barker

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We suppose that it’s a testament to just how well the PlayStation 4’s been built that the DualShock 4’s light panel is a peeve at all, but it currently sits somewhere near the top of next generation gamers’ grievances. For many, the mandatory strip is an irritation, draining the controller’s battery life and prompting some irritating glare on regrettably positioned television sets. But does Sony have plans to pull the plug on the arguably unnecessary addition in a future firmware update?

“No,” said a talkative Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida in response to a fan on Twitter. “The LEDs do not use much battery,” he added when the interrogator suggested that it may be the culprit for the peripheral’s poor lifespan. That’s the end of that, then.

In truth, we suspect that an option to turn off the illuminating surface will be added in at some point. It’s hardly a deal-breaker, but with so many people requesting the functionality, it makes sense to add a toggle to the system's user interface in order to keep everyone sweet. After all, while we reckon that the colourful shape makes the input device look pretty futuristic, the best implementation that we’ve seen of the feature thus far is in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, where it flickers like protagonist Lara Croft’s torch. It’s not exactly a game changer, is it?

[via twitter.com, twitter.com]

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charlesnarles

#2

charlesnarles said:

@JaredJ it could get more interactive in terms of when devs choose to use it, but I agree that it's weird to have a light be on for no reason other than it being a negligible energy draw

Epic

#3

Epic said:

Is that so? Then I might need to use this on that pesky when I finaly get one
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BornOfEvil

#4

BornOfEvil said:

I hope they add the ability to turn it off, that way people can stop whining.

@Epic But there'll be residue when you take it off.

Paranoimia

#6

Paranoimia said:

Yoshida is right in that it won't be using much power. LEDs are used in everything from torches to car headlights these days for that very reason. Turning it off will make no discernable difference to the battery life. I think the main drain will be the new rumble motors and the enhanced SIXAXIS sensitivity.

However, there should be a toggle for those who find the reflection an issue, though I have to say I never notice it unless there's a very dark scene, and even then it's barely noticeable.

Of course, developers can help gamers out here, since they do - according to Yoshida - have that control at software level. So they can either turn it off in games which don't need it (currently most of them), or provide a menu option to do so.

It's not like you can see it well yourself during regular play unless you normally hold the pad at an unnatural angle, so using it for health indicators etc. is mostly pointless anyway.

Epic

#7

Epic said:

@BornOfEvil Its just a smalll casualty to achieve victory!!!
Nah, I just love to play on the dark and I think I might find it a bit distracting and even more if its starts blinking randomly or something like that.

JaredJ

#8

JaredJ said:

It would be distracting if you were playing Tomb Raider in the dark and the light was flickering like a torch.

Tasuki

#9

Tasuki said:

Honestly it doesn't bother me and to be truthful I actually like it. It wouldn't bother me to have an option to turn it off since I will never use it but it's nice to have that option for people who do.

Thegamingzombie

#10

Thegamingzombie said:

I guess I'm the only one out there that actually likes the light bar :/ I like the small touches it adds to games, like representing your Health or simulating a torch in your hand, I don't know, I find interesting!

Psychotic_Demon

#12

Psychotic_Demon said:

Pairing it with the cam it has some unique features. The only other use ive really experienced with it is the health indicator on Killzone turning from green to yellow/orange then red.

GDallow

#13

GDallow said:

to be honest though i dont see what the issue is do people sit and point it at the tv while playing? there is an angle on it facing the light down so people must be holding their controller in a strange way i dont even notice the light when playing but its good indicator for battery just lift the controller without having to disrupt a game to check the amount of battery left

Dodoo

#14

Dodoo said:

I just read on another website that you can take the larger 1800mah battery out of the DS3 and put it into the DS4 directly with no modding. It connects straight to the controllers motherboard and extends the battery life from about 8 to 14 hours... Not tried it myself but could be worth a shot!

KALofKRYPTON

#15

KALofKRYPTON said:

I really like it.

It's a rare thing indeed for me to play in a dimmed room these days, but it adds to the ambiance quite nicely I think.
It flashes in Warframe when you take damage too.

@Dodoo interesting. I've only taken apart a sixaxis once, and that was incredibly difficult to get back together, I wonder if the DS4 is easier.

KAPADO

#17

KAPADO said:

I barely notice that light there is nothing to complain so people nitpick.
I wanted it off because of the battery drain.But that doesn't seem to be the cause, so I'll just shut up.
And I bet they have some huge plans for it or else they would have given us the option to turn it off by now.

banacheck

#18

banacheck said:

I really don't see the problem and as for the TV glare I could not achieve it, and that's from purposely holding it in front of the TV.

Cyrso

#20

Cyrso said:

An option to turn it off, couldn't hurt..

And it seems like everyone has already forgotten it's the lightbar was mainly conceived for tracking by the camera and to measure the distance between the TV & the player adding a very useful metric to motion-control-based games on top of the sixaxis. And it could also be used for splitscreen, to split the screen occordingly the players' positions.

So it's definitely useful imo, but there definitely should be an option to turn if off.

hydeks

#21

hydeks said:

my tv is mounted on the wall, so when I get my PS4 (whenever that is) I won't be having that issue at all :-) Would probably be smart to make an option later though to turn it off if it bugs people that much though.

-CraZed-

#22

-CraZed- said:

@Thegamingzombie Nope. I like the light bar as well. It definitely makes it easier to identify the controllers during multiplayer sessions and I like the nuances of the light changes during some games.
Also it is a built in Move controller for when my kids want to mess around in the Playroom.

@Dodoo Do you have a link?

JuanitoShet

#23

JuanitoShet said:

If I had a PS4, I wouldn't mind it. It's just a light, and it's not like it's hitting you square in the face or anything. THAT would make it cumbersome.

JaxonH

#24

JaxonH said:

I don't necessarily mind it, but it is kind of pointless. I can't see it anyways because it's facing away from me. But it does look cool, and it is a good visual indicator of controller sequence. Idk, I'm fine with it because I don't play with the lights off.

BlueProxy

#25

BlueProxy said:

Not a big deal for the most part, but I get why people want the option to turn it off. Why not just make a simple update that automatically activates the light when certain games need to use it, then off for other times. It already does it when the controller is finished charging.

MightyGoliath

#27

MightyGoliath said:

Can't you guys think? It's probably a scanner that scans your entire room. Like a laser. Just like Xbox is spying with the Kinect. They are spying with that stupid light. Why else won't they turn it off bozo's

MightyGoliath

#28

MightyGoliath said:

You actually think its just a stay on forever light so it can flash colors while we cant see it when its on the other side of the controller, you cant see it anyway, whats the point? Just to help u see in the dark when u go pee? So you have a cheaper light bill? Yea, those Jap's are laser scanning ur room and house. They are even making a new phone to scan the environment from google. SCREW you SONY! You know your doing that. No1 wants it, so why choose what you want and not the customer, BECAUSE it BENEFITS YOU!!!

MightyGoliath

#29

MightyGoliath said:

You actually think its just a stay on forever light so it can flash colors while we cant see it when its on the other side of the controller, you cant see it anyway, whats the point? Just to help u see in the dark when u go pee? So you have a cheaper light bill? Yea, those Jap's are laser scanning ur room and house. They are even making a new phone to scan the environment from google. SCREW you SONY! You know your doing that. No1 wants it, so why choose what you want and not the customer, BECAUSE it BENEFITS YOU!!!

Ali247

#31

Ali247 said:

Shut the heck up, there isn't a camera scanning the room with the lightbar, GET REAL IDIOT and if u don't like playstation then get the heck off this site. You seriously have no life finding a playstation website and saying negative things about it and get a life fool!

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