DualShock 4 “Light bar” cannot be turned off

Dualshock 4 controller light bar
According to Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida, the light bar featured on the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller cannot be turned off. The light bar features an LED light that was originally meant to track players with the PlayStation Camera accessory.

Sony initially wanted to ship PlayStation Camera with every PlayStation 4 console, but changed their minds once Microsoft revealed something similar with the Xbox One. Sony changed their minds at the last moment, opting to ship the PS4 for $399 without the PlayStation Camera.

Since the design and development of the DualShock 4 was already finalized, it meant that the light bar would stay. And it now means that it has to be on at all times. Of course, it’ll come in handy should you chose to buy a PlayStation Camera, which will be available at launch for $60.

Last week, Sony confirmed that each PlayStation 4 console will ship with the Playstation Camera demo called “The Playroom”.

[Via Shuhei Yoshida's Twitter account]

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  • Mark Thom

    SO WHAT! THAT COOL

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  • Yoshi5081

    I going to buy a Xbox Juan then!!!

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    • Stoppablemurph

      you’re going to buy an xbox just because the light on the controller doesn’t shut off?..

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      • Yoshi5081

        Yeah! It wastes energy.

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        • Stoppablemurph

          but the xbox controller always has a light on too.. and doesn’t come with a rechargable battery.. and has extra rumble motors in the it that also waste battery..
          as long as the battery life is good, what does it matter if it’s got a light on it?

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          • Yoshi5081

            But my parent will complain about at night. They will send me right to sleep. :/ They will go like ” turn off that blue light “

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          • Stoppablemurph

            pretty sure it can change colors and also you could just put a piece of tape over it if it’s that bad..
            actually the devs mentioned ideas of using it’s light to accent the mood of games as well.
            like causing a faint red glow in your room when you’re hurt or blue if you’re under water or green if you’re in the jungle. :)

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          • Sdudyoy

            It does not stay on when the console is off, That would be just stupid.

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          • Christopher Acuna

            Shouldn’t be up late on a school night anyway.

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          • Yoshi5081

            College!!! ;)

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          • Giovanni Nijenhuis

            Are you 5?

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          • Yoshi5081

            19 dude!

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          • audi lover

            Its an led cheap as to run, it costs more to run your mouth

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          • Guest

            I’m 19 dude!!!

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          • Vincent M. Lenzi

            Both the light on the PS4 controller and all the things on the XB1 controller will take up little to no battery life. And in fact both companies have already talked about this. I just cant remember where I saw the articles.

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        • Vincent M. Lenzi

          Actually it will take up very little to no battery life

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  • NintendoNoob

    DAMMIT! Even though that doesn’t matter much and it looks awesome I would appreciate a feature to turn it off. So it doesn’t glare at night and I have a little bit more battery :)

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    • Vincent M. Lenzi

      Im sure it takes up very little to no battery life

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  • bizzy gie

    The lights still indicate which player you are and makes the controller look even sexier.

    Not a problem at all.

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    • Ducked

      So wait, say if I’m played one then the light bar would be blue for an example. And if my friend was player 2 then it be red or green? Or some other color?

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      • The Unknown Legacy

        Yeah if I remember well, they said player 1 is blue, player 2 is red, player 3 is green? and player 4 is pink i believe. Don’t take my word for it tho.

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        • Ducked

          That sounds right, I hope it’s that way. Thanks!

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      • bizzy gie

        Yes. Blue is first player. Red is second. I don’t know the other two.

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        • Ducked

          Okay thanks!

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        • Vincent M. Lenzi

          Green is third, and Purple is fourth

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          • bizzy gie

            See. I wouldn’t want to turn those lights off even if it were optional.

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          • Vincent M. Lenzi

            they look cool

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          • James Michaelis Franklin

            But sadly it would run the battery life down a lot faster Q_Q

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          • bizzy gie

            Probably not by too much.

            Even still, it’s not like this is an Xbox controller or something. I can just easily recharge it without wasting money on batteries.

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          • James Michaelis Franklin

            Even though I’m getting the Xbox One I worry about my brethren gamer’s. Ps4, Wii U, Pc alike lol Hope you guys get the best of your gaming console

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          • bizzy gie

            I will.

            PS4 is getting so many awesome free to play PC games. PS4 is also getting full indie support and 30 exclusives with 12 new IP.

            I can’t wait to get it!

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          • James Michaelis Franklin

            Yeah also we(Xbox) might be getting Warframe at lest lol Microsoft still needs to work out what their going to do with Indie game but when you get your Ps4 hope you have no troubles and have awesome gameplay

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          • bizzy gie

            I doubt it and if you do, it would take several months for the port, but maybe someday.

            It looks like a great game and I can’t wait to play it on PS4.

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          • James Michaelis Franklin

            It is a great game, I have it for the Pc and it’s pretty awesome with a xbox or Ps3 controller oddly it does work a little better with Xbox but ps3 is alot better than using a mouse lol
            Butyou will have a lot of fun with it, if you have a clan you can make a base for your clan and work on it for a long time and make it as big as you like

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          • bizzy gie

            No. The developers just stated that they now view XB1 as a viable platform. Nothing has been confirmed.

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          • James Michaelis Franklin

            Hey man got great news on my side Xbox now appears to have self publishing now! yay, less things to fight about among console war lol woot

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          • bizzy gie

            No. I read that article. Nothing is confirmed.

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          • James Michaelis Franklin
          • bizzy gie

            Looks like MS is trying to play a huge game of catch-up to Sony.

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          • James Michaelis Franklin

            Yep but I hope Sony could do this too, because it would be truly awesome for both systems to do this, but I guess we will see if Sony would allow people to use the Ps4 as a dev kit liek the One is doing, time will tell

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          • bizzy gie

            Sony doesn’t need to. The platform is already very open to indies. It’s why the PS4 is getting 12 EXCLUSIVE indie titles.

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          • James Michaelis Franklin

            it has been confirmed from one of the most reliable source

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  • Christopher Acuna

    DAMN YOU SONY!!! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!!

    /sarcasm ;)

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  • Madmagican

    …This is sorta like saying the wiimote’s player indication doesn’t turn off
    It’s mostly irrelevant

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    • blessedswine

      not even close to irrelavent i can see the damn reflection in my screen the light needs to be turned off so badly that im debating on taking my controller apart and essentially breaking the light.

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  • Ty

    I have no problem with the light bar always being on. There are other uses for it besides pairing it with the Camera. It changes colors if there are multiple controllers on the system to let you know which player is which, it can be used in conjunction with games themselves as a type of health bar indicator, and so on. I’m excited about the light bar, the touch pad, the joysticks, everything on it. I can’t wait to hold that in my hands when I pick up my system on release day.

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  • Peter Mrozik

    I get a reflection of the light bar on the flat screen. Really, really stupid to not be able to turn this useless “feature” off.

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