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Dual Shock 4's Light Bar Is "Always On"

Here's something you might not have known about the fancy new Dual Shock 4.

You're likely aware of the Light Bar on the front part of the controller, but you might not realize that unfortunately, it can't be turned off.

A gamer asked Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida if this would be possible on Twitter, and Yoshida replied simply, "no." This would've been a way to save battery life, and it's a little confusing, too. If the PS4 camera isn't mandatory for playing on the system - and Sony has already confirmed that it isn't - then why exactly can't we turn off the Light Bar? Maybe it just doesn't work that way. Oh, and Yoshida also said the reason the PS4 only has USB ports on the front of the system is so you can "easily recharge" the controller.

Well, that makes sense. But this Light Bar business doesn't...does it?

Tags: dual shock 4, ps4 controller, dual shock 4 light bar

7/5/2013 9:23:01 PM John Shepard

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Comments (26 posts)

MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:12:09 PM
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It's a GPS tracking system from North Korea.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:20:01 PM
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Different colors let you know who's player 1,2,3,4,5,6, or 7. Assuming there are 7 players.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:26:25 PM

It could do that just as well if you could turn it off.

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ProfPlayStation
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:22:13 PM
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Great. More things reflecting off my TV and bezel. And I thought the DualShock 3's red status light was annoying...

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Jawknee
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:25:40 PM
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If its only as bright as it looks in that picture its not a problem for me. And while I agree that it makes sense to have USB ports in the front for charging purposes it would be nice to have a few in the rear to hook up an external drive. Especially when you have grabby children who like to pull on things. Ha

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Cesar_ser_4
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:00:01 PM

or when you have some PS4 peripherals to connect like the camera. It's kind of annoying at least for me to see one of the ports being taken up, specially with the PS3 only having 2 of em.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:33:35 AM

Exactly. Makes just as much sense to have them in the back as it does the front.

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Gregory Freeman
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 6:58:22 PM

I love having the 80gb BC unit. 4 USB ports, and a slue of card readers :3

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:28:28 PM
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Hmmm, hopefully someone will make a jacket that covers it up enough. Seems like a waste of the battery but if it's LED then it won't pull much juice. I just don't want it being all bright and annoying.

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Cesar_ser_4
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 10:57:49 PM
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It doesn't come with a camera but it does come with the sensor doesn't it?

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, July 05, 2013 @ 11:14:44 PM
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yah, I can see this annoying as hell if it's too bright especially when it's dark outside/lights are off. My Samsung has a blue light in front of the bezel, good thing you can adjust the lighting down to off.

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EndZero
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:40:08 AM
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From the moment I saw the light bar at the PS4 reveal it was obvious the camera was going to be "essential to the PS4 experience".

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cLoudou
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:06:54 AM
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Torches and pitchforks!

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556pineapple
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 2:00:37 AM
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Eh, still beats a spy camera that's always on.

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___________
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 4:44:29 AM
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WTFs the point of forcing the light to be on, when your not using it?
so what happens when im sleeping and am charging the controller?
lucky me gets a blue light flashing in my face?
oh joy!
looks like a roll of black duct tape will be my first purchase after getting each controller.

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 7:32:58 AM

If your eyes are shut, you'll be alright.

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Troy Powers
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 8:42:46 AM

Orrrrr...you could always turn the controller off when charging it/not using it.

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johnld
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 6:36:45 PM

why the hell do you need the damn light bar facing your closed eyes when you sleep? use your common sense man. plus the light bar doesnf even seem that bright enough.

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Troy Powers
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 8:41:35 AM
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I thought it was pretty much accepted that the original idea was to bundle the camera into every PS4, but they changed their minds last minute to undercut the price of the Xbox One. I think this is further evidence of that.

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Clamedeus
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 10:31:23 AM
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I don't see it as an issue, so i am fine with it.

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PC_Max
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 12:51:35 PM
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Makes me wonder if Sony was considering the Eye the same way MS was, but opted out. Unfortunately the light bar is probably hardwired in the controller, light an power on light.

The concern is how much would the battery have with and without the light, similar to whether you used the tumbler on the controller or not.

ITs not a big issue, other than how much life could you gain from the battery if it was off. Other than that... if you play in the dark you will always know where you left the controller.

I would like to know how much the recharge cable would be. Not the one that initially comes with the box, since the PS3 ones were not long enough to sit back and play with it connected. Unless you like sitting right in front of the TV. But the cables we have to buy after in the store. Of course it would be nice if one could the PS3 cable, if we have one already.Anyone know?

Keep Playing!

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berserk
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 1:37:00 PM
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Only show that sony planned on making the camera part of the full package and got it out of there to make the system cheaper .

The game coming out with the ps4 ( need the camera to play it ) only make me more confident about being right about this .

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Gregory Freeman
Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 7:02:57 PM
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Now, does the ps4 controller utilize Sixaxis? Because if it did, it could theoretically work as an alternative to the camera sensor if you didn't have the camera..

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Beamboom
Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 3:48:35 PM
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It's not like it's halogen headlamps we talk about here. I think it looks stylish with that front light detail. But then again I've always been weak for lights. Blinking, strobing, coloured, funny shapes, effects, details; bring it on.
When I discovered my new CPU fan were glowing blue I instantly went, "coool!".

:)

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Teddie9
Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 7:56:13 PM
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*shrug* It'll always remind you that such an accessory exists if you wanted it.

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Crabba
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 4:43:34 PM
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That sounds very annoying, many games are best played in the dark, and having some forced-on light right in front of you all the time will definitely be annoying. I know how annoying it was the few times I've used the Move controller...

I see no reason why they couldn't include a simple option in a controller menu to turn that light on/off.

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