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Submitted by KosmoCrisis 983d ago | news

Sony: DualShock 4 light bar can change your mood when gaming in the dark

Nick K writes:
"Everyone is focused so much on the DualShock 4′s light bar being used simply as a built-in Move controller working in tandem with the new camera peripheral for PS4. Scott Rodhe, Senior VP Sony World Wide Studios, jumped onto the PlayStation Blog this past week and talked about a new way that games might use the light bar and a dark room to influence the player’s mood while gaming." (Dev, PS4, Tech)

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Prodigy-X  +   983d ago
SynGamer  +   983d ago
Very, and I'm not being sarcastic. I think of games like where it's dark, and perhaps you put on some night goggles (green-ish light) to illuminate the surroundings. The controller could turn to green like in the game and extend that effect to your living room. Really looking forward to the usage of the light bar and speaker on the controller.

Also, I LOVE that I'll be able to plug in a headset to the controller now. instead of having to buy a wireless headset or have a 10 foot cable connected to my PS3, I can use my favorite pair of headphones while gaming again.
HammadTheBeast  +   983d ago
What if you're playing an open world game, get near a light source had the glow intensifies? Or flickers to emulate fire?

Hidden areas are shown by glow?
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SilentNegotiator  +   983d ago's on the front of the controller. How well are you even going to see it?
kaozgamer  +   983d ago

thats why they said "..when gaming in the dark"
SilentNegotiator  +   982d ago

That still doesn't answer my question because we have no idea how bright it is.
MikeMyers  +   982d ago
The Playstation Move can also change colors.
loulou  +   982d ago
i know now that one of the first things i do when i power up my spanking new ps4 will be to search the menus to see if you can turn it off.

i really cant imagine anything beneficial coming from it.. and having to charge the damn controller more

syn gamer. i seriously doubt that the controller will have the impedance to drive decent headphones. more like it will be like the 360 controller where you can use it just for the headset function
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Ju  +   982d ago
It's ambient light. In a low lighted room it will change the ambient color of your room.

Muzzle flash can be one implementation, for example. Non-directional light which gives you the impression the light comes actually from the player.
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Yi-Long  +   982d ago
It's a 'gimmick'...
... and while it's a very cool 'gimmick' for some people, I pretty much never game in the dark anyway (it will hurt/strain your eyes, and I need my eyes for gaming).

Also, I see it eating up my batteries wayyyy to quickly, so I'll probably decide to turn it off anyway.
Prodigy-X  +   983d ago
Don't understand the disagrees but whatever.
Rumor  +   983d ago
you new?
rezzah  +   983d ago
basically people don't think it is awesome.

At least it makes sense in your case.
GABRIEL1030  +   983d ago
Really is awesome, because It's a simple and cheap idea, but with a great objective that is immerse the player in the game's color palette, really interesting.
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mamotte  +   982d ago
Because is absurd to think that such a small light covered in plastic will illuminate something 10 cms away from it.
Reverent  +   982d ago
@mamotte, I'm guessing you've never played with the PlayStation Move then... It can be VERY bright.
MariaHelFutura  +   983d ago
(Barry White voice)

Oh yeah baby.
chaos-lockheart  +   983d ago
hope it doesn't glare off the TV screen like the movie did, it got so annoying at times, especially when I'm playing dark areas, and you see this little bulb thing.
ijust2good  +   983d ago
Nothing awesome about these lights. They help drain battery. Sony still are forcing this dildo enspired thing they call move. Waste of space.

Console gamers prefer shooters not dildos. This move inspired disco lights is not something gamers wanted. Sony, get ur head, out of ur A** and be more innovative.
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godofboobees  +   982d ago | Well said
Console gamers prefer variety, we're not 12 year old cod players clown.
sourav93  +   982d ago
Seems like someone hates dildos with a passion. Did something happen in your childhood that you wanna talk about?
RIP_Weazel  +   982d ago
You may want to get some frame of reference before you start jabbering on about dildos little fella. It just makes you seem like a little, angry and frustrated fanboy, and I'm sure that's not the case, right?..........
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Fatal-Aim  +   982d ago
Its posts like this that causes the gaming industry to plunder.

Not all gamers want to set around playing shooters, especially with dated controls all the time. Like Move, if this light bar can bring something new to the game without lag to enhance the play, then I say bring it on.

Based on what we do know about the Move controller, this light bar will add more than just a glowing light to the game.
CapsLocke  +   982d ago
Meanwhile in PC space, you could mod your mouse, keyboard and case whatever you want, add all kind of lights and gadgets.

Here, you can change light on the controller. lol, pathetic.
sourav93  +   982d ago
I feel sorry for you man. Just coming out of nowhere on a PS4 article and making a snide comment how PC gaming is still better when it comes to peripherals. Lol, pathetic.
snipermk0  +   982d ago
how is simcity working for ya?
ceballos77mx  +   982d ago
Go sign a petition or something.
KillrateOmega  +   982d ago
So you came here just to fanboy it up for the PC. Lol, how slow has your day been so far? XD
KwietStorm  +   982d ago
Pathetic, I agree completely. You came here with your one bubble just to say that. Pathetic.
DigitalRaptor  +   982d ago
Good luck with developers supporting those "lights and gadgets" in games on a universal basis like the PS4 will do. They never have and they never will.

Keep on hating, ya PC elitist nut.
GribbleGrunger  +   982d ago
Wow, this is getting incredible. A PC fan in THIS thread ... a thread about a light on a controller? Why are they suddenly becoming so active in PS4 threads? Fear? Jealousy? One thing's for sure, it will only get worse (or better depending on whether you enjoy watching people squirm).
Irishguy95  +   982d ago a society, we have come to associating certain colors with 'danger/warning'(Red/o range) or 'safe'(Green/medpacs),violet,pink) /

You can see how these things could be used to affect the atmosphere of a game. In a horror game for example/
MultiConsoleGamer  +   983d ago
I love this controller. So much hidden potential.
Conzul  +   983d ago
[goes out to buy curtains]
jcnba28  +   982d ago
Hidden potential??? LOL you sony fanboys are hilarious!!
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Jek_Porkins  +   983d ago
Kind of cool idea, sort of like the Ilumiroom thing from that Microsoft patent?

I like the idea of adding to the level of immersion.
kwyjibo  +   983d ago
There's Philips' Ambilight which is similiar.
Jek_Porkins  +   983d ago
Ya I like the idea, and clearly it's all kind of aiming at the same audience, not sure why I got so many disagrees
subtenko  +   983d ago
I wonder if it has the capability to glow as the amberlamps...

Also, the disagrees come from people who r just messing around sometimes. "Why all the disagrees" even if its true we'll click disagree anyway just to screw around XD
SilentNegotiator  +   983d ago
You don't understand the disagrees?

For starters, you just compared a small light on a controller to a projector that extends the viewing space of your TV.

And also, you compared a small light on a controller to a projector that extends the viewing space of your TV.

Get the disagrees yet?
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Gimmemorebubblez  +   983d ago
And Sony and Phillips share patents in a company were they both own 49.5%. They are suing Apple now.
N0S3LFESTEEM  +   982d ago
Your getting disagrees because Sony showed off something similar first. As far as this goes I don't know the practicality of it considering I look at my TV and not the ground towards my feet which is usually where I'm pointing the controller when I'm playing.
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PS4isKing_82  +   983d ago
Can't wait for PS4.
NastyLeftHook0  +   982d ago
bubbles just for having onimusha warlords
PirateThom  +   983d ago
The only real use I have for it is as a life meter so we can get rid of that strawberry jam from the edges of screens to indicate I'm taking damage.
nevin1  +   983d ago

But looking down at the controller is a better method?

"In addition to this light show experience, the new speaker in the DualShock 4 will bring near field audio the player (a la Wii Remote)."

I didnt like that in Wiimote.
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PirateThom  +   983d ago
If it's bright enough and flashing, the faster it flashes the more damage you've taken.

If it's illuminating the room, even partially, it'll wil noticeable.
jukins  +   983d ago
depending on your peripheral vision combined with rumble you wouldnt really be looking down at the controller
uuaschbaer  +   983d ago
GreenRanger  +   983d ago
How is anyone supposed to see a light under the back of their controller?
Also, the only time a light ever changed my mood is when my bedroom lightbulb blew while i was reading a book.
I turned from calm to completely pissed.
N0S3LFESTEEM  +   982d ago
I was nic fitting one time and threw my lighter at a lightbulb and it shattered. I went from Pissed to satisfied then back to pissed when I had to clean it up. It was awesome though... a flame shot out and everything.
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Daver  +   982d ago
It depends of the 'force' of the light I suppose.
mamotte  +   982d ago
Not to mention people here believe it'll be a light powerful enough to reach somewhere. I mean, it doesn't seem like a LED lantern or something. Even if it do it, the only change in the mood will be getting angry for recharging the battery every 15 minutes.
Williamson  +   983d ago
It looks pretty cool.
Root  +   983d ago
Still hoping we won't have to use the camera if they do intend to bundle the PS4 with one.

Unless they have two versions, one with and without one
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IcicleTrepan  +   983d ago
All the little kiddies will be putting a sticker over it to help hide the fact that they're up late playing when mom says they should be in bed lol
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GreenRanger  +   983d ago
They should put those stickers over their mothers' eyes so she can't see them through walls. :-)
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Trago1337  +   983d ago
interesting. Kinda wanna see how someone can use this to tackle survival horror.
Half-Mafia  +   983d ago
Depending on how bright it is. The first thing ill be doing is putting tape over the light.

One thing I dont like about the Move is when you play it in the dark, all you see is that bright orb reflecting off the TV.
Fatal-Aim  +   982d ago
That is why some people, like myself, invest in anti-reflective television sets.
Nathaniel_Drake  +   983d ago
Love how each aspect of the ps4 has small component that builds up into the ultImate gaming experience. Sony has maximized each gaming experience from past consoles and have now arrived at the PS4. This is why it is good for Sony to be succesful in gaming
loulou  +   982d ago
did you get paid tp write that??
Nathaniel_Drake  +   982d ago
Why are people disagreeing? Do you really think I'm implying how the other systems don't do that? I am just talking about Sony and how they learned from there mistakes and each system they built is an experience from that. I mean come on the PS4 is now developer friendly because of the PS3 being hard to code for. You people really are sensitive on here, this is a SONY article not MS or Nintendo.

I don't want to get into how MS how been faltering gamer wise for the past several years, that's another article but geez I'm just being a gamer, read it as a gamer not a fanboy
Kur0  +   983d ago
sounds like lame marketing spin. I'm getting a PS4 but don't care for that light bar.
LastXeno  +   983d ago
Gimmicky in the worse way possible. What, is it going to turn red when you stab someone in the throat in Killzone?
rextraordinaire  +   983d ago
Hey, why not? :)

It's not like you had to pay an extra 60$ for it. It's part of the DualShock 4.
inFAMOUS_KRATOS  +   983d ago
the color yellow always hypes me up, hopefully, they have mode on ther where it changes color constantly... turn my rooom into techno herb
Bathyj  +   983d ago
Its an interesting concept.

Just from reading the title I thought right away of the cold hot dynamic, and I think it would actually work on a psychosematic level. In a snow level with your room blue you might actually feel as if you were cold.

Other times it could be used to make you relaxed or tense.
loulou  +   982d ago
wow it's like totally awesome what a "light" on a controller can do smh

" In a snow level with your room blue you might actually feel as if you were cold. " do you people actually believe the rubbish you write??

I wonder if this was an xbox idea would youdisplay the same level of enthusiasm??
kingmushroom  +   983d ago
Red Orbs
Green Orbs
Blue Orbs
rextraordinaire  +   983d ago
Liking that idea. :)

Now, let's have that integrated in the next LittleBigPlanet!
Can see myself toying with that feature a bit. :)
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josephayal  +   983d ago
the light is a home cinema projector
r21  +   983d ago
Pretty sure the light bar doesnt make it a move controller. I read it somewhere. I wonder which developers wanted a light bar on the controller.
Fatal-Aim  +   982d ago
ACTUALLY, the Dual Shock 4 is closer to a Move controller more than you think. I would say that it is more on par with the Wii-mote than the Move but in a more hardcore form.

If you look here: and here'll notice that the Wii-mote supports something called an accelerometer (3 axis), and it's Motion Plus supplies it with something called a gyroscope. Inspite of this, the Move is still more accurate. Move also features something call a magnetometer for very complex gestures which the wii-mote does not support.

Now, if you look at this new Dual Shock can clearly see that it too supports the same types a sensors as the Wii-mote but lack that of the Move. You'll also notice that the glowing light is located on the very front of the controller -- kinda like the wiimote, which allow limited motion detection from the eye or sensor bar.

So, I think its safe to assume that Sony was purposely aiming to have the DualShock 4 to be slightly inferior to the Move to keep from alienating the hardcore user, like Kinect or the Wiimote, but intuitive enough to introduce the feature to the majority without as many drawbacks. So I would't count on swinging the controller around like a golf club or a bat, but I do, however, expect a very similair performance to Nintendo's wiimote controller. But don't fret, for those who care, I'm sure this is their exact reasoning for having the PS4 to also support the Move; it's going to cater to those wanting a more life-like experience to the real thing.
r21  +   982d ago
I understand that it has improved motion detection but no way is it as smooth as the ps move's detection. My past comment was based on this article:
na-no-nai  +   983d ago
Imagine someone getting a seizure from the flashing lights. Lights don't even change my mood and hopefully it don't get too bright at night love playing in the dark. And it could be useful for low life and when going down a dark corridor with flickering light and it flickers in tandem with the lights in-game.
Dlacy13g  +   983d ago
Ummm...feels a bit gimmicky but who knows.
GABRIEL1030  +   983d ago
Really is very interesting, because It's a simple and cheap idea, but with a great objective that is immerse the player in the game's color palette.
SDF Repellent  +   983d ago
Sorry to ask, but isn't this the same concept as the glowing lightbulb of the Move? I have never use the move but dont it glow and change colors wihen your character is interacting with the environment?
Non_sequitur  +   983d ago
It's color is always close to the complementary color of what you are wearing.
sarshelyam  +   983d ago
I can imagine...playing the next Elder Scrolls...bringing my character into a Dungeon, torch in hand, and the lightbar mimics the flicker of the flames, illuminating my dimmed/dark room in orange/yellow pulses.

It sounds completely unbelievable, but it's always those subtleties that draw me in.
dcortz2027  +   983d ago

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Evil_Ryu  +   983d ago
what a stupid kinect rip off
Bumpmapping  +   983d ago
What the eye toy 2.0?

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MasterCornholio  +   983d ago
If it was a copy of Kinect Sony would spend 500 million on marketing the device and they would dedicate studios like Naughtydog to producing Kinect exclusives. And if that isn't bad enough they will try and get the core to support the device by creating so called hardcore kinect games like Crap Batallion.

Now that would be a copy of stupid Kinect. Wanna waggle?

Motorola RAZR i
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Evil_Ryu  +   982d ago
who are you kidding with your silly sarcasm sony doesnt spend money on marketing when was the last time you seen a commercial for a playstation first party game ...they may have alot of studios but all there games quietly creep onto retailers shelves and are left to die. Halo 4 sold more copies then all of Ps3 exclusives combined.
DATNEWYAWKER  +   983d ago
Did anyone else notice that the picture of the controller in this article doesn't have the textured grips like in the previous photos?
puamdefokejpn  +   983d ago
It is textured in that picture,.. klick on the article and on the pitcture to zoom in... Hope that stays like that.
DATNEWYAWKER  +   982d ago
You're right. Thx.
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