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."

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SynGamer1855d 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.

HammadTheBeast1855d ago (Edited 1855d 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?

SilentNegotiator1855d ago's on the front of the controller. How well are you even going to see it?

kaozgamer1855d ago


thats why they said "..when gaming in the dark"

SilentNegotiator1854d ago


That still doesn't answer my question because we have no idea how bright it is.

MikeMyers1854d ago

The Playstation Move can also change colors.

loulou1854d ago (Edited 1854d 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

Ju1854d ago (Edited 1854d 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.

Yi-Long1854d ago

... 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.

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Prodigy-X1855d ago

Don't understand the disagrees but whatever.

rezzah1855d ago

basically people don't think it is awesome.

At least it makes sense in your case.

GABRIEL10301855d ago (Edited 1855d 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.

mamotte1854d ago

Because is absurd to think that such a small light covered in plastic will illuminate something 10 cms away from it.

Reverent1854d ago

@mamotte, I'm guessing you've never played with the PlayStation Move then... It can be VERY bright.

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MariaHelFutura1855d ago

(Barry White voice)

Oh yeah baby.

chaos-lockheart1855d 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.

ijust2good1855d ago (Edited 1855d 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.

godofboobees1855d ago

Console gamers prefer variety, we're not 12 year old cod players clown.

sourav931854d ago

Seems like someone hates dildos with a passion. Did something happen in your childhood that you wanna talk about?

RIP_Weazel1854d ago (Edited 1854d 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?..........

Fatal-Aim1854d 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.

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CapsLocke1855d 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.

sourav931854d 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.

snipermk01854d ago

how is simcity working for ya?

ceballos77mx1854d ago

Go sign a petition or something.

KillrateOmega1854d ago

So you came here just to fanboy it up for the PC. Lol, how slow has your day been so far? XD

KwietStorm1854d ago

Pathetic, I agree completely. You came here with your one bubble just to say that. Pathetic.

DigitalRaptor1854d 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.

GribbleGrunger1854d 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).

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Irishguy951854d 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/

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MultiConsoleGamer1855d ago

I love this controller. So much hidden potential.

Conzul1855d ago

[goes out to buy curtains]

jcnba281854d ago

Hidden potential??? LOL you sony fanboys are hilarious!!

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Jek_Porkins1855d 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.

kwyjibo1855d ago

There's Philips' Ambilight which is similiar.

Jek_Porkins1855d 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

subtenko1855d 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

SilentNegotiator1855d ago (Edited 1855d 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?

Gimmemorebubblez1855d ago

And Sony and Phillips share patents in a company were they both own 49.5%. They are suing Apple now.

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N0S3LFESTEEM1854d ago (Edited 1854d 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.

NastyLeftHook01854d ago

bubbles just for having onimusha warlords