One of the minor details about the DualShock 4 that wasn’t covered in our giant PS4 guide is whether or not the PlayStation 4 controller’s Light Bar could be turned off in order to conserve battery life. - PSLS
As long as it isn't too bright and doesn't drain the battery, it shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience.
It has to be always on, because it needs to read your thoughts.
And it rumbles whenever you think of Xbox.
So if you think about a PS4 then what happens, and what about a WiiU
@iGAM3R-VIII It puts on a laser light show in your brain if you think of PS4.
If you have a ps4 controller in your hand, I'm sure your already thinking about it to begin with;-)
Why can't we have a choice, why are they forcing us to have it on? I think we should voice our concerns so that they change this. No reason to have this on all the time. This isn't some small light like on the PS3 controller.
@IGamer: You have it your hands.
"It has to be always on, because it needs to read your thoughts." and the little speaker in the controller sends out ultrasonic waves to keep you in line, docile and conducive to playstation store purchases.
LOL idk why I have dissagress ahahah anyway @TrendyGamers A light show?! hell yea!
Why DOES iGAM3R have so many disagrees? Honestly? What did he say that was so wrong and rustled so many jimmies, from a simple contrasting-inquiry? Sometimes N4G users can be worse than self-entitled youtube users...
Igamer has disagrees because hes a known troll. Its kinda how logicwins always has alot. Nobody likes em.
like kinect, but different,,... good on.]
I hope the light bar isn't a light show every time I game!
@NeoTribe I am a troll? Last time I checked I wasn't. And tell me how that comment was a troll, infact take a look at my recent commetns and you will see none of them are trolling. Sometimes you N4G users have no brain to use
"Why can't we have a choice, why are they forcing us to have it on? I think we should voice our concerns so that they change this. No reason to have this on all the time. This isn't some small light like on the PS3 controller." Actually I'm pretty sure that the lightbar is made of some translucent material and actually only has a few LEDs behind it, much like the orb on Move. It won't have a huge impact on the controllers battery life.
What!!!!! But we want OPTIONS! BURN SONY TO CINDER!!! RAGEEEEE
That Sucks! I have a Glossy screen.
Ok, not cool. I like to game in dark room and the reflection on the screen is gonna be a bitch! Ah well, guess I'll just put on some duct tape or something :D Yes, I don't care if it looks ugly, I don't like light reflecting on the TV screen.
I guess you could say now that the PS4 is always on! lol
im sure it will be as good as the dualshock3 or better which they do go on for quite a bit in a day or so
Yeah, I'm always surprised by how long the DS3 battery lasts.
i was more surprised by how quick it charge
@DMarc Agreed. I usually charge whilst gaming and in an hour or two, I have full charge :D.
Funny...PS users complain about a light on the controller having to always be on. Xbox owners complain about the internet having to always be on. Goes to show which company spoils their fans. 4 is greater than One.
@zombie troll.. While you're at it bring up RROD as well.
it's likely an LED light, which doesn't take up a lot of energy.
Actually, its four LEDs.
I'm pretty sure it's LEDs. If it is constructed like the Move controller there are 3-4 LEDs (at least 3 - Red, Green, & Blue) and a diffuser to spread the light and blend the colors. The DualShock3 and Sixaxis both utilize 4 LEDs for the player indicators and no more than 2 are on past initial connection (it takes 2 lights to indicate controller 5, 6, and 7 usually reserved for the Move Controllers and the Bluetooth Remote; all 4 blink during connection). The real killer to battery on the DualShock3 was the vibration motors, but considering with my own DualShock3s I get an average of a week of use out of them I'd imagine the DualShock4 will be roughly the same. My only comment about the new controller is that they sure did cram a hell of a lot of electronics in a tiny little space. Anyone who has taken apart their DS3's would know there is a lot in those controllers. (Warning technical stuff) The elimination of the analog buttons for digital and subsequently the "floating" circuit board (how "analog" buttons were possible) did buy them some space in the DS4 controller as well as making the controller just slightly bigger in all directions.
Why do so many people care, it's damn light. It won't drain the battery. The ps move has a huge ass glowing orb on it and it's battery life was fine.
Hey sakofshit, if you want I can bring up the RROD. Its not exactly rocket scie-- oh wait it is apparently. I was making an always on joke. Cry more.
two words. Duct tape..
Duct tape generation: Kinect cam and light bar.
^^^^^^ "Duct tape generation" LoooL
Ya duct tape or tint materials I had a stereo faceplate in a car was so bright had to tint it lol
it gives you energy its like a blast shard of sorts
@people calling iGAM3R-VIII a troll, I don't know about his other comments but he's not trolling here. However MikeMyers is attempting to stealth troll-poorly but still if you want to have ago at anyone... well there he is.
This is the kinda stuff people have to complain about the DS4 seems insignificant to me.
Not nice for gaming in the dark though , might be irritating.
You can't turn it off? How pathetic is that? Sony change this now.
"Ports in the Front for Easy Access" Well it worked for miniskirts.
Depends on the girl. Ba-zing
I just hope people have the choice of turning it's features off. For example, when you have low health the light bar starts flashing. Some people don't like that feature.
I think the light bar is fine as is, I only worry about it being too bright for playing horror games in the dark.
Get duct tape . Bam!! Problem fixed .
The developers of the horror games would take this into consideration and perhaps use the light for greater effect. A red light fading on and off slowly can add just the right mood for a scary scene.
from what i know the light bar can change colors to affect the the mood like give a dim red glow on horror games or turn red when you die.
Hm, I wonder if glare will be an issue for some. I expect them to patch in the ability to turn off the light eventually. It loses half its appeal without a camera, which most wont buy, and any aesthetic features wouldn't be a necessity.
Waste of battery confirmed.
do u know how little energy a led light uses? I have a led light in my closet running of a battery for like the past 5 years.. and I took that battery out of my remote
He said it's a waste, and it absolutely is. And YOU are correct when you say it is pretty insignificant. You are both correct.
OH GAWD some one said something slightly negative about Sony . lol if you think a glowing light on anything for a cool look isn't a waste of energy you are delusional.
He said waste of battery not just waste. I could care less if people think its a waste,it is not a noticeable waste on the battery.
Waste implies it has no use- but if developers utilise it. like it can be used to show low health etc then it isn't really a waste. Might be something you personally don't care for but that's your opinion doesn't mean it's a waste. And the energy it will use will likely be negligible anyway-hell it could be used to tell you about low battery.
What of the led indicators in the Dual Shock 3!? Same difference... right?
Its not a waste if it adds a feature that you yourself dont even know if you like it or not (yet).
What worries me is that it might reflect on the TV when playing in the dark, currently having this problem with my PC moniter
yeah same thought here but for me its a table with glass doors so its gonna reflect the shit out of it
alot of off screen demos you can see the blue light on the tv :(
This is what im worried about also. Anyone who tried playing a game with the sun reflecting off the tv will know what it will be like. That blue light is really bright on the controller judging from the press conferences. Not sunlight bright but pretty bright. :)
I should hope it isn't sunlight bright, unless it's powered by nuclear fusion.
you cant turn it off seriously how lame is that. They better add an option to turn it off before more people start complaining about it there´s no way that light bar cant be annoying in front of a screen while playing on the dark.
lol shhhhhhhhhhh don't say anything negative about Sony people wont like that here .
lol i could care less about them
I suggest you protest by not buying a PS4 until this travesty is remedied.