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Submitted by DarkLordMalik 331d ago | news

Shuhei Yoshida Comments On Dimming The DualShock 4 LED

GearNuke: "When the DualShock 4 was originally unveiled, complaints were thrown around on how its Light bar can reflect in the TV screen and how it glows in the dark. The Light bar was also blamed to result in a rather short DualShock 4 battery life. This annoyed some of the people and a set of complaints started. Sony outright slammed the possibility of disabling Light bar but seems like dimming it might be a better alternative solution." (PS4, Shuhei Yoshida)

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TimeSkipLuffy  +   331d ago
Turn off if not used is the best solution unless you give us a really trustworthy and logical reason why it has to be turned on all the time.
I wouldn't care because I do not have that problem but a friend of mine is really pissed and things start to sum up. Her PS4 is very very loud, game crashes, etc... and now she is gone to X1 camp and will stay there because she thinks its the better system overall despite of the non user friendly UI. One friend less to play with...
MRMagoo123  +   331d ago
Maybe your "friend" should have returned the ps4 for a working one, because i now know in my local area 42 ppl with a ps4 and none of those have been loud or crashing in games a lot , it could probably be all because of a faulty console, like the fans are loud because the systems not cooling enough and that would also probably make games crash.
WalterWJR  +   331d ago | Funny
Probably crashing on battlefield lol
admiralvic  +   331d ago
"know in my local area 42 ppl with a ps4 and none of those have been loud or crashing in games a lot , it could probably be all because of a faulty console,"

Do they actually USE the console? I only ask, because simpler games like Don't Starve and Resogun don't make a sound, but if I load Killzone, then the fans go off and it is quite loud.
Sethry101  +   330d ago
Says a lot about the quality of your consol when the highest problem it has is an annoying little light bar.

personally the light bar has never really effected me because I sit pretty far from the TV, but I do hate how it glows when charging while I'm trying to sleep.
Tru_Blu  +   330d ago
Walter exactly. I was about to ask if this game happened to be BF4.
zeee  +   330d ago
Well, to be honest, I would LOVE to turn off that light bar. It'd be nice to have that option. I want to save the battery as much as possible even though, it's only LED. I have turned off that little speaker on the DS4 and have also turned off Vibration (never really cared about Rumble that much) yet the battery still sucks compared to the rock solid, long lasting DS3 battery.

Lastly, the one that that I am VERY annoyed is the bluetooth headset support.

Seriously, this is messed up. I really REALLY want to use my PS3 wireless headset (not the Pulse but the first one). I want my virtual 7.1 surround sound man. It makes one hell of a difference when you are playing games like Battlefield. Plus, the comfort level is sky high compared to my Galaxy S4 stereo headphones.
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Bennibop  +   330d ago
@NighmareLuffy I get the feeling you are trolling, your friend could have got a replacement but instead she moved to X1 which has a wider range of reported potential technical problems
TimeSkipLuffy  +   330d ago
I agree. I told her to send the console back because Amazon is offering a great service but she is the type that gets frustrated very fast. And because she always buy all consoles she got the choice which one her primary console will be.
nukeitall  +   330d ago
@Sethry101:

"Says a lot about the quality of your consol when the highest problem it has is an annoying little light bar. "

I think it is more a case of it being so annoying it overshadows everything else.

I really don't understand the point of this lightbar thing. Just turn it off, or is it not possible?

Maybe Sony didn't plan on it every being turned off, because they originallyl envisioned the PS Eye included with every PS4.
RumbleFish  +   330d ago
I'd like to turn it off. For now I have it covered with duct tape.
ITPython  +   330d ago
My PS4 is whisper quite even after several hours playing KZ:SF and a room with a temp of around 70 degrees.

Perhaps those that complain about a loud PS4 fan are either exaggerating, got an unlucky console, have their PS4 sealed up in an entertainment system with no airflow and/or they live in very hot areas.
Soc5  +   330d ago
42 people huh? :)
ShadowReaper14  +   330d ago
the only problem i have with my ps4 is when i flip to a different hdmi setting to watch cable or use my ps3 while something is downloading on my ps4 or something and then try to go back to the hdmi setting that is connected to the ps4. i get a black screen with no sound i have to turn off the ps4 and turn it back on and then it will be fine but i can't turn on the ps4 while watching cable then turn to that hdmi setting. Only a minor annoyance. I mean it could also be my tv because the ps4 is such powerful machine or something i have no idea why it does that. i was just wondering if someone else has this problem? or knows how i can fix it! :)
xHeavYx  +   331d ago | Funny
Cool story bro, hopefully her imaginary PS4 has a guaranty
Plasticgearsolid  +   331d ago | Funny
You mean his imaginary friend's imaginary PS4
HardcoreGamer  +   330d ago
i dont know, if i bought a ps4 and it made all these problems, i would of move to xbox 1 aswell

,,,
after thinking about it while typing this.. NO I WOULDNT. its not enough to change to a difference console.
Prime157  +   330d ago
At the gamestop I worked at, I had a lady return 2 xboxes in ONE day. I was like, when do you give up? I mean they were readily available without shipping, I guess.

I've only seen one ps4 come back.
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KonsoruMasuta  +   331d ago
Your friend must have had a super defective PS+ if she was having constant game crashes and it was loud enough to make her complain about it. Your friend should have used this thing we call a "warranty".
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princejb134  +   331d ago
We'll I hope your friend enjoys your xbox. She won't be missed
VforVideogames  +   331d ago
Yeha she turn to the dark side.
Joey_Leone  +   331d ago
She's trippin, me and everyone else i know have no issues with the ps4, the only time i experience crashes is when i played BF4, and she said the PS4 is too loud? She must have had that system next to her head.
dillhole  +   331d ago
Well that sounds completely made up. Nice try though.
PersonMan  +   331d ago
My PS4 is perfect. Haven't had a single game crash and it has been as quiet as my PS3 Slim.
minimur12  +   330d ago
I'm not sure if it's just my os4 but by the sounds of it, it just is, but sometimes when there's quite a demanding game on screen you can here the fans, thoughts people?

At first when I heard it I got a bit worried but after a while I've got used to it. At least I've got a warranty if anything f*!ks up
GW212  +   330d ago
I'm with you.

I actually have had a game crash (BF4 obviously) but that hasn't happened since the first week I got my PS4. 100% smooth sailing for the last few months.

I am still pleasantly surprised at how quiet the console is. I never hear the fan no matter what game I'm playing.
T2  +   331d ago
@nightmare - ah yes the fully returnable ps4 under warranty is a huge issue but when people's 36o crashed 2-5 times they were loyal xbox camp huh? By that logic 50 percent of 360 owners would have switched within 2 years
TimeSkipLuffy  +   330d ago
she switched from X360 to PS3 because her X360 died several times. She always buy all consoles. She is truly a console freak XD
but now it turned around. Nothing I can do. She is like that.
TimeSkipLuffy  +   330d ago
@Bennibop My friend is like that. She always buy all consoles and was too frustrated because the Killzone bundle send by amazon was delayed and then she got a faulty machine over christmas. She always enjoys the console she feel most comfortable with.
For me it is the PS4 despite missing features. I was always a playstation child (not Sony even if its a sony brand) but I respect other opinions, too. She was just unlucky and now she plays X1. There are people like that who get frustrated very quickly. Nothing to do about that.

@all
she had the killzone bundle with CoD and BF4.
All crashed at some point.

I assume it was because of a faulty machine (known fan problem). I don't know if she is going to return it for another one. She does not care about PS4 anymore. In our company three ppl including me preordered a PS4. Two got problems with the fan / cooling system. I'm the only one who got lucky XD

It's sad to read that ppl always assume bashing of a console and madeup storys. If you like you can visit us here in Germany and convince yourself of the problem. She got no problem with that at all.
I just tell how it is. Sadly truth can hurt sometimes.
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AshleeEmerson  +   330d ago
Lol, I usually don't respond but when it comes to expert trolling... you're doing it right! Congrats, now beat it. Says me, the internet bully.
Lukejrl  +   330d ago
Guys guys guys guys, why do you feel so threatened by what luffy is saying. I can not believe the time wasted on this comment whether what he is saying is true or not. He is being very polite and even somewhat believable. If you think he is lying then ignore him and move on.
Utalkin2me  +   330d ago
@Lukejrl

Cause this is a article about the led on the controller. He felt the reason to tell us his story that has no bearing on the article. His own fault for getting flogged.
speedforce131  +   330d ago
your friend is an idiot
il-JumperMT  +   330d ago
BETAfield 4 crashes do not count.
Angeljuice  +   330d ago
My PS4 is completely silent and hasn't crashed once since I bought it (admittedly I don't own battlefield though).

Depending on how its circuit is designed, it could well be impossible to turn off the LED. It doesn't cause a problem for me personally however.
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ITPython  +   330d ago
Also it's possible dimming it won't do much to extend the battery life if it is dimmed via PWM.

And the light itself doesn't bother me either, but I would like to know how much current it's drawing. If it's less than 50mA then turning it off completely would only give a few extra minuets of battery power. However if its sucking 100-150mA of juice, then it is a significant draw on the battery.
saber00005  +   330d ago
@NightmareLuffy, Do you realize how much power the LED light actually uses? Not to mention how small the module actually is? There's a reason why LED lights are now so much popular.. They BARELY take up ANY power, but broadcast a bright light. I do soldering all the time, and I took a look at the PS4s... Turning it off won't make a difference...
Neonridr  +   330d ago
but why can't we have the simple option to turn it off if we want? I can turn the LED notifications on my phone on or off, I can even change the colors to signify different events. I don't have the PS4 camera, I don't have two controllers, so why in the hell do I need to have a light on the top of my controller on?

When I play Killzone it changes color to indicate my health, thanks. I can see how close I am to dying by looking at the TV, not my controller..

The light requires power, whether it's a little or a lot shouldn't matter. It IS affecting the battery, regardless if it isn't as much as some people like to believe. Having the option to turn it off would do nothing but improve the battery life, even if it was only mere minutes..

Of course putting in a larger battery is a better solution.. but that's a different story.
Utalkin2me  +   330d ago
@Neonridr

If things are so bad that you need a couple of extra minutes from a controller, you have issues.
saber00005  +   329d ago
Maybe they have the light on, so they it shows you that the controller is on... I feel your battery argument is invalid because it uses BARELY any power... If anything, it shortens the battery life by 20 seconds... It's not worth the time or money to hire programmers, for hours, to create an option on the PS4 to turn it off the light. Because then, they have to spend a butt load of money to press it as an update.
BABY-JEDI  +   330d ago
Wow. What a dim view she has of the PS4. She will get diminishing returns from an Xbox1. I bet you think she's a dim whit now. Really sorry for the bad puns
LoL
rayzorn  +   330d ago
i have played 4 disk based games so far. madden, battlefield, ac4 and killzone. killzone is the only one that is really loud for me not sure why. my ps4 is in an open entertainment center. well ventilated and its level not wobbling.

kz sounds like the disk is shaking inside the drive though. but i put movies and other games in and it dont do that. and the killzone disk looks fine. no distortions, warps or scratches.
Elimin8  +   330d ago
Dim is a good option.. NOT completely turned off. I would assume you need it for in-game health, battery indicator, Player location and assignment? It's not all that bad really. I say dim instead of completely off. If they turn it off some of the options I mentioned might no lover be supported by devs…. E.g health, notification etc…

My thoughts….
M-M  +   331d ago
Am I the only one that doesn't have a problem with the light bar?
Utalkin2me  +   331d ago
Its not so much the light bar bothering you while you play. Its draining the battery when honestly it should be able to be turned off.
LOL_WUT  +   331d ago
I don't know but u could've sworn the battery lasted me 4 hours without the cable I too think they should address this issue ;)
BitbyDeath  +   331d ago
Is the battery time really an issue though?
Who has the time/patience to play for 8-10 hours straight?
kreate  +   331d ago
agreed. I don't think its the light bar that bothers ppl. even the 360 controller has a green light coming straight at ur eyes, and the x1 has white light coming straight at ur eyes while holding it.

its the battery I think should be the main concern here.
Angeljuice  +   330d ago
@BitbyDeath

When I have plenty of weed and free time, I've been known to put in up to 18hrs a day for a couple of weeks. Red Dead Redemption, Fallout, Gran Turismo and Skyrim (amongst others) have all received this degree of attention in the past.
TekoIie  +   330d ago
There's one thing that no one can deny; which is having the choice is always better.
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thehitman  +   331d ago
I dont have a problem either. I think the complaint is dumb. You cant see the lightbar when your playing a game off the screen its not that bright. In the dark its actually quite useful as it helps me see my controllers lol... I do admit it is kinda useless in terms of gameplay is concerned with the light flashing etc or changing colors but it also doesn't impede my experience in anyway whatsoever. Its LED so it doesnt drain the battery if anything the audio and rumble does.

I am sure they will add a feature to change colors to whatever you want later and a turn off, but its definitely at the bottom of the list in functions/features they should be focusing on.
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JetsFool3500  +   331d ago
Thats where people get confused my tv stand is small so the bottom of the tv is right at my knees usually where I hold the controller & it is bright enough to shine off my plasma
princejb134  +   331d ago
I don't have a problem with it either
People will just always have something to complain about
If you give them the option to turn it off someone will cry about not been able to change the color when they want
Give them that and they'll cry over something else
Neonridr  +   330d ago
stop crying about people wanting to cry.. :P
MRMagoo123  +   331d ago
I have no problems with the light bar but then again, i dont play in the dark ever, i also dont have any problem with the controllers battery life, i charge it around the same amount as i charged my ps3 controller which was about once every 3 days or so.
GribbleGrunger  +   331d ago
I forget it's there until an article reminds me it is. I suppose it's the same as when some people complain they can hear a dog barking all night while other just don't hear it because they're not listening for it.
One_Eyed_Wizard  +   331d ago
No problem here either.
GrandpaSnake  +   331d ago
for me it also helps finding it and it also looks cool when someone is holding it
minimur12  +   330d ago
I actually live it, when I'm playing Killzone I'd put something bright infront of the controller so I can see the colours better of what my health is in the corner of my eye and I don't rally need to take my eyes of a game
Neonridr  +   330d ago
@minimur12 - so you rely on the color on your controller to tell you about your health? Not the fact that the red colors start creeping into the corners of the screen and start filling it up as you get closer to death?
bobtheimpaler  +   331d ago
I don't have a problem with it. I doubt its the light. LEDs really don't use much power, and the battery in the DS4 is more than double that of the DS3s. More likely the speaker, chat or maybe even touchpad are reason for battery life.

That said. Controllers do charge up faster to make up for it.

What I'd like sony to do is allow for DS4 sounds to be output to main speakers in firmware, so that I can game in complete silence with my headset late at night.
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Blackcanary  +   330d ago
Why don't you just make it so the sound all comes through ur head set that you plug in to the controller when you play at night that works really well.
sevilha82  +   331d ago
No sir you are not...

Dont understand what the fuss is about(apart from the batery drain)it dosen´t bother me one bit.just place your hands in a donwward position.

People complain to much and don´t even try to find solutions for their "problems"
Blackcanary  +   330d ago
I love the light bar.
jacksons98  +   330d ago
I don't have a problem with it. Actually in my opinion the DS4 is the best controller ever.
Actually I personally love the light.
Rageanitus  +   331d ago
I am currently using my PS4 for netflix now.... and one thing that is bothering me is there is no BD remote for the dam thing!

I have to wait till my DS shuts off by itself without pulling up the submenu.
Neo Nugget  +   331d ago
Yeah, same. I tried to turn off the controller manually but that didn't work. I don't really have a problem with it when I'm playing games though.
cee773  +   331d ago
Here's a trick!

Hold the PS button.
Hit circle to exit back out the menu.
Hit X to continue whatever you were watching.

*Please note you have to continue to hold down the PS button during the entire process and within 10 to 15 secs your ds4 should power down.
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fenome  +   331d ago
Thanks cee773! Just tried this and it works, love finding new little things I didn't know about. +bubs :)
Rageanitus  +   330d ago
it should be really implemented like the PS3 style. Logging into a profile per controller is ridiculous kindov reminds me of the xbox method.
minimur12  +   330d ago
Dude, you can use your TV remote on it!

The TV remote you use to turn on/off the TV you can use to navigate the UI and also for blue ray playback, it should work on Netflix but I haven't tried yet
hollabox  +   331d ago
Turn the damn thing off if no camera is installed, maybe I can gain 25 percent more battery life. DS4 from my play experience is not a good controller besides the firm grip. I'll take the DS3 any day of the week, at least I can get a full day out of it.
Hicken  +   331d ago
The light bar still indicates that the controller is actually ON, and is also the indicator of which player you are, neither of which rely on the camera for use. So that suggestion is a poor one.

Still, it would be nice if they could come up with some energy-saving methods to extend the charge of the DS4.

Edit: You're not making sense. How is it an insult? It's a built-in feature designed so that players know who's got which position when there's more than one controller. And what does age or Nintendo have to do with it at all?

And STILL, there's the fact that the lightbar is the ONLY indicator of when the controller is on.
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hollabox  +   331d ago
Damn that was quick, I don't need the light on to indicate what player I am, hell I only play my PS4 SP, not enough friends of mines own one yet. Using a light to indicate what player I am is damn insult, that's Nintendo logic thinking most 30 something gamers don't know the difference between the Wii and Wii U when in fact the average gamer is in his late 30s.
Angeljuice  +   330d ago
@hollabox

You would not receive anything like 25% more battery life, it's more like <1%.
hollabox  +   330d ago
Whatever I might be I'll take it. If I start playing Madden at noon on a Saturday, 9 times out of ten the controllers dies right before 8:00. My XB1 controller I've only changed out the rechargeable batteries ounce per controller since 12/26/2013. Holding off on buying a 2nd DS4 controller, I have a feeling Sony will release a new higher capacity DS4 battery later on this year.
fenome  +   330d ago
Nyko is also about to release a power pack extended battery for the dualshock 4, so there's always that too

http://www.engadget.com/201...

Maybe try turning off the speaker in the controller as well if you're trying to squeeze as much as you can out of it. The speaker uses more juice than the LED anyways.
fenome  +   328d ago
I'm just gonna reply to this one so it shows up I replied to you. lol

Yeah I get what you're saying about the Nyko thing might be bulky since it's external. Not to mention $20 is $20 on top of what you paid for the controller in the first place. After thinkin' about it, it might just be a smarter move to wait till they release the next controller with a longer battery life. We both know that's coming 'cause not even a full days charge is bullshit.

I got my ps4 and 2 controllers from my old lady for christmas though, so I just keep one charging while I'm playin' with the other one and switch 'em out when I need too.
Npugz7  +   331d ago
It drains the battery! We should be allowed to turn off the light! It's pointless if you don't have the camera.
ziggurcat  +   331d ago
It's an LED light. That uses *very* little power. It's not "draining" the battery.
bobtheimpaler  +   331d ago
LEDS use very little power, and the DS4 has more than double the mah of DS3. I seriously doubt its the light. More likely chat and DS4 speaker are the culprit for low life.
fenome  +   330d ago
Go to adjust devices and turn off the speaker in the controller, it uses more of the battery than the light ever will
hollabox  +   328d ago
My speaker has been off since the first weekend after finding out I couldn't get close to half a day out of my controller. The Nyko power pack for $20 is not a bad idea unless its makes the controller uncomfortable to hold or unbalanced.
SpiralTear  +   331d ago
That's an interesting response from Yoshida, quite frankly.
Harkins1721  +   331d ago
If it bothers anyone that much theres an addon to the DS4 that Nyko made. Its a battery addon. I believe its $20.

EDIT: I forgot to mention when it comes available. In the coming months lol.
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Harkins1721  +   331d ago
2 disagrees huh? So I guess people would rather complain then play games.
minimur12  +   330d ago
That's great.

I hate the battery life!

Look at this, it extends yo....

NO I WANNA MOAN.
dwlwoolers  +   331d ago
that guy who said has a friend whos ps4 was load esc... hes probably making the whole thing up. who doesnt have a warranty? PS4 is the better system period. better for gamers, more powerful, less expensive, better native resolution, ps+ is great, Virtual Reality incoming, ps vita sidekick (Kills WiiU gamePad at its own game), Playsation Now incoming, hardrive can be upgraded, company isnt so greedy. and heres an opinion, the controller is better. Dang easy choice to make if you ask me
Ninjatogo  +   331d ago
Does anyone actually know how much energy the lights use? What if turning the light off only gives a couple minutes more? Can someone test this on PC. The latest fan-made drivers allow users to turn them off completely. I would do it if I had a Bluetooth dongle for my computer.
mochachino  +   331d ago
Just allow us to turn it off. There's no reason not to. Also, increase rumble.
Harkins1721  +   331d ago
You might not beable to do that through a software update
minimur12  +   330d ago
Lmao you could always 'overclock' then and make them go effin crazy, but no one knows how to do that and I'll probably drain the battery even more lol
MAULxx  +   331d ago
I think most people want the light bar turned off because they believe that's what's causing the battery drain. Maybe the DS4 battery just isn't as good as the DS3's. Like I said before, I'm more concerned about the analog sticks. Mine are already becoming smooth. I would like a charge to last longer too, who wouldn't but I don't see them changing the battery for the controllers and the sticks wearing down so quickly concerns me alot more.
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imt558  +   331d ago
Battery is DS4 is 1000 mAh versus DS3 600 mAh.

But the problem is that LED. These 6 LED's suck battery power. There was a test from GAF user. He pull of the LED's and battery durability extend for a 25 hours.
MAULxx  +   331d ago
DS4 3.65V, 1000mAH battery
DS3 3.7V, 1800mAH battery

I got this info from scooby609 reddit post. He replaced the DS4 battery with a DS3 battery he bought on amazon. Battery life went up to 14hrs per charge compared to 8hrs per charge .
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imt558  +   330d ago
By default battery in DS3 is 570 mAh :

http://i50.photobucket.com/...

But that 1800 mAH is great solution. Thanks!
Blackcanary  +   330d ago
is it safe to just change the battery ur self then?
imt558  +   331d ago
Dimming LED light is also great solution. Just someone read my mind. I had intention ask Shu about dimming the light.
DesertFox79  +   331d ago
who cares about dimming the DS4 ? But where is the Patch for bluetooth wireless headset ?
Harkins1721  +   331d ago
Have patience.
TimeSkipLuffy  +   330d ago
how long? :D next year?
Harkins1721  +   326d ago
@Nightmare Hopefully less than 6 months
CuddlyREDRUM  +   330d ago
Or having a controller that last longer than seven hours on a charge.
feraldrgn  +   330d ago
I find it weird how they could consider dimming it, but won't consider the option to turn it off.

It's better than nothing though.
bornsinner  +   330d ago
ds4 controller has some terrible flaws, but at least it's an improvement from dr3, still not as good as xbones/360s controller, that bright light must be annoying, i like many hate glare on my tv screen
TristanPR77  +   330d ago
"DS4 not as good as the xbone"

Jajajajaja

I know is your personal opinion but the general opinion, all the polls and reviews has stated the DS4 is superior than the xbone and 360 controller.

But you can live in your own make up reality where you will feel safer.
GW212  +   330d ago
Nope to all of that.

The DS4, in my opinion, is better than the Xbox controller. This is coming from an Xbox360 user who made the jump to PS4 this generation because of the obvious reasons (better graphics/power, better exclusives, better controller, etc.).

Further, the light isn't that annoying to me. Most people don't have issue with it. Those that do have every right to that opinion though.
heisenberguk  +   330d ago
The option to turn it off would've been nice, I've no intention of buying the camera so it's of no use to me and it just drains my battery quicker
TristanPR77  +   330d ago
Honestly, I haven't experience any problem or discomfort with the light bar. I don't find it to be intrusive at all, I even forgot is there.
FAT MAN GO BOOM  +   330d ago
I think the majority of the people complaining are not even PS4 owners... this is a fanboy thing that is happening... I think...

I mean... i don;t about anyone else... but I hardly even notice the light bar. Only time I see it is when I turn on my ps4. that is it.. the rest of the time I am playing my game...
static360  +   330d ago
exactly what is the point of that light anyway or why it is so bright?
heisenberguk  +   330d ago
It's for the camera to track your movements
Jack_Reacher  +   330d ago
Wow so 8 hrs is not enough. Some people need to get a life if they can get away with 8hrs straight gaming. Im surprised anyone can play that long with the reflection from the light bar been so bad!!

Wow did I just do irony and sarcasm in the one paragraph?

God my english is poor and I live here.
Deeke  +   330d ago
I think the lightbar is a part of Sony's overall brand with the PS4. Sure it seems trivial to us, but it's part of the PlayStation 4's overall style.

I personally think performance trumps style (in some respects), however I do like showing off the lightbar to friends. Imo unless you're playing with multiple players, ie more than 1 person is hooked up to the console, the light bar doesn't really need to be on.

I've seen change colors based on in-game stimuli, though; when dying in Killzone: Shadow Fall, for instance, the bar turns red--also when its low on power it does this.

Maybe this is another reason (coupled with the overall brand/style) that Sony doesn't want to disable the lightbar, despite it sucking away a moderate amount of power from the DualShock 4.
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heisenberguk  +   330d ago
The lightbar is for the camera to track your movements
GW212  +   330d ago
It's also a power indicator, an in-game health indicator, an "ID" when playing multiplayer with multiple DS4s.
pyramidshead  +   330d ago
I reckon they will have this sorted out by the end of the year or in 2015. Weird thing to over look to be honest, surely there's some firmware or signal they could send from the ps4 to shut it down or something. It seems people who really hate it are of niche complaint so I doubt it's on the top of Sony's list of stuff to implement.
Fixay  +   330d ago
My ps4 sounds like a plane after playing battlefield 4 for about 30mins lmao Same with killzone.

It is to be expected though... look at the size of the Ps4
cgoodno  +   330d ago
You need to get it fixed. I've had my PS4 on for over 12 hours and it never gets loud.
Fixay  +   329d ago
hmmm possibly. Should i return it to store or contact sony?
sprinterboy  +   330d ago
Dont have a problem with the light bar myself, get 8 hrs from full charge and it takes about 1 hr to fully charge which gives me a chance to rest the eyes for a hr
D-riders  +   330d ago
why are people complaining about the light bar. i think it adds to the experience.
Sci0n  +   330d ago
The fans are absolutely fine, sure when you first boot up a game they may kick into high gear but after a little bit of time they all die down and the console is quiet.
kingPoS  +   330d ago
If the light bar is a bother, cover it up! It's as simple as that.

Gateway MT6706 2008
Jdoki  +   330d ago
Dimming it would be fine, but other than that Sony should stick to their guns. I've said before that I suspect Sony did their research and knew that most people game for less than 4 hours at a time, so went for the most cost effective battery.

Also, LED's use a tiny amount of power, the impact on the battery will be negligible compared to the upgraded rumble motors and probably even the bluetooth v2.1 standard they used. And didn't Sony say they had improved the gyro gear - which could require more juice.

Sure they could have added a bigger battery and used Bluetooth v4 - but that would have added to the cost, or cut in Sony's margins.

They can easily release a new version of the DS4 in future with a bigger battery if it becomes cost effective - but I doubt they will bother.
Platinum_k  +   330d ago
Good to know Sony PS4 keeps improving.
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