Here's A Comparison Between The DualShock 4's Lightbar: Brightest To Lowest Settings

GearNuke: "We decided to compare the lowest lightbar settings to the highest and see how dim the light can get."


Yosp clarified that Lightbar intensity has no effect on the battery. It will remain the same as it was never the cause of shorter battery life.

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Azuske737d ago

LOL that difference isn't enough to actually help the battery.

BitbyDeath737d ago

It's an LED, it won't help the battery even if turned off. The dim option was for those complaining about the light reflecting off the TV.

Azuske737d ago

Oh, mine doesn't reflect off the TV so I didn't even know this was an issue.

ZodTheRipper737d ago

Me neither but at least a handful of people have nothing to complain anymore. I won't change the light, never had any problems with it.

BitbyDeath737d ago

Same, probably just those that sit really close.

gatormatt80737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

My newer LED TV has the shiny and reflective surface. I really only notice the lightbar reflection during dark scenes or when I game in the dark. My older Samsung LCD TV from 2007 has the nonreflective surface. I don't game on it though cause it's only 720p. The lightbar reflection wasn't a big enough issue for me to complain about but as a new feature and option I will gladly take it.

Kidmyst737d ago

I can see my lightbar reflect on my TV but only if I am actually looking at it. Once playing there is so much else to look at I don't notice it, some I think are just nit picky.

Christopher737d ago

Yeah. I game on a monitor 3' away and oftentimes late at night when it's dark. The light is distracting. This will at least reduce the intensity.

zeee737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

This is one problem that almost every PS gamer (who doesn't own 2 controller) faces. The battery life on DS4 is indeed terrible compared to DS3. In the future version of DS4, they should change the battery quality/size. Whatever it gets to give us at least 15-20 hours of uninterrupted gameplay.

I have turned off that little microphone and also turned off the vibration yet, I still have to recharge the damn controller every now and then. It's downright annoying!

XisThatKid737d ago

I'm SOOOOO glad I'm not affected by this both our TV's are wall mounts and I use a projector for my PS4 anyway.

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DeathOfTheFanBoy737d ago

The difference is very subtle.

EverydayGuy737d ago

Shu told us about there is no difference already. Hopefully this will help with the glare issue some are experiencing.

Cra2yey3737d ago

At first, you can barely tell the difference. After giving it a good look, the slight difference is there. Don't know how much battery life it will actually save tho...

ziggurcat737d ago

considering that it had zero effect to begin with, it won't save any battery life.

Volkama737d ago

Looking directly at the LED isn't really a great comparison. Looking at the reflected image off a glossy TV screen in a dark room, that's where the change will hopefully be more evident.

GeofferyPeterson737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

What I don't understand is why they gave us the option to just dim the light, and not the option to completely turn it off.

admiralvic737d ago

Well, it could be because the bar indicates which controller it's (similar to how the DS3 has a small indicator) and which controller is on, so they wanted to keep people happy without causing confusion and so we ended up with this.

Beyond something like this, I haven't a clue.

nevin1737d ago

Who would get confused by which player they are.

A quick press of the button also reveals what player they are on PS3.

Baka-akaB737d ago

Still that's a lot of tiny uses being disabled by an off setting . Sure maybe they shouldnt have to begin with used only the light for those ... But it's still used in games , the way you differenciate pads without going into menus , the batterie's state display etc

Volkama737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

They did say previously that they can't turn it off, they literally do not have "off" as a valid setting the controller can handle. They could only control the colour.

I would imagine a firmware update on the controller may resolve that, but there is probably no user friendly way to do that.

Melankolis737d ago

Maybe (just maybe), DS4 active controller indicator is a part of a-fixed-design industry,

turning it off need hardware/software re-engineering or anything related to the law (patent, etc),

and (maybe) those are millions of dollars of money needed...

"Turning the lights off may not as easy as we think"

a_adji737d ago

Errrrrrrrrr, what's the big fricken difference?

mogwaii737d ago

Time for some 3rd party controllers, im getting sick of having to charge to charge the thing after every session

Fishy Fingers737d ago

That's one lengthy session.

(Please, no "that's what she said")

GeofferyPeterson737d ago

"I got Fishy Fingers." (That's what He said.)

IndoAssassin737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

An Led diode is 2mA. The battery is 1000mAh. So it would.take 500 hours to drain the battery.

mkis007737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

Correct sir thank you for pointing this out.

IndoAssassin737d ago

I read it on Neogaf when they were trying to figure out why the battery life was so bad.

I have a feeling it's due to the TouchPad and a firmware problem with it constantly sending audio cues for the speaker and the earphone plug even when it's not plugged in that's causing the shitty battery life. But that's just me speculating.

ironfist92737d ago

How many hours does the battery last till it needs a recharge?

mkis007737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

About 8-10 hours....though i usually just play with my cable plugged in unless im in bed...I bought a usb extender.