Yoshida: You Can’t Turn off DualShock 4′s Light Bar, PS4 USB Ports in the Front for Easy Access

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

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TrendyGamers2203d ago

As long as it isn't too bright and doesn't drain the battery, it shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience.

auragenz2203d ago

It has to be always on, because it needs to read your thoughts.

TrendyGamers2203d ago (Edited 2203d ago )

And it rumbles whenever you think of Xbox.

iGAM3R-VIII2203d ago

So if you think about a PS4 then what happens, and what about a WiiU

TrendyGamers2203d ago


It puts on a laser light show in your brain if you think of PS4.

Army_of_Darkness2203d ago

If you have a ps4 controller in your hand, I'm sure your already thinking about it to begin with;-)

MikeMyers2203d ago

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.

ainsz2203d ago

@IGamer: You have it your hands.

madpuppy2202d ago (Edited 2202d ago )

"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.

iGAM3R-VIII2202d ago

LOL idk why I have dissagress ahahah anyway @TrendyGamers A light show?! hell yea!

Mounce2202d ago

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...

NeoTribe2202d ago

Igamer has disagrees because hes a known troll. Its kinda how logicwins always has alot. Nobody likes em.

sAVAge_bEaST2202d ago

like kinect, but different,,... good on.]

nukeitall2202d ago

I hope the light bar isn't a light show every time I game!

iGAM3R-VIII2202d ago

@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

Wintersun6162202d ago

"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.

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AliTheSnake12202d ago

That Sucks!
I have a Glossy screen.

zeee2202d ago

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.

jcnba282200d ago

I guess you could say now that the PS4 is always on! lol

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DarkBlood2203d ago

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

TrendyGamers2203d ago

Yeah, I'm always surprised by how long the DS3 battery lasts.

Dee_912203d ago

i was more surprised by how quick it charge

MajorLazer2202d ago


Agreed. I usually charge whilst gaming and in an hour or two, I have full charge :D.

ZombieKiller2202d ago

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.

sak5002202d ago

@zombie troll..

While you're at it bring up RROD as well.

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ziggurcat2203d ago

it's likely an LED light, which doesn't take up a lot of energy.

C-Thunder2203d ago

Actually, its four LEDs.

GameSpawn2202d ago (Edited 2202d ago )

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.

IMightBeRetarded2202d ago

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.

ZombieKiller2202d ago

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.

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2202d ago (Edited 2202d ago )

two words. Duct tape..

tubers2202d ago

Duct tape generation:

Kinect cam and light bar.

ape0072202d ago (Edited 2202d ago )


"Duct tape generation"


T22202d ago

Ya duct tape or tint materials I had a stereo faceplate in a car was so bright had to tint it lol

RedHawkX2202d ago

it gives you energy its like a blast shard of sorts

extermin8or2202d ago (Edited 2202d ago )

@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.

greenlantern28142202d ago

This is the kinda stuff people have to complain about the DS4 seems insignificant to me.

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g-nome2202d ago

Not nice for gaming in the dark though , might be irritating.

jcnba282200d ago

You can't turn it off? How pathetic is that?

Sony change this now.

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knifefight2203d ago

"Ports in the Front for Easy Access"
Well it worked for miniskirts.

KwietStorm2203d ago (Edited 2203d ago )

Depends on the girl. Ba-zing

M-M2203d ago

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.

Foolsjoker2203d ago

I think the light bar is fine as is, I only worry about it being too bright for playing horror games in the dark.

CrimsonStar2203d ago

Get duct tape . Bam!! Problem fixed .

SecondSon2202d ago

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.

chamber2203d ago (Edited 2203d ago )

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.

-Alpha2203d ago

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.