Guess What You Won’t Be Able To Do With The DualShock 4’s Light Bar?
I’ll give you one guess. Just one. That should be all you need. And no, the answer is not “your mother.”
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You’ll never be able to turn the DualShock 4’s light bar off.
At least, that’s if Shuhei Yoshida is to be believed. Twitter user Mimzymoo sent Yoshida a tweet asking whether there will be a future update that will allow PS4 owners to disable the DualShock 4’s light bar for games that don’t use it in order to save battery.
Yoshida succinctly replied “no”, in his usual straight-forward manner.
But when another user tweeted that it was a bit of a shame because of the current battery life of the DualShock 4, Yoshida tweeted back: “The LEDs do not use much battery.”
There you have it then. There are no plans to allow users to turn off the light bar. Personally, it does not bother me due to the way I sit and my TV being slightly above where my controller sits in my hands. But whether or not you’re making the argument that it distracts, I just don’t see why it would be such a problem to turn it off, because it doesn’t seem like a core function and, well, it’s just a light.
I mean, I like the light bar for when I play FIFA and it differentiates controllers by colour so I know which one is which at a glance, but when I reviewed Killzone: Shadow Fall its function was basically to show a green light when you’re on full health and a red light when you’re dead. So, it was not exactly critical to the game.
I’m curious why Sony is adamant that you can’t turn it off, as it’s not like Kinect or something, but as it is it doesn’t really bother me personally and if Yoshida is accurate then it doesn’t use much battery.