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Light on PS4 Controller Will Not Turn Off
Filed under: PLAYSTATION 4

Know the little blue light on the front of the PlayStation 4 controller? Apparently that cannot be turned off and it has the world of the Internet in a tizzy. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, was asked directly about the light on the controller on Twitter, specifically if the light could be turned off to save the controller's battery, and he responded with a simple "no."

This light bar on the controller was designed to work with the PS4 camera to detect motion, send alerts for system functions, and for developer-specific purposes. For example, Killzone: Shadow Fall uses the light bar to show the players' health.

This news has not been well received in the world of social media, as many Twitterers have been complaining that this will cause light reflection problems, especially while playing in the dark.

Do you see this as a potential issue or just another overreaction of the interwebs?


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Marku5K Jul 08 2013, 11:49 am EDT
Yes, it would annoy the fuck out of me! It already does!
barasawa Jul 08 2013, 11:58 am EDT
I have my consoles in my room, that light would drive me nuts when trying to sleep. Heck, I've already cut the wires to the lights on my computer.
  Chunder: Turn the console off at night then.
barasawa: Some things can't be turned off for one reason or ano…
Snowy007: Closing your eyes would probably help a lot. Unless y…
Ftmch: put a piece of cloth over the controller while sleepi…
Cheddar: Again, just turn off the console. "Some things can…
GrgoljBlaster Jul 08 2013, 12:01 pm EDT
Also, nobody will want to be player 4 because on controller 4 the light is pink
  tRM: A pink light!? Hand me dat 4th controller. ^^
Chunder Jul 08 2013, 12:25 pm EDT
"This light bar on the controller was designed to work with the PS4 camera" Ah just like the Kinect will always being on... so they both be "watching" you. At least the crummy Xbox doesn't have an annoying light on it.

But in reality, this isn't a big deal for some god forsaken reason I would actually waste money on a console. The battery life the light will drain is minimal, and the "annoying" factor will be non existent unless you hold your controller backwards for some reason staring at the light.
Vodoo Jul 08 2013, 12:37 pm EDT
if only something were invented in the 1900's that you could stick on it.

maybe call it....duct tape....and sell it at a very cheap price too.
Sam707 Jul 08 2013, 01:34 pm EDT
I don't think it will be a problem because judging by the pictures, the light is facing slightly downwards. Right?
Smiley_ie Jul 08 2013, 03:42 pm EDT
I'm not even getting a console but f**k u Sony bloody lights.
Doomsday. Jul 08 2013, 04:13 pm EDT
Bahahahahhahahahaaa!!
raingod Jul 08 2013, 06:08 pm EDT
How the hell will it show the health of the player? I have to look at my controller and look away from the screen just to see my health? I haven't read anything about it but that is just wrong.
  scarecrow01: In a dark room it could probably light up the area ar…
Shurj Jul 09 2013, 12:36 am EDT
Over reaction. Light on a controller creating room lighting problems? Just how sensitive can you be?
Bubu Jul 09 2013, 12:50 am EDT
I hope you can now charge your controler while the ps4 is idle. You can't fucking do that on ps3 .... it has to be on for the thing to charge!!!!
Ftmch Jul 09 2013, 12:50 am EDT
as people have already mentioned: duct tape. However, I do think you should be able to turn it off, can't see why not, at least let people control it's brightness-level or something for playing in the dark etc. if they're annoyed by it.

Probably not going to buy a PS4 anyway, so it's none of my business. (more of a PC-gamer here, although I did buy a PS3 recently).
Dean_Demon Jul 09 2013, 01:18 am EDT
I just think gamers are just becoming far too over sensitive these days
Neil Jul 09 2013, 02:13 am EDT
2 inches of black duct tape... Sorted...
  Chunder: There's black duct tape? I thought it was always grey…
asmail Jul 09 2013, 05:28 am EDT
If the stupid light will show the health bar (which is insane because you'll have to look at the controllers back to see it!), then IT CAN BE turned off, at least partially, or will the health bar be always full?
  scarecrow01: It's probably an array of coloured LED's, not a array…
drakevonlee Jul 09 2013, 05:56 am EDT
toss the controller buy a off brand one and b happy
daver18qc Jul 09 2013, 09:01 am EDT
i'd open the controller and hard wire a switch for it.
but then again, i'm a little more "tech savvy" than most..
Cheddar Jul 13 2013, 10:39 am EDT
Much ado about nothing.
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