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The PS4 Controller Light Bar was Designed for VR in Mind
Filed under: PLAYSTATION 4

The PlayStation 4's recent 1.7 firmware update allowed users to dim the controller's light bar, but Sony refuses to allow this light to be turned off completely. Apparently, there is a method to the madness.

Senior designer Jed Ashforth told TechRadar that the light bar was designed for VR implementation in the future.

"The tracking light - it was our department that said we need that on. It was for tracking for VR," he explained. “And when all these things were coming out six months ago and everyone was going 'it's reflecting in my TV,' we were going 'oh no' because we couldn't tell anyone what it was for."

So Project Morpheus was in the works for who knows how long now. I'm still not keen on the whole VR thing, but it's nice to know at least Sony has a reasoning behind the light bar other than SIXAXIS controls. I honestly like the light bar, but I know it kills my controller's battery.



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Whisky May 08 2014, 04:21 pm EDT
It eats up the battery like crazy. Let me turn it off already, I'm never buying a PS Camera or doing their VR
  thestewieman: Ha, see you in 2 years when there is exclusive conten…
Shurj May 08 2014, 06:09 pm EDT
Seriously, what is wrong with turning the light off. Now I am getting paranoid. Is that light really what Sony is saying it is or is it keeping track of me?
  thestewieman: Yes the light is following you around wherever you go…
Damocles May 09 2014, 05:30 am EDT
"Turn off the controllers light Pal."
"I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that..."
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