Dim the Light bar on the PS4 Controller

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On twitter Geoff Keighley ([email protected]) mentioned an upcoming interview saying this,ย “Just interviewed @yosp and he said that upcoming PS4 firmware will let you turn off light bar on controller!” Almost immediately Shuhei Yoshida โ€(@yosp) replied withย “no, I said dim the LED, not turn off” so that’s even more great things to come from the upcoming firmware update.

What are your thoughts on the Light bar? Does it bother you? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • xxOrionxx

    The light bar doesn’t bother me.

  • Floor Poop

    The light doesn’t bother me but I’d put good money on it draining the battery as fast as it goes.

  • Don’t have a PS4… does it affect battery-life (compare PS3 controller vs. PS4 controller life-span – are they similar? Is PS4 noticeably worse?). Perhaps there could be a benefit. Any kind of options would be cool though (give me an option to have it pulse with Force Feedback events, or on voice chat, etc…)

    • ChazzH69

      It should improve the battery life. I would expect several improvements to the controller over the next few firmware updates.

  • Keith Dunn

    They all cry to Heaven that that little LED bulb has no effect on battery life and maybe that’s true. But SOMETHING DOES! I can play for about 24 hours during Extra Life on ONE CHARGE on the DS3. On the DS4 if I got to 6 hours on ONE CHARGE I’d be shocked.
    Anyway…the light bar doesn’t bother me but I don’t play in utter darkness anyway!

  • Calvin Vesco

    Light bar doesn’t bother me unless it IS the culprit for the short battery charge

    • ChazzH69

      The Built-in Mono Speaker, 2 Point Capacitive Touch Pad and Six-axis motion sensing systems all drain the battery along with the Light Bar. But I would say having the option to dim it should see a slight increase in the charge levels.

      • Makai Ookami

        I doubt the mono speaker has an effect unless it’s being use a lot. I could be wrong. The Wii controller never seemed to suffer from that.

        • ChazzH69

          Didn’t write a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • William

    It’s never bothered me but it does feel like it drains the battery…. I have to recharge my DS4 way more often than my DS3

  • David Freeman

    Thief shone a bright whit light out of the bar when you we’re easily visible … never noticed it … think you need to play that game in the dark to get the effect … or just don’t play it at all, because its not very good ๐Ÿ™‚

  • GQxDrew

    Not bothersome so much but dimming the bar is a good idea nice touch ! saves battery plus no need to always be so bright

  • Makai Ookami

    My PS4 is arms length away from me. If my battery dies it’s not a problem to hook the controller up to my hub. If I’m having that big of a problem with my controllers not being charged, it’s time to go plug the thing in, make some food, take a crap, or remote play on my Vita.

    you can always try your luck with a longer cable

    http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=113&cp_id=11332&cs_id=1030307

    Or get a battery pack to plug it into. Just every once and a while I’d recommend plugging it in for all day gaming marathons. You gotta piss and crap at some times right?

    • ChazzH69

      Thanks for going into such detail. I have two controllers and alternate between them.