DualShock 4 light bar will not be disabled in future update, says Yoshida

Thursday, 16th January 2014 16:31 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Those hoping Sony would eventually release a firmware update disabling the light bar for games which do not use the DualShock 4 feature will be sorely disappointed. The news comes from the Twitter account of Sony World Wide boss Shuhei Yoshida, responding to a query on the matter from a PS4 user. Yoshida flatly said “no” and that the LEDs used in the controller do not use much of the battery. Thanks, OPM.



  1. Rikki

    Boo!! That light drains the HELL out of the battery! I get like 4 hours out of my DS4 then DEAD! That sucks…

    #1 11 months ago
  2. fearmonkey

    Probably means that they will release a future version with a switch that turns it off or on.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. dreamcastnews

    It’s never bothered me to be honest…

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Djoenz

    Wahaha freaking lame…

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Phoenixblight


    Hyperbole much? I get anywhere between 8-10 hours out of my controller.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. dizzygear

    What did you expect?
    This is the same company that dumped a permanent Singstar app on your PS3′s XMB that projects its shitty splash screen in your face every time you boot the machine that they refuse to remove.

    Did someone ever tweet Yoshida about that and received a response?

    #6 11 months ago
  7. fihar

    It’s a frickin’ LED.
    I doubt turning it off would extend the battery life much.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Ilovesony

    @1 damn if you only getting 4 hours out of your controller… You may want to send them back … I get a easy 10 hours nonstop.. perhaps a little exageration there?

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Djoenz

    So blue led is controller number 1 and red led is controller 2. There is green and yellow too.

    I preferred the DS3 indicator. The led is too big,has no purpose (if you dont have a camera) other than an additional health indicator and its just annoying to see the reflection in your Led TV (led tv’s tend to have a mirror like screen).

    Also a friend of mine got a additional DS4 controller and it was faulty by default haha. You couldnt aim with it. R3 stick was busted…

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Delsin Row

    who want this beatifull artifact turn off?i playt with it almost 6 or 7 hours

    #10 11 months ago
  11. mistermogul

    “the LEDs used in the controller do not use much of the battery”

    You can take the battery out of your DS3 (higher mAh) and put it into your DS4 with no modifications.

    This gives you about 14 hours instead of 8 though I’ve not done it myself yet so not confirmed…

    #11 11 months ago
  12. Cobra951

    When I first moved to my current place, I got this little flashlight with 3 LEDs for illumination. It uses 2 AA batteries. It’s my go-to light whenever power fails and whenever I need better light somewhere. That was 7 years ago. It’s still using the original batteries.

    LEDs have ridiculously low power drain. Concern about this blue light is like worrying about how much a dead bug on your windshield affects your gas/petrol mileage.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Delsin Row

    11@ are you serious?
    how could you do that?

    #13 11 months ago
  14. mistermogul

    @13 – Yeah it’s very easy if you’ve got the right screwdrivers. Would probably void your warranty though…

    See here –

    And –

    #14 11 months ago
  15. Hcw87

    I like the touchpad/lightbar on the DS4 better than i like Kinect. There, i said it.

    Having a camera pointed at me 24/7 just makes me feel uneasy.

    #15 11 months ago
  16. NocturnalB

    I’m not sure the light burns much juice considering it’s LED. Personally I like the light bar, I just want the controller to be smart enough to turn itself completely off after an extended time, like when I’m watching Netflix, I hate having to hide the bright blue light, and I’m sure it would conserve power.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. Djoenz

    So if you enable the smart mode (turns the controller off after inactivity) it will shut off the controller but the light stiil shines? lmao thats weird.

    BTW you could always just shut down the controller manually.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. NocturnalB

    Yeah but see that requires me knowing how the hell to do that lol. I’m still new to he PS4, heading to my digital manual now.

    #18 11 months ago
  19. Djoenz

    It can be done in the settings,I cant remember exactly where but it can be done.
    Powersaving settings. You can do it either for the console or controllers.

    Manually=holding down the ps button.


    To have it turn off automatically after not being used for a while:

    choose the settings option from the menu on the top of the main screen (far right, next to the power symbol, toolbox icon)
    scroll down and choose ‘Power Save Settings’
    choose ‘Turn Off DUALSHOCK 4 Automatically’
    select 10, 30, or 60 minutes as the idle time before the controller is turned off automatically (selecting off will return it to always-on)

    Source –


    PS: I dont own a ps4 I borrowed one from a friend of mine for a day and that was when I checked everything out but did not fiddle with it because obviously it wasnt mine and there I saw the options thats why I know that it can be done, but never tested it out myself. Thus my reaction of the blue light still on hehe.

    #19 11 months ago
  20. NocturnalB

    Boom shakalaka it’s done, thanks! Now all I’m waiting on is custom dashboard and avatars, which honestly isn’t high priority for me, but I still want it, and a Pandora app for when I’m gaming. Right now I’m subscribed to Sony’s music unlimited, but Pandora is still loads better.


    Yeah no I understand, I’m still figuring it out, had it about a month now, just haven’t had the necessary time to explore. No if the light was staying on 24/7 I would have probably called them by now lol.

    #20 11 months ago
  21. Djoenz

    Oh definitely man custom dashboards and avatars is a must have! but somehow I think first they will enroll premium shit. PS+ and all.

    Soon people will make their own themes…hopefully lol.

    #21 11 months ago
  22. NocturnalB

    An added note: this has been happening right out of the box, when I go to play a disc movie (blu-Ray and DVD both) the PS4 stops sending an HDMI signal. At first I thought it was freezing up, but I’ve found the only work around is when, after you hit play the movie and the screen cuts out, disconnect and then reconnect the HDMI cable and the screen comes back. Wonder if this has anything to do with the Foxconn stuff?

    #22 11 months ago
  23. DuckNation

    so many cry babies in here ffs its sickening

    #23 11 months ago
  24. revolting

    A lot of people seem to not realise that the colour of the light bar isn’t just to denote player number. Games can over-ride that default with their own functionality. I haven’t seen many examples of this yet, but the ones I have seen I really like. Warframe for example has it flash crazy colours when you’re about to die, while DC Universe Online (and this is my favourite non-default use of it that I’ve personally seen so far) has it turn different colours depending what power set your character is using.

    Similarly to the touch pad, most multi-plat games won’t take advantage of it at all. It’ll only be when we start seeing more exclusives rolling out that games really start doing interesting things with the light bar. Or not. They may ignore it all together. But I think that would be a shame.

    #24 11 months ago
  25. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    Refusing to let players turn that DS4 light off was a stupid move. Shame on you Sony.

    #25 11 months ago
  26. Tyrantsoul

    No big deal.I put black electrical tape on mine day one.Battery usually lasts about 8-10 hours for me so I don’t think its a major factor in draining its power.As stated above can can swap the battery from a DS3 into a DS4.Not that difficult just be careful with the two wires on the battery connector.It does give more life now,about 15+ now.That could vary of course as I used a fairly old DS3 pad.

    #26 11 months ago
  27. koopa

    Its just a LED light, you can disable it if you don’t like it. By taking the controller apart of course. What are you scared? Take it apart, but can you put it back together? Probably not

    #27 11 months ago

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