The lights are on
In a tweet to a follower, Shuhei Yoshida revealed that the PlayStation 4 controller's light cannot be turned off – even to save battery.
The light sensor is used in conjunction with the PlayStation 4 camera to detect movement. Some developers also plan to use the sensor for game mechanics. For example, Killzone: Shadow Fall will use the sensor to display the player's health.
While initial reactions to this news has been negative, it is worth noting that editor Matt Helgeson had a favorable experience with the new Dual Shock in his hands-on preview.
[Source: Twitter via Gamespot]
Our TakeThe Dual Shock 4 light sensor's "always-on" policy is leaving some gamers wondering what to do in the case of reflective TV screens. After all, a colorful light can show up as a distracting, reflective glare. And how energy efficient can the controller be with a large light endlessly using up power? The real question is, since the PlayStation 4 camera doesn't come standard, what's the point of keeping the light sensor on at all times? Whether or not Sony reconsiders adding an option to turn off the light is a question that will be answered this holiday season.
I hope they reconsider before launch, there is no reason for it to remain on at all times. I could see the glare from it becoming quite annoying. If they don't give us the option to shut it off then I may be throwing some black tape on that sucker.
that's the last straw! i'm buying xbox!
And people cared.... the end.
Lights like that do not draw much power at all. The rest of the circuitry in the controller is going to be much more power hungry.
If the glare bothers you, there's a simple solution: masking tape.
Well, that's stupid.
Doesn't bother me to know that the light will always stay on. I think it looks pretty cool. Interested to see how the battery lasts.
no big deal, besides, that light wont reflect to the my tv.
In all honesty, if this hadn't been reported, I would never have noticed. That said, this is a small annoyance, if one at all.
Meh... It'd be nice to have the option to turn it off, but it's definitely not a deal breaker by any stretch.
Wouldn't that just lower the battery?
Somehow I dont think that light will show much of a glare on the tv. It doesnt seem all that bright to begin with. I would only be concerned with power useage in all honesty. A light being always on is no big deal.