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.
If you think about it the controllers now have a light thats always on. 360 controller has the green light indicator to tell what controller its assigned to and same for the ps3. No big deal, plus the health bar status will be nice.
holy crap the light is always on!!!! im totally not getting a ps4 now! lmao i can see people overreacting on this way to much just like xbox. Neither are a big deal at all
Well that's dumb.
Anyone worrying about this consuming battery amp hours needs to take a basic electronics course.
This is akin to worrying about your gas mileage being affected by your car's headlamps. The radio, microcontroller, and touch matrix on the face consume orders of magnitude more electricity than an LED.
I just hope it won't be too bright to be annoying. The first time I play games I like the TV to be the only light in the room.
I don't think ill have an issue with this
It must be a slow news day. At least the DS4 doesn't require batteries. I'd think that there'd be more stories around the web about the X1 controller not being rechargeable through usb.
This is an important update regarding the PS4 controller. I really hope that despite the light being on at all times can be slightly negated by a reasonably long battery life and a way to recharge it.
I guess it means you can't turn it off when the system Is On . Don't think it's a big problem.
In games that use it is fine that it is always one,I wish it could be off in games that don't use it
Fine by me. I mean, it's not like a portable device where battery life is super important. You're always going to have the controller near a console where you can charge it when it's in use anyway.
Not a big deal by any stretch. But at the same time, if Sony made a last minute decision to scrap including the Eye with the PS4 just to save cost versus the Xbox One, then they should have accounted for all the "default" features that wouldn't work for users. They haven't done that at all it seems.
Uuughh, another blinding light to go with all of my other electronics' glowie annoyances. My living room is already starting to look like a Star Trek dash board and it's only 2013. (*sigh*) I'm still loving the look and the so-called, "tighter feel" of the control sticks, but why couldn't they have taken this feature out at last minute like the PS Eye? Hopefully it'll be faint enough to subside once I turn it away from me.
I guess you'd have to cover it up somehow if you're not using it, which is pretty annoying.