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.
Pointless as hell.
between the ps4 controller detecting movement 24/7 and the xbox having the spycam always pointing at you, the chances of me buying one of this consoles in a near future are diminishing...
This does not bother me in the least
Why do I keep getting the feeling that no one at Sony or Microsoft actually THOUGHT there systems through? It is a simple on/off switch for crying out loud, that was invented by Thomas Edison for christ's sakes!
While it does not bother me much, I do hope that at the least developers can choose to implement an light off feature.
what the hell is wrong with these people!? so somebody at some point said, "no, the controllers will stay on at all times." i really don't understand some of the approaches microsoft and sony have taken with these new consoles. if the wheel aint broke, don't fix it. quit making changes that aren't needed or wanted.
Why would they use the controller as a health bar? Does anyone actually want to look down at their sweaty little hands to see how they're about to die?
I am 50/50 on this. On the one hand I like the idea so i can always find my controller. On the other hand the light can be disturbing when I am sleeping.
First, I don't think that the light looks so bright that it'd cause any reflection on a TV screen, and as far as battery, I'm hoping Sony tested it's battery length and decided it was a good length, otherwise I think they would have realized they needed to get longer battery life by adding such an option originally.
Git your duck tape handy.
No big deal here with me, blue happens to be my favorite color.
I could see it possibly being a problem if it was glaring off of the tv screen in a dark room, but with the controller having an internal, rechargeable battery the power usage is basically a non-issue. If I had to frequently replace AA's in it that would be slightly more troubling... only slightly...
I don't think this will be a problem...
Easy, tape it up.
So what moron would actually point the controller directly at the center of their television?? I don't even think that would cause a reflection; were not talking about a bright LED light. Seems to me like some people are trying to even the playing field between Microsoft and Sony; an attempt to stir up some negative press for Sony and this is the best they could come up with!?!
It is not like it will record mi voice and or record mi movement every moment of mi life. That is just prove that the Play Eye was coming in with the console.