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.
One of the many reasons not to get a ps4
And this is a problem, because?
I have a feeling this is a language issue, and what Yoshida meant is that it cannot be turned off while the controller is in use.
I find it a minor annoyance. I have the Batman Arkham City controller for my 360 and can't stand the lights on it, so I leave them off. I can also see it draining the battery considerably quicker, but I play with my controllers plugged in anyways so it doesn't really effect me much.
It depend on how bright it is during my nighttime gaming session.
I hope it is not too bright, or even better if it can be turned off altogether. If not, I might have to buy the 3rd party peripheral, or even use Xbox One controller on my future PS4.
I don't see reflective screens being too much of a problem unless the controller is being held up higher and the game uses darker environments. The only negative I could see is possibly battery life. But then again, I can't see the light being a major drain on it.
At least it will keep the monsters away.
This really bothers me. I already hate the constant glowing lights on the console so now the controllers too. Great.that's so necessary.
And how is this an issue? I'm fairly certain that the light isn't going to reflect off of your TV. It doesn't look bright at all. I think Yoshida meant that the light can't be turned off while the system is on.
Uhh... OK. Not a problem whatsoever. Though, I don't see how it could be all that useful as an indicator of anything, considering it's location.
i dont care lol
Hmm...interesting choice there.
The Light looks awesome!
maybe i wont lose my controller now ;)
Whatever, I'm sure it isn't as bright as a lamp or the sun.
It turns off, when you turn the PS4 off. This has no effect on me, I have a LCD/LED tv with no glare