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Even though it's designed to work with the PlayStation Camera, and will prove useless without that extra component.

Sony's DualShock 4 controller won't allow gamers to turn off its light bar to save battery life, according to the company's Worldwide Studio boss.

Fielding a question from a concerned gamer recently, Sony Worldwide Studio chief Shuhei Yoshida said on his Twitter account that the DualShock 4's light bar, which sits at the top of the device, cannot be turned off. The gamer was hoping to turn off the light bar "so the battery lasts longer."

Not including the ability to turn off the DualShock 4 light bar might annoy some gamers. The feature, which contains three LEDs, can change colors based on what's happening in a game. However, it's designed to work with the PlayStation Camera. If the Camera isn't connected, the light bar is just about useless. And since some gamers won't connect a Camera to their console, the light bar could be little more than an additional drain on the controller's battery.

Gaming site IGN previously reported that Sony had intended to include the PlayStation Camera in every PlayStation 4 bundle, but decided against it so it could offer the console for a cheaper price than Microsoft's Xbox One. Sony has not confirmed that's the case, but it would make sense, considering the light bar cannot be turned off.

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That's a waste. I don't see why they can't offer the option to in the OS, either...

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Sometimes making packaging decisions last minute messes up what you initially planned for.

3 LEDs shouldn't really drain the battery though.

first world problem right there.

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Well, at least they'll be able to use the colors to identify P1, P2, P3, etc.

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ps4 is doomed

While its not that bif of a deal. it does now seem pointless to have such big light just for a player indicater

This is why I don't see how I can be the "best controller ever". Maybe it is, but for now I feel as though that light will do nothing but annoy me.

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Conegamer said:
This is why I don't see how I can be the "best controller ever". Maybe it is, but for now I feel as though that light will do nothing but annoy me.

What does Kinect have to do with this?



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Also, what are the odds do we think of having a PSEye bundle soon?

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