DualShock 4’s Massive Room-Illuminating MegaBulb Can’t Be Turned Off

How are you feeling? Sat down? Nervous? Well, here goes: that light on the back of the DualShock 4? That console-defining, highly branded focal point that everyone seems to love, especially developers? You can’t switch it off. Well, you can – it turns off when the PS4 is off, but you can’t have it switched off during a game. Or a movie, or when you’re doing anything else on the console.


Yup, according to Shuhei Yoshida [via] that light’s going to be on all the time. Whether this is a hangover from when the camera was (presumably) part of the system or not isn’t clear, but it doesn’t look like it’s an option.

Of course, this isn’t really an issue. If you’re worried about keeping everyone else awake with the dancing blue bulb late at night as you blast your way through Killzone, chances are you should be slightly more concerned that the TV is on. And the speakers. And that the thumbsticks are clack-clacking around like a demented duck.

Ways you can prevent that light from ruining your life:

  • Put some tape over it
  • Smash it to pieces, although this might not be a great idea
  • Channel it, via a series of tubes, into lighting your entire street
  • Put it behind your hand and pretend you’re E.T.
  • Power your central heating

Those are Peter’s legs in the video. Shiny.



  1. He’s got some lovely legs. Despite holding the camera, I hadn’t seen this video weirdly. And yes, you’ve got me to blame for the jogging.

  2. Ooo, I hope Sony continue to listen to the customers as I don’t want to see the blue light shining in the reflection of the TV screen. Something I’ve seen on a good few videos on YouTube during E3.

    • exactly what I was thinking. Its not exactly a small light either. This will definitely reflect in the screen of your TV on the darker looking games. Totally put you off I think.

      • Personally this isn’t really an issue for me, because I tend to play games in a well litted room, which would pretty much counter the reflection issue :)
        But I know some enjoy playing in the dark, but I don’t think that’s all that healthy for your eyes xD

  3. Surely it turns off when the controller does, not the console?
    If that is the case then once you have a movie playing you could turn it off (or wait for it to idle off by itself) like the DS3?

    • …and when it’s on (before it switches off after 15 minutes, for example), just turn it to face away from you and the TV. Easy enough. It’s the game-playing I’m worried about.

      • The reflection point is a good one, but yeah presumably the power saving feature will be present so it’ll auto-off itself after however many minutes. The think I want to know is can I take the ultra bright bulb out and replace my shitty, ultra dim energy saving bathroom light with it? I’m all out of those ultra rare 100W regular screw caps that let me see whether I’ve actually cleaned my teeth or just rubbed them a bit.

  4. My Philips Flat tv doesn’t reflect the Move controller as it is, just a very faint reflection so I should be ok, hopefully.

    • This is a good point, anyone who has a move for the PS3, can check how much of an issue this will be already. Plus in all honesty, viewing angle doesn’t just affect games, etc but also reflections as well, but interestingly not quite in the same way.

  5. Firmware update 1.01 anyone?

    • This. It must be software controlled because, like the Move, it’s gonna change colour depending on how many controllers you have going at any one time. Therefore it can be turned off with software too.

      Not exactly an MS sized hill of beans…

  6. deal breaker, XBone here I come

  7. Patchit

  8. You can forget to power your central heating, it is a LED light.

  9. #DealWithIt

  10. You can always open up the controller and remove the cable that connects the light.

    • Or stick some plumbers tape over it lol

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