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.

Apparently.

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.

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39 Comments

  1. So, the final coments render this article useless.

    • why?
      what’s wrong with Peter’s legs? ^_^

  2. I’ll show you a MegaBulb…

  3. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!!

    Oh wait, I actually don’t care at all if it’s on all the time.

  4. We’ll almost certainly be able to turn it off as it is software controlled, unless it’s just an on/off connection and software only controls the colour.

    Maybe this will be the ps4’s equivalent of cross game chat.

    • “Maybe this will be the ps4′s equivalent of cross game chat.”

      So it’ll be sorted for the PS5 release then – that’s ok.

  5. This will really annoy me, but I doubt it wouldn’t get fixed. Sony’d be stupid not to.
    Also – like the new security feature for logging in. Filters out the stupid and the lazy people :-)

  6. Didn’t notice any reflection at all when playing the other day. First World Problem.

    • Could be First World Unnecessary Problem though.

  7. Not exactly a surprise considering it tells you what controller number you are trough the color.

  8. OMG, Sony could you, that’s… no issue at all.

  9. Sony:It’ll get dark when we say it will….

    Look as long as it has an auto shut off of somekind either from start or via our ‘friend’ Mr Firmware update…(no bloody friend of mine) then it’s not a game changer is it?.

    I mean, past stuff i’ve bought or been given:The Game Boy-A screen so poor i could’nt see what the dickens i was doing. The GBA Advance-I had to be sat under a floodlight to see’owt…the Dreamcast VMU-A squealer if i did’nt have new batteries in it…The 360-I SAID THE 360!!! YES IT’S COOLING SYSTEM MAKES A BLOODY DIN….The Game Gear and Lynx..WTF Batt.light flashing already?????

    I got through it, bought systems for the games.

    what’s betting some bright spark 3rd party developer does’nt come out with a clip on cap to cover the light sooner rather than later, just like all those clip on cooling fans appeared for PS3/360 as soon as overheating became the buzzword?

    Oooh.Had’nt i better trademark that idea?

  10. FECK YOU SONY! THIS IS THE WORST IDEA EVER! I MEAN IT’S ONLY A MINOR DRAWBACK AND CAN BE EASILY SOLVED BUT I’M THAT PETTY AND AM SO FECKIGN PEED OFF THAT I’M USING CAPS TO EXPRESS MY OPINION! IN FACT, I’M CANCELLING MY PRE-ORDER!

    Now I’ve got that pisstake out the way, here is my real opinion, meh, i’m not too bothered as I don’t usually pay attention to the controller when i’m playing a game. Although it could mean that the battery will drain quicker as result of the light but as long as it can be recharged, i don’t really mind.

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