The PlayStation 4 Slim leaks over the last couple of days have thrown up another interesting wrinkle, with a revision of the DualShock 4 controller coming alongside the slimmed down console. At first glance, it looks practically identical, but there’s now an eye catching lightbar built into the touchpad in addition to the traditional lightbar on the rear of the controller.
It’s a good addition, sincethe lightbar is often used by games to subtly indicate a kind of status change, like turning red when your health is low. Then again, given how vocal people were in asking for a way to turn the lightbar off on the original DualShock 4 and how distracting it can potentially be in low light, you can imagine how people might react if you can’t turn the touchpad lightbar off when playing at night.
As more slim PS4s seem to be getting out into the wild, this came from a number of unboxing and hands on videos that have been posted online, one of which can be seen below. It does seem as though Sony are pushing back, as Eurogamer have removed their video that showed the console booting citing legal advice, and others have been made private or removed entirely.
With the Slim apparently set for a grand reveal alongside the PlayStation 4 ‘Neo’ hardware on September 7th, it’s hardly surprising in this day and age that this is like closing the gate after the horse has already bolted.