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Sony: DualShock 4′s Light Bar was Implemented “For Tracking for VR”

May 8, 2014 Written by Jason Dunning

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With the most recent PS4 firmware update, Sony has given you the option to dim the DualShock 4′s light bar, following months of people requesting the feature. However, turning off the light bar completely remains something you won’t be able to do.

In a new interview with TechRadar, SCEE Senior Designer Jed Ashforth revealed that the light bar was included inside the DualShock 4 at the request of the virtual reality team, and when those complaints about the light bar first popped up, they were worried because they couldn’t tell anyone exactly what it’s for:

“The tracking light… it was our department that said we need that on. It was for tracking for VR.”

“And when all these things were coming out six months ago and everyone was going ‘it’s reflecting in my TV,’ we were going ‘oh no’ because we couldn’t tell anyone what it was for.”

So there you have it, Project Morpheus is the main reason behind the DualShock 4 having a light bar.