One of the minor details about the DualShock 4 that wasn’t covered in our giant PS4 guide is whether or not the PlayStation 4 controller’s Light Bar could be turned off in order to conserve battery life.
So, someone asked Shuhei Yoshida, “Can I turn off the lightbar on the DS4 so the battery lasts longer?” Unfortunately, he responded to this with a simple “no.”
Since this is likely something that isn’t 100% set it stone, it’s possible Sony could change this based on consumer feedback down the road, but it does seem a little weird that the light can’t be turned off, especially since the PlayStation Camera isn’t a requirement on the system. Of course, there is also the possibility of games not using the Light Bar at all, meaning it would never turn on in the first place, though we do already know that Killzone: Shadow Fall will use the light to display your health.
That wasn’t the only topic Shuhei addressed, as he also explained why the PS4 doesn’t have any USB ports on the back, instead placing them solely on the front:
You need to be able to reach them easily to recharge [DualShock 4].
If any more explanation regarding the DualShock 4’s Light Bar pops up, we’ll be sure to let you know all about it.
What do you think about the Light Bar being always on? Do you mind the USB ports only being in the front of the PS4? Let us know in the comments below.