Ability to Turn off the DualShock 4’s Light Bar is Coming (Update: Shuhei Meant Dim)

March 20, 2014Written by Jason Dunning


Update: Clarifying Geoff Keighley’s tweet, Shuhei Yoshida has revealed that you won’t actually be able to turn off the light bar, saying, “No, I said dim the LED, not turn off.”

Shuhei has repeated this next point multiple times over the months, but he did add that the DualShock 4’s “LED uses little battery,” and while the DualShock 4’s battery life is less than the DualShock 3, “LED is not the main reason.”

So, in an upcoming PS4 firmware update, you’ll be able to dim the light bar, not turn it off all the way.

Original Story: People have been asking for it pretty much since the PlayStation 4 launched, and Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, has confirmed that the ability to turn off the DualShock 4’s light bar will be coming in a future PS4 firmware update.

This news comes from Geoff Keighley, who tweeted:

Just interviewed [Shuhei Yoshida] and he said that upcoming PS4 firmware will let you turn off light bar on controller!

Shuhei has previously denied that this would be happening, but it looks like the feedback from fans has persuaded them to give people the option to turn off the light bar.

It remains to be seen if turning off the light bar will be a feature added in firmware update 1.70 (there was no mention of it), so this could be something we see in an update after 1.70.

Once we hear more information about being able turn off the DualShock 4’s light bar, we’ll be sure to let you know.