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How to permanently switch off your Dual Shock 4 lightbar

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I like the PlayStation 4 Dual Shock controller. It’s a helluva lot better than the PS3’s controller, a  firm piece of plastic with some neat features. What isn’t neat however, is that damn lightbar. It’s a nice idea, but one in practice that has very little functionality beyond shepherding ships past dangerous rocks in foggy weather. Even with the latest firmware update providing an option to dim it, the Dual Shock controller still burns with the intensity of a star. But you can easily remedy that. Let me show you how.

First, you’ll need the following:

  • The controller itself
  • Scissors
  • Insulation tape

Spend several days finding the spot on your insulation tape where you can peel it off. Say goodbye to your friends and family before you embark on this journey:

PS4 controller (1)

Once the ham demon has been vanquished, roll a small strip off and snip it like you’re attending a Brit Milah:

PS4 controller (2)

Cover the light bar deftly, deftly, leaving enough space to still charge your controller every 20 minutes:

PS4 controller (3)

And there you go. Did it work?

SHIT.

Bright

MY EYES!

MY EYES

THE BEACON IS LIT! GONDOR CALLS FOR AID!

Gondor

SOLAR FLARE ATTACK!

Solar Flare

Well, at least it’s slightly better now.

PS4 controller (4)

And that’s how you fix the lightbar on a PS4 controller. Tune in next week, when I teach you how to adopt a child.

Last Updated: January 30, 2015

47 Comments

  1. YOU MOTHERF****** actually thought it was legit.
    ROFLOL

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    • The D

      January 30, 2015 at 15:07

      The thing is, I’ve genuinely left the tape on. It does help.

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      • So Hard (Umar)

        January 30, 2015 at 15:14

        Gonna do it.It annoys the crap out of me. Was playing Resi Evil in the dark and I can see the reflection on the TV actually even when dim.

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        • RinceThis

          January 30, 2015 at 15:15

          Well at least you can’t see your reflection, that would be scarier than the game! *RUNS

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        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 30, 2015 at 15:18

          When the light hits your TV does it go something like this?

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 30, 2015 at 15:14

        That’s what she said

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        • Tosh MA

          January 30, 2015 at 15:22

          LOOOOOOL!

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    • RinceThis

      January 30, 2015 at 15:11

      hahaha me too

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  2. b1nd3r

    January 30, 2015 at 15:05

    Ultimate ps4 troll well played Darryn

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  3. Brandon van Reenen

    January 30, 2015 at 15:07

    Lol, must be a slow news day. XD

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    • RinceThis

      January 30, 2015 at 15:11

      Nah, just Darryn trolling us 🙂

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  4. RinceThis

    January 30, 2015 at 15:11

    • Hondsepop

      January 30, 2015 at 15:32

      Good one, Stone cold just step into the arena.

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  5. Tosh MA

    January 30, 2015 at 15:11

    Step 1: Sell PS4.
    Step 2: Profit.

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    • Deceased

      January 30, 2015 at 15:15

      Step 3: ascend to master race

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  6. Fnuik

    January 30, 2015 at 15:13

    hahahaha nice. But I must say, I’ve never really noticed the light bar on my ds4. But that can be cause my tv is slightly higher than where I’m sitting so don’t get to see the reflection.

    A better option would be to do this:

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    • Skyblue

      January 31, 2015 at 09:01

      Dude, have you ever scratched an itch on your chin or nose while playing? You shine those interstellar flares right in your eyes every time. Very cool add-on’s btw.

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  7. freddy_uk

    January 30, 2015 at 15:14

    what wrong with the light. i barely notices in the dark.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 30, 2015 at 15:15

      Some people see it reflect on the TV. Not me though. I have two TVs so the angle probably works in my favour

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      • RinceThis

        January 30, 2015 at 15:17

        You’re looking at the WRONG TV. Which explains why when playing Dark Souls you think you are actually controlling the characters from Bold and the Beautiful!

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        • Hammersteyn

          January 30, 2015 at 15:22

          Both are equally frightful to behold. So many monsters

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      • Brady miaau

        January 30, 2015 at 22:24

        Why two? I realise I may just regret this.

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        • Hammersteyn

          February 2, 2015 at 07:55

          Hehe I multi task. Movies/sports on the one. Gaming on the other.

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  8. Ghost In The Rift

    January 30, 2015 at 15:15

    That was funny, never expected it, but be ready for the fan boys lol:-P

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 30, 2015 at 15:22

      I cast PETA COUGAR!

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  9. Skyblue

    January 30, 2015 at 15:17

    Lol you troll – check the pic, he looks just like you

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  10. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    January 30, 2015 at 15:24

    Lol. Best troll article ever

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  11. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    January 30, 2015 at 15:26

    You mean to tell me that YOU with all your cosplay experience were too lazy to cut the insulation tape to shape and size?

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    • Tosh MA

      January 30, 2015 at 15:28

      Well he does work for LAZYgamer

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  12. Nick de Bruyne

    January 30, 2015 at 15:28

    This reminds me of the very practical and incredibly helpful guide that I did for Lazygamer in 2008 on how to build your very own Donkey Kong themed Wii Steering wheel: http://www.lazygamer.net/wii/lazygamers-diy-guide-build-your-own-donkey-kong-themed-mario-kart-wheel/

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    • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

      January 30, 2015 at 15:51

      But what happens once the bananas go off?

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  13. Hondsepop

    January 30, 2015 at 15:34

    Don’t have that problem yet, but wish I had. Maybe someday. Good African solution, reminds me of the Russian pencil in space story.

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  14. Wraith

    January 30, 2015 at 15:46

    Lol, that misleading header. CLICKBAIT!!

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    • Brady miaau

      January 30, 2015 at 22:23

      How so. He did what he said he would

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  15. Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

    January 30, 2015 at 15:47

    *Almost* as good as the PS4 pizza! 😀

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  16. Marcus

    January 30, 2015 at 15:49

    Enjoyed the read. I installed a switch. Just a simple on off trigger. cost me R6.50

    Be careful tho! Once you open that controller, every single piece wants to fall out and does not fit inside again!
    Took me a few hours to get the thing back together.

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  17. Spaffy

    January 30, 2015 at 15:49

    Brilliant article. One of your finest pieces Darryn.

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    • Hammersteyn

      February 2, 2015 at 16:24

      XD

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  18. house_hero

    January 30, 2015 at 15:52

    Hahah. That hilarous! That said… You can make them dimmer…

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  19. Purple_Dragon

    January 30, 2015 at 16:56

    One thing I do like about the light bar is that it illuminates the room a bit when playing with the room lights off.

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  20. Brady miaau

    January 30, 2015 at 22:23

    Awesome, awesome. At least we know Sony did not sponsor this. If they did, the deftly deftly would have covered the charger port, but left Sony badge visible

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  21. Vogiir

    February 2, 2015 at 09:11

    Rofl. Great article to start the week with XD

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  22. Allykhat

    February 2, 2015 at 09:23

    Take it one step further and shape the tape to cover the lightbar so it doesnt look so fugly 😀

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  23. Nato Meowsers

    August 12, 2016 at 18:03

    Well phuck my gosh!!

    What the shit?

    Son of dick.. I was all gettin’ hyped to do some hardcore Jurassic Park type hacking bullshit, but this..
    This is the mutha phukkin’ BALLS!!

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