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

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