No dimming the PS4’s lightbar

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I love the DualShock 4, and I’m fortunate enough to not have the rubber coming off the analogue thumbsticks; a problem many people seem to be experiencing. If there is one pretty big complaint I have about the thing though, is the poor battery life. I get 6 to 8 hours of play from the thing before it needs charging.  Many think that disabling that bright blue light on the front of it would help alleviate the battery-life problem. But it’s not happening.

Responding to a query on Twitter about the possibility of a firmware update to perhaps disable the light, Sony worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said it’s just not going to happen.

The reality of it is that LED lights really just don’t use all that much power, no matter how bright they may appear to be. I can’t say I care much for the light-bar though, to be honest. It flashes pretty colours, which is nice enough, but it’s hardly something I pay attention to. It’s used for tracking in conjunction with the PlayStation camera, but right now there’s not a thing worth getting the camera for. Playroom is a cool tech demo, but it runs out of fun within about 5 minutes, and the only other game to use the camera is Just Dance 2014.

I’d love to be able to disable the LED, purely because it’s mostly pointless for me, and that would stop it reflecting off the TV. As far as battery life goes, there are third party batteries coming that you’ll be able to install, that should increase battery life twofold.

Last Updated: January 16, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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