You can’t switch the PS4 controller’s light bar off, Sony Worldwide boss Yoshida confirms

Responding to an incredibly specific fan query on Twitter, Sony’s worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that the light bar on the PS4′s DualShock 4 controller can’t be switched off. There’s been no further assurance of what that means for the controller’s battery life yet, nor whether its reflection could be problematic against plasma TVs.

PS4 controller’s light bar can’t be turned off

Here’s how the news broke over the Twittersphere:

Concise. The light bar’s function is twofold – as a beacon for the PlayStation Eye to detect motion, and to give you colour-based feedback in games – changing from blue to red as your health depletes in shooters, for example.Get a full run-down on the DualShock 4′s features here, if you’re out of the loop.

If developers can program such colour changes into their games, one might speculate that it’s possible to code away potential problems with screen glare and battery guzzling. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments as they emerge.