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Sony won't allow option to disable DualShock 4 light bar

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The option to disable the surprisingly bright light bar on the DualShock 4 will not be considered at Sony, CVG reported Thursday.

Shuhei Yoshida, the PlayStation president of worldwide studios, made the declaration on his Twitter account, where he often fields questions from gamers about various questions. When asked by a fan about the possibility of a future update to toggle the bright light, Yoshida's response was short.

"No," he said.

The light bar has been one of the few complaints levied against the extremely popular controller. While it has been used in several first party games, including to indicate player health in "Killzone: Shadow Fall," most third party titles have failed to do anything with it. Its brightness has also lead some gamers to complain about a glare on their televisions, and it has been pointed to as a possible reason for the controller's extremely short battery life. Yoshida denies the light is the reason for the 7-hour battery life.

"The LEDs do not use much battery," he said.

CVG noted the light bar's primary function is to serve as a trackable beacon for the PlayStation Camera, in a similar method used by the glowing orb on the PlayStation Move controller. But after Sony made the last-minute decision not to bundle the camera in with the system, the light has become primarily useless for many PlayStation 4 owners.


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