You know that light on the top of the DualShock 4? The one that changes colors based on what you’re doing with your PlayStation 4, or what’s happening in the game you’re playing.
That light has been a minor source of annoyance for some gamers. A few have even voiced frustration that Sony won’t let them turn it off, citing TV glares and the false notion that it drains battery life quickly.
It turns out Sony was never going to let users disable it. Why? Because it was a requirement for the recently announced Project Morpheus, the Virtual Reality side of the PlayStation 4.
Jed Ashforth, Senior Designer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, spoke with TechRadar about the DualShock 4’s light.
“The tracking light… it was our department that said we need that on…It was for tracking for VR.”
Uh oh. Ashforth explained that his department was a bit worried when folks were getting upset about the light’s mandatory nature.
“And when all these things were coming out six months ago and everyone was going ‘it’s reflecting in my TV,’ we were going ‘oh no’ because we couldn’t tell anyone what it was for.”
There you have it. Sony, the company that’s been making mostly great consumer facing decisions, was mum on one of the ones causing a little drama simply because they couldn’t change the feature.
What do you think of the news? Still mad about the tracking light being required?