In a recent release from Jed Ashforth, Senior Designer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, we finally know what the Light Bar is for on the PS4 DualShock Controller.
“The tracking light… it was our department that said we need that on,” said Ashforth. “It was for tracking for VR, 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.”
Turns out, it wasn’t just Sony wanting to look like Tron. The mysterious Light Bar was in fact created to be used with Project Morpheus all along. Sony released their VR footage of “The Deep” which gave us an up close look at the usability of the new gaming experience.
Along with the news to the Light Bar being used with Project Morpheus, we also got a stunning new update for the Light Bar in Update 1.70 that allows us to dim the Light Bar itself. Which has been a want of many gamers due to an inconvenient light shining on our TV screens.
Just interviewed @yosp and he said that upcoming PS4 firmware will let you turn off light bar on controller!
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 20, 2014