Here’s A Comparison Between The DualShock 4′s Lightbar: Brightest To Lowest Settings

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Now that the new PS4 firmware update allows us to lower the DualShock 4′s Lightbar intensity, it is time to see how dim the lowest settings can go.

I decided to compare all three of the settings, from the highest (“Brightest”) to the lowest (“Dim”). You can check out the comparison in the images below.

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And here is a comparison GIF, that shows the difference.

As can be seen in the comparison above, the difference is there, even if it doesn’t seem to be much at first. This new intensity settings can perhaps help increase the battery life of DualShock 4(Update: yosp clarified that it isn’t the case, the battery life will remain the same), which has been terrible, especially if we compare it to DualShock 3.

What do you think about these new settings? Are you happy with them? Let us know in the comments below.

Khurram Imtiaz

A Geek and Gamer, who loves JRPGs and VITA. Follow him on Twitter and Google+

  • Josh

    Would like an update that would help prolong the controller battery life if at all possible, but that’s setting my hopes a bit high

    • Clate

      Don’t we all wish this would happen. DS3 spoiled us all lol

  • ZappyKins

    Why not just have an ‘off’ setting for those that want that. :-/

  • da Boss

    Better than nothing i guess, but an off button is crucial. I get why they don’t want to turn it off, because of the camera features and all the other little gimmicks, but for those of us who don’t own a camera, the light is virtually useless.

    • datdude

      The light doesn’t bother me at all, I like it in fact…especially when it turns colors or pulses when injured or near death in game and it illuminates the room slightly with colors. If it bothers you that much why not cover it with black adhesive tape cut to form?

      • da Boss

        So you want me to cover my controller in tape to block this stupid, useless light, instead of sony just giving us the long over due feature of simply turning it off. And the light is only part of the problem, the other problem is that the LED light KILLS the DS4 battery. Its an extremely bright, always on light that does almost nothing. The controller has a battery life of about 6-8 hours (.vs the DS3s 30+ hr battery life), we need all we can get. Im sure i could get about an extra hr off of my controller if i could simply have the light off the entire time that im using it. Other than these 2 issues, i sort of like it. On dim its not too bad, and if i had a camera, i’d probably use the light features more often. But i dont, so i shouldn’t have too.

        • datdude

          From your comment it’s clear you have no conception of what a led light is or how they function. LED’s don’t consume much energy at all. Your comment that the led “kills the ds4 battery” is ludicrous. The amount of battery life gained if the light was turned off would be negligible. If you’re going to make an argument, you should learn the basic facts.

          • da Boss

            LEDs use approximately 70-80% less energy when compared to a normal florescent light. I know they don’t use alot, but over 7 hours of gaming, this constant, super bright light is shinning. It was really bright, you could feel the heat on the controller after a couple hours of gaming. Without it im sure you’d gain a bit of battery life.

          • datdude

            I hear ya. Honestly I would rather see Sony put better, longer lasting batteries in the controller and be done with it.

          • da Boss

            I have no issue with the current battery life. On dim setting it adds about 81 minutes of battery life to the original 11 hours. This takes it to 12 hours and 20 mins. A week or so would be good, but whatever. Im sure if they let us turn off the light entirely, it would add 90+ minutes to the battery life, but oh well.

  • Mike

    Thats it really no difference

    • Dale

      Well for a start it will reduce screen glare by an amazing amount, that was the only thing people were complaining about.

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      Actually its a noticeable difference and that’s just from some pics and a gif.

  • Daniel Lawson

    Off would be nice option… this is a start

    • Necro

      No. Its how you tell which controller you are. And giving the option to turn off defeats the purpose, even without multiple controllers.

      • angh

        IF connected controllers > 1 THEN turn all lights on ELSE turn them off

        IF game requires a light THEN turn light on ELSE turn it off.

        simple as that.

        • Clate

          or you can try being an adult and not making a mountain out of an ant hill. MOST people think it is awesome but there are people who will gripe about anything apparently

          • angh

            What are you talking about? I really don’t mind the light on my controller and it never bothered me at all, but why do you have to climb a hill at all if you could have a flat, nice road?
            This is a design decision and doesn’t make any sense to permanently turn on a feature which is almost not used. For last half a year I used it maybe for 5 minutes playing a stupid games for fun.
            Try being an adult and responsible consumer who wont blindly accept something what is not needed just because a company says so. Especially if simple line of code can make it flat, again…

          • Clate

            As I said before. Most people enjoy the feature. You are not the world…..

          • angh

            ‘most’? surely you can back it up with proper research.
            …………

      • Hates bad writers.

        Yes! How lost I’d be if I wasn’t told which controller I was using in the middle of my single player experience as the light reflects off of my TV screen. I piece of electrical tape has been covering that light since day one, it’s useless, and gimmicky. End of story.

        • Clate

          Then do not buy crappy TVs.

          • Daniel Lawson

            non-crappy tvs cost more money

          • Clate

            lol true

          • Hates bad writers.

            All TV’s do it, are you retarded?

          • Clate

            no, only cheap TVs do it. Most decent TVs have anti-glare film on them. I can hold a flash light 2 feet from my tvs and they will not glare…..

          • Hates bad writers.

            BS to the extreme. By all means, tell me what magical TV you own and I’ll prove you wrong.

      • J Peter

        If you can’t keep track of which controller is which, then you’re a fucking idiot.

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      A Kinect-less xbone would be nice to but sometimes we cant have everything we want.

      • Daniel Lawson

        no… the light is useless for most people… Kinect is USEFUL for most people… can’t tell you how much it’s become a part of my entertainment center… it’s annoying not having the ability to jump around on my PS4 like I do on my One

        • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

          That’s a matter of opinion which your entitled to but Kinect apparently isn’t that useful otherwise there wouldn’t be so many people demanding an SKU without it included. And moving around on the PS4 isn’t in anyway difficult.

          • Daniel Lawson

            the loud minority

        • Clate

          Kinect is worthless. My friend still can not get his to work properly so he keeps it unplugged. There was 70-100$ for something that he does not want and does not even work properly that he was forced to pay…

          • Daniel Lawson

            it helps to speak proper english and set up your system correctly

          • Cobac Razvan

            ‘forced to pay’ ? ‘Then do not buy crappy TVs.’ in this case a xbone

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