Shuhei Yoshida on DualShock 4 Lightbar Concerns, PS App, No PSP Remote Play and Knack’s Play Length

Shuhei Yoshida doing what he does best.

Posted By | On 25th, Sep. 2013 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

ps4 amdEver since the PlayStation 4 was showcased at this year’s E3, Sony executives like Shuhei Yoshida and Shahid Kamal have taken to Twitter to answer questions directly from the community. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment has revealed some interesting tid-bits regarding the upcoming next generation console.

The original PlayStation Portable is Sony’s most successful handheld device which is currently enjoying a bigger user base than its successor, the PlayStation Vita. It is a well known fact that users can remote play PS4 games on their PS Vita but unfortunately, those looking to do the same on the PSP are out of luck. Yoshida confirmed that they have no plans to release a new firmware update that will add that functionality. Considering that the PSP may not be powerful enough to handle it and how the PS Vita was designed from the beginning (according to Sony) to work in conjunction with the PS4, this is understandable.

Yoshida also addressed concerns of being unable to switch off the DualShock 4’s light bar and how the light can probably reflect off of the screen during gameplay. According to Yoshida, the chances of this happening are rare as the LED is angled down.

He also confirmed that they are trying to launch the PlayStation App in North America before the launch of PS4. Head here to learn more about the app and how its second screen functionality will come in handy when the PS4 launches. Finally he confirmed that the campaign for Knack, a PS4 launch title developed by chief system architect Marky Cerny, will last more than 10 hours. Yoshida stated that it took him a little more than that to complete it, so it’s as good an estimate as any.

The PlayStation 4 will be launching in North America on November 15th and in Europe on November 29th, with a launch in Asia set for December 2013 and a Japanese launch due on February 22nd 2014.

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  • Kamille

    the light-bar will get annoying, that’s for sure.

    • RandomUser2yr29387

      Do you not know how to read? The light bar is angled down, its designed to NOT reflect on your TV while you are playing.

    • LightBar

      You will still see it on your screen no matter which way it is angled.
      It will be annoying.
      Well, black electrical tape will fix it 🙂

    • NinoBr0wn

      I really don’t believe it’s that bright.

    • Nick TwinkleToes Setzer
    • NinoBr0wn

      lol oh god there’s always some sleuths on the net. It won’t be a problem.

    • Nick TwinkleToes Setzer

      thanks for the denial … ahem* I mean reassurance.

      It’s really not an issue either way, but it is clear it will kill battery life and it does reflect off the screen. That is just fact. (half of which proven in the previously linked pictures.)

    • NinoBr0wn

      You took that as denial? Would you comprehend it differently if I said it won’t be a problem >>for me.

    • Nick TwinkleToes Setzer

      no I would have comprehended differently if you didn’t first say

      “I really don’t believe it’s that bright.”

    • gamerguy

      YEah, it could end up being VERY annoying – but that’s typical of Sony, they never test anything hard or good enough! I swear, I should head up their test team!

    • Art1mus

      The first pic is actually the PS Eye showing a direct feed of the gamers playing in front of the TV. Of course you will see the light bar, lol.
      The second pic is also a PS4 Eye app (play room) which does not have enough graphics of its own and thus has most of the screen black. When actual colors appear on the screen this won’t be an issue.

    • Nick TwinkleToes Setzer

      I can read … but I can also see.
      It’s amazing what using all of your senses can do.

    • MegaRay

      Then just plug a vita or even a pc gamepad 😛

    • Matt Wrightman

      Really? you havent even played it yet and you’re saying it will be annoying. im sure that will be the least of anyones worries.

    • jdp12

      put a blanket over it/duck tape over it.

      won’t bother me personally as I’m a fair distance away from my TV but yeah

    • Thomas

      Oh noes! You can’t turn the light bar off?!?

      PREORDER CANCELLED!!!111!!1!!


  • Jason Mounce

    I’m only wondering if Dualshock 4 will be able to be used on PS3 for those of us that want to enjoy the new comfortability but on the predecessor.

    Of course that in itself would likely mean the Lightbar should be deactivated upon being used on PS3 since it’d have no use except for potential and additional buttons for games that allow button-customization if any. Like how PSP games on Vita can allow touchscreen-additional buttons or to configure the right analog stick with them.

    As for ‘Light Bar reflections’ Idunno bout some of the pessimists in the comments here like Kamille, but it’d of course be variable on what bloody level your TV is at, how high is it, is it on a table or stand? Mounted on the wall? What angle is the TV at too? I use my PC Monitor which doubles as a Console monitor that’s 24″ and at 1920×1200. DVI for PC and HDMI for PS3/PS4. Since it’s on my desk, my controller above my lap? I won’t have an issue with the lightbar for sure, similar scenarios will be for others.

    • DoUbLeZz (Lydon)

      No it wont work with PS3, at least not yet, but i too think it would be neat to use it on PS3, especially once u get used to the new more comfortable DS4!!! And seriously About the reflection issue, its pretty petty especially since u would have to be pretty close to the TV with the tv being pellow your head level to really notice!!! I love the lightbar give the controller more character and like!!! =)

  • DoUbLeZz (Lydon)

    the lightbar is no issue at all its not even that bright, u will notice it more and night in the dark during 2-3 second loading screens lol I love the DS4!!!

  • gamerguy

    I really hate sony for all the love they show to America! Europe is where all the REAL PS gamers are! Xbox outsold PS in America, and its thanks to us in Europe for making the PS3 outsell the xbox worldwide, and yet America gets the app, and the fucking PS4 before we do! I’m sick of Sony catering to americans who do not even appreciate them (which is probably why they get everything before us). Pisses me off!

  • trfe

    Light bar is another gimicky sony bad idea. Touchpad, home, batarang controller…they say that the light will change colors to tell you what’s happening in the game. Are you going to look away from the screen to look down at your controller during gameplay? Sony makes so many bad decisions.

    • Hernandez Jonathan

      The light bar isn’t there for that, it is made of the same technology as the move and is designed to work with the camera to make the sixthaxis and motion even more accurate. Everything else is just a bonus

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