Slightly annoying, but no big deal.
Sony’s upcoming Dualshock 4 controller looks like a breath of fresh air for the Dualshock series of controllers. It has been gaining a lot of praise and attention in the mainstream press, and among the development community, for its unique button placement, and its innovative new features. Now, a new ‘feature’ has come to light, which is a little bit annoying.
Apparently, the light bar on the controller cannot be turned off. It is, if you remember, used to identify players in local multiplayer games, and it is also used in conjunction with the PS Eye Toy. However, it cannot be turned off while playing single player games either (although a developer might potentially choose to disable it by not sending any output via it), which means it will be a needless distraction and a potential drain on battery in those times.
Again, this is a minor annoyance at best, and one that Sony can fix in the coming months. I just wish it didn’t exist in the first place.