So, it’s time to open a can of slightly aged worms again in regards to the PS4. The light bar. Niffy? Annoying? Whether you fall into the camp of “Hell yes, I can pretend I’m participating in a sweet mid-nineties underground rave, al la Blade!” or “Grrrr, this stupid thing is distracting and glaring in my TV screen!”, the actual reason you can’t turn the function off has come to light (pun totally intended).
Speaking in an interview with Techradar, Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe senior designer Jed Ashforth, said that the light bar was all part of Sony’s long game in regard to its recently announced virtual reality headset Project Morpheus.
“The tracking light… it was our department that said we need that on. 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.”
So there you go, mystery solved. In my opinion if you can’t come round to the rave party mentally and are still complaining about glare or distractions, all can be fixed by just buying the promising VR peripheral when in comes out or, you know, angling the controller down slightly from the screen…