Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed via twitter that the PS4 won’t be getting a firmware update to disable the DualShock 4’s lightbar in games that don’t use the feature. Twitter user @Mimzymoo asked the Sony Worldwide Studios President, “Will a future update disable the [DualShock 4] light bar for games that don’t use the light?” He replied with, “No.”
Yoshida also followed up saying “the LEDs do not use much battery.”
The lightbar doesn’t really bother us, but a lot of users have been complaining about glare off the TV caused by the lightbar, especially in dark conditions. If the lightbar cannot be turned off, maybe an option to reduce the brightness would be a good alternative.