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    Sony: DualShock 4 light bar can change your mood when gaming in the dark

    Sony: DualShock 4 light bar can change your mood when gaming in the dark

    posted on Mar 23rd 2013 at 11:35pm by Nick Kosmides

    Everyone is focused so much on the DualShock 4′s light bar being used simply as a built-in Move controller working in tandem with the new camera peripheral for PS4. Scott Rohde, Senior VP Sony World Wide Studios, jumped onto the PlayStation Blog this past week and talked about a new way that games might use the light bar and a dark room to influence the player’s mood while gaming.

    Playing games in the dark versus a well lit room depends heavily on the game being played. With Move and Kinect gaming, well lit areas are ideal for the cameras. What playing in the dark does for other games is allow it to immerse the player into the game by blacking out the real world around the tv. Who would have thought that the light bar on the new DualShock 4 could be used to color that dark space in front of the player to influence things like their mood while gaming. Rohde paints this picture pretty well:

    A lot of gamers, myself included, like to play in some dimly lit rooms. And when you’re playing a game and the whole area around you changes color slightly based on what that light bar is doing, it’s not something you’re staring at and your expecting, but it changes your mood and it changes the way you feel when, whatever it is, when you fire a button, when you step into an area where you are in a cold blue area – think about Journey. You’re in a cold blue area, and then you move into more of an orangey earth tone – a warm area. And that controller is coming with you.
    When the whole room around you is sort of suddenly changing from the blues and greens into the oranges and yellows, you might not really even know what’s happening, but your whole sense of immersion is definitely greater. It’s a really good thing. I get really excited about that color bar.

    I help but imagine a character like Nathan Drake traversing an underwater level while the controller is illuminating the space in front of me with a fluctuating blue ambient light effect. Then coming out of the water and engaging in all sorts of explosions and gun play while the light bar flashes and pops all sorts of reds and oranges, effectively surrounding me in the warm light of the in-game explosions.
    In addition to this light show experience, the new speaker in the DualShock 4 will bring near field audio to the player (a la Wii Remote). Those gunshots from Drake’s own pistol popping off, the shells hitting the floor around the feet of your Killzone character, or the zombie bite from behind will all be something new to PlayStation gamers and developers will quite literally have their hands full.

    Source - http://ps4daily.com/2013/03/sony-dua...g-in-the-dark/


    Interesting stuff

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    That sounds really cool! Only problem that I see with it is devs will have to put that into the game. I wonder if outside of exclusives if they will even bother with it. It is really cool though. Much like Ambient lighting on tvs a few year ago. I was really sad to see that go. That was really neat in my eyes.




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    Quote Originally Posted by HellsJester View Post
    Interesting stuff
    Philips the technology company have a similar mood bar surrounding they're tvs for quite a few years now and I was always impressed with that technology

    its an interesting addition to the gaming senses
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    Quote Originally Posted by THE FORS View Post
    Philips the technology company have a similar mood bar surrounding they're tvs for quite a few years now and I was always impressed with that technology

    its an interesting addition to the gaming senses
    You mean this?



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    It be interesting to see the actual implementation of the light bar but personally I'm not getting my hopes up.


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    Game changer. This is going to be great, I sure hope its bright enough.

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    what lol. As long as they're adding an option to turn this off, I'll be happy.

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    This is indeed a very interesting concept. One that I could easily see working so long as they stick to ambient colors. Warmer colors for respite areas in the game, blues for aquatic regions or sad moments, reds for violent moments, etc. I could see this being implemented very well into games. Sony will certainly have to make it VERY simple for developers to code the light bar color into their games though, otherwise no one will spend the extra time to do it. So, it'll most likely be seen most in First Party games. If implemented correctly though, it'll just be one more way to immerse the player in the game and I cannot argue with that. As this certainly wouldn't be a feature that everyone would want, however, I do agree with Sufi that I hope there is a way to turn this function off (Though personally I would use it).

    If the light of the light bar can change color though, I wonder if there will be an option for the gamer to customize the light bar's standard color?
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    IT would be great!I want to see when they get to that point,they can change the whole room
    Like on a horror game-slender-and when he comes close the bar flickering and making noise vibrationg
    Interesting stuff...

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    Sounds interesting indeed. I will love to see this in action
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    sounds cool cant waite to see how this pans out

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    Quote Originally Posted by HellsJester View Post
    You mean this?


    I do its exactly what I meant

    anything which adds to the ambience of a game surely can't be a bad thing can it?
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    We have a Philips TV like that and I love it. That only replicates the screen though, it isn't based on changing your mood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naxi View Post
    We have a Philips TV like that and I love it. That only replicates the screen though, it isn't based on changing your mood.
    I'm sure the ones that will implement the lighting on the controller will mostly uses it like that. Say your in a corridor with red light everywhere, I'm sure the light will change to red. I doubt they will get as deep as what the article states except for a select few devs. Would be very cool if they did.




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    Cute little feature that's not necessary.

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    how bright is this led bar supposed to be that its going to illuminate my room at night?
    So long as I can turn it off, im fine with it else no.
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    But yeah, it's kinda cool but I generally don't play with the lights off

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    All we need now is a controller that emits smells to really put you in the mood. So when you walk by that burning car you can smell the burning rubber. Or if you're by the ocean you feet that salty smell.

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    This does sound like a really unique feature, but I can't get excited about it, because I can't see many Devs putting this into their games.

    I hope I'm wrong, because I think Devs would benefit from using this feature in their games, for creating a mood/emotion in the player.
    Have to wait and see.



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    Now this will run down the controller a lot i guess or they have sorted it out that it only takes half of the energy
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    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
    Now this will run down the controller a lot i guess or they have sorted it out that it only takes half of the energy
    I don't think led lights use that much power. Could be wrong though. Not to mention the light is probably magnified by the plastic piece covering it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3freak18 View Post
    I don't think led lights use that much power. Could be wrong though. Not to mention the light is probably magnified by the plastic piece covering it.
    you could be right and then again all could be an actual lie and it does not do this at all
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