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What The Light Bar On The PS4 Controller Means

Every time the PS4 is turned on, a blue light bar will appear on the PlayStation 4 controller. Each controller that is connected to the PS4 console will have different meanings based on its color.

The light bar on the PS4 controller indicates the players that are connected to the PS4 console. Blue Is Player 1, Red is Player 2, Green is Player 3, and Pink is Player 4.

Games have started to utilize the different colors within the game, such as turning red when you have low health in Call Of Duty or when the police are chasing you in Grand Theft Auto.

In this article, we’re going to show you what the light bar on the PS4 controller means and how games use it to your advantage.

The Light Bar On The PS4 Controller

PlayStation 4 has put a light bar on the controller to help indicate which player is which. Before, players would often connect 4 controllers and not be able to tell who was connected. Wireless controllers obviously don’t have a cord, so players need a light or indicator to determine the difference.

Light bar ps4 controller

PlayStation added the indicator lights to enhance your playing experience not just on the screen but off the screen as well! These indicator lights can help if your volume is turned all the way down (if your parents are sleeping, or if your kids are sleeping) and you can’t hear important sounds in the game. 

Player Selection

Also, if you’re playing a multiplayer game, a different color will be assigned to each player. For instance, if you’re playing NHL or any other party game with 4 controllers involved, as soon as the game starts, you want to which color you are.

Simply by looking at the controller before the puck drops, you’ll be able to chase the puck without having to waste the first 20 seconds figuring out what color you are.

Here’s what the colors indicate when a player signs in

Player 1Player 2Player 3Player 4

The light bar helps players quickly dictate who is who, especially in sports games or any game that allows multiple participants.

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How The PS4 Controller Light Bar Is Used In Games

One of the unique features of the PlayStation lights that you may not know about is that game developers have the ability to alter the lights based on what’s happening in the game.

Players often assume the lights were just to indicate which player was assigned to which controller.

However, these games were creative in how they utilized the indicator light

Tomb Raider

Color: Red/Orange

If Laura picks up a torch, the controller will start flickering yellow and orange – the colors of the torch. This is a really cool effect if you play video games with the lights off. 


Color: Multiple

As most shooters on this list, red indicates low health. They’ve also implemented the white for the flashlight, and the bright yellow lets you know your super attack is fully charged.

Grand Theft Auto 5

Color: Red & Blue

This is another one you may not have even noticed, especially if you play the game with the lights on. When the cops are chasing you, your controller will flash red and blue repetitively! And I thought red white and blue was the color of freedom.

Kill Zone

Color: Green & Red

Health indicator. Low health indicates red, and green indicates full or almost full health! 

DC Universe

Color: Multiple

DC universe has implemented the color indicator lights to change based on the power your character has. This can be a bit annoying if you play in a dark room, as the frequent changes may distract you. 


Color: Blue or Red

Infamous (Sucker Punch Productions) developers used the lights in the controller to indicate your karma. The controller will start with white light, and based on your decisions; it will change colors. Good deeds will change blue. Bad deeds will start to fade to red. 

Far Cry 4

Color: Multiple

Far Cry does a great job of utilizing the color scheme in their game, based on your class. Here’s How: 

Assault: Red

Trapper: Green

Medic: Light Blue

Support: Yellow

Monsters: Yellow  


Color: Multiple

Fortnite allows up to 4 players to be on a team. When players enter the game, they are each assigned a color. Players can quickly communicate what color they are by looking next to their name or even looking at their controller.

This is also useful, as Fortnite has allowed split screen into their battle royale. Playing split-screen helps the players identify who’s who in the game.

How To Dim The PS4 Controller Light Bar

There are certain steps you must do to dim the light on the PlayStation 4 Controller. In order to do so, you must:

  1. Go to settings on the PlayStation Dashboard
  2. Devices
  3. Controllers
  4. Brightness of DUALSHOCK 4 Light Bar

From here, click on the option that applies and select either bright, medium, or dim. If you’re not using the light for anything, in particular, I would recommend choosing “dim” as it will save the battery life on your controller. 

How To Turn Off The PlayStation Controller Light Bar

Unfortunately, there is no way to turn it off, only dim it. However, if you’re feeling risky and want to take the controller apart, we did find this tutorial that could help.

If you’re interested in trying, Youtuber Matej Civan claims it works for him.


The light bar is an aesthetic that PlayStation has added to the controller to help players dictate positioning. The 4 colors allow players to find their player on-screen and play effectively quickly.

What’s your favorite thing about the lights on the PS4 controller? Do you have other cool hacks or tricks to share? Let us know in the comments! Follow @gethypedgamer for more video game content!