PS4 Controller Lights – What Each Color Means

By Alex Mercer

December 12, 2018

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

The PS4 controller lights indicate 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.

PS4 games have started to utilize different colors, 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 PS4 games use it to their advantage.

PS4 Controller Light Colors Meaning

PlayStation 4 has put a light bar on the controller to help indicate which player is who.

Before, players would often connect four controllers and not tell who was connected and what player on the screen was directed to which controller.

PS4 Wireless controllers don’t have a cord, so players need a light or indicator to determine the difference.

PlayStation added indicator lights to enhance your playing experience on and off the screen.

These indicator lights can help if your volume is turned down (if your parents or your kids are sleeping) and you can’t hear essential sounds in the game. 

Player Indicator Light

Light bar on a PS4 controller

Also, if you’re playing a multiplayer game, a different color will be assigned to each player wireless controller. The standard color is the blue light on the PS4 controller.

For instance, if you’re playing NHL or any other party game with four controllers involved, as soon as the game starts, you want to know 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 to their profile:

Blue Light Bar: Player 1

Red Light Bar: Player 2

Green Light Bar: Player 3

Pink Light Bar: Player 4

The PS4 controller light bar helps players quickly dictate who is who in multiplayer games, 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 controller light bar that you may not know about is that game developers can alter the lights based on what’s happening in the game.

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

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

Tomb Raider

Color: Red light & Orange Light

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


Color: Multiple

Like 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 Light & Blue Light

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 then flash blue repetitively!

And I thought red, white, and blue was the color of freedom!

Kill Zone

Color: Green Light & Red Light

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 your character’s power.

This can be annoying if you play in a dark room, as frequent changes may distract you. 


Color: Blue Light or Red Light

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 Light

Trapper: Green Light

Medic: Light Blue Light

Support: Yellow Light

Monsters: Yellow Light


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 their color by looking next to their name or 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 Lights

You must do specific steps to dim the light on the PlayStation 4 Controller. To do so, you must:

  1. Go to settings on the PlayStation Dashboard (push the ps button)
  2. Select Devices
  3. Select The Controllers Option
  4. Adjust The Brightness of the 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 Lights

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 in certain games.

The four colors allow players to quickly find their players on-screen and play effectively. The light bar turns different colors based on how many players are connected to the PlayStation 4.

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