Kind of a dumb question but I've been wondering about this for a while, what determines the color of the bar on PS4 remotes, what do they mean? Just curious.


Depending on the game, the colors and their meanings can vary greatly.

By default, this is what they mean:

  • Orange: charging
  • White: turned on, not yet assigned to a player
  • Blue: assigned to Player 1
  • Red: assigned to Player 2
  • Green: assigned to Player 3 *
  • Purple: assigned to Player 4 *

*: According to this image I found on Amazon:

DS4 colors

Since I only own 2 DS4, I can only confirm that the colors for Players 1 and 2 are accurate. With the PS4 supporting only up to 4 controllers, all player colors are accounted for.

  • Some games also change the color of the bar. – stelar7 Dec 30 '18 at 21:20
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    @stelar7. I believe I covered that with my first sentence, which literally starts with "Depending on the game". – Nolonar Dec 30 '18 at 21:23
  • It’s interesting how they bucked the trend of using yellow for the fourth player. It probably looked too similar to the charging colour. – Jan Hasebos Dec 30 '18 at 22:32
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    @JanHasebos I'd imagine it's to match the DualShock face button colors. – Maciej Stachowski Dec 30 '18 at 23:16
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    @JanHasebos while charging the color isn't static, see here: "The PS4 controller will slowly flash a steady color (most often yellow or orange) of about 1–1.5 pulses every second while charging". – Shadow Wizard Dec 31 '18 at 9:41

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