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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.

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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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