The controller of a console is an essential element for the quality of the game. The Sony brand understands this well and pays particular attention to the performance of the latter. This is why the PS4 controller is designed to send light signals which reflect the state of its operation. Among the most common signals we find blue, white and orange. So when it starts flashing red, you might wonder where it's coming from and does this mean that the controller is having a problem. This is what we will see in this article by discovering Why is your PS4 controller flashing red et what to do when it causes malfunctions?
Why is my PS4 controller flashing red?
When the your PS4 controller flashes red, several factors can be at the origin. It may be a normal information about your use or controller malfunction. So, more precisely, what are these factors?
1 / The PS4 controller is programmed to flash red on some games.
3 / The PS4 console can be connected up to 4 controllers. Each controller will have an assigned color depending on the order in which users press the PS button. The main controller is connected in blue and the second in red.
2 / Some PS4 Day One consoles have their controller flashing red instead of blue.
4/ The controller is malfunctioning. Several malfunctions can be the cause:
- The controller is defective and no longer works properly due to an internal component problem.
- Alarm signal indicating that the controller may turn off at any time due to a bug.
- The controller is not recognized by the console or is no longer connected.
- The controller has run out of battery or is experiencing a battery problem.
In the first 3 cases, your controller does not require no particular intervention since this is due to its normal use. If you are in the 4th case and the controller has a problem, go to the troubleshooting steps below.
What to do when the PS4 controller flashes red?
If your DualShock controller flashes red but continues to operate normally, it does not require any manipulation on your part. We still recommend that you save your game data as soon as possible.
If you notice that your controller is flashing red and it is not connecting, that she bellows or does not work properly, then carry out checks and manipulations following steps to try to solve the problem.
Check that your controller is working
As a first step and if you have the possibility, test the functionality of your controller. To do this, try your controller on another PS4 or test another working controller on your PS4.
If the other controller works, it is very likely that your controller is faulty due to an internal broken component. If your controller connects to another PS4, in this case, it is very likely that there is a connectivity issue between your controller and your console. In both cases, perform the following operations to try to get it to work again.
Recharge the battery
Si PS4 controller light bar flashes red when charging, the problem may come from a battery fault. In this case, try to recharge the battery of your DUALSHOCK wireless controller as much as possible. If the controller does not charge or continues to flash even after a full charge, the problem may be:
- USB cable defective. In this case, you will need to buy a compatible USB cable.
- defective USB port. In this case, you will have to buy a functional controller.
- battery that is defective. In this case, you can try to replace the HS battery with a new one.
Reset and sync the PS4 controller
Resetting the controller removes minor bugs and malfunctions that may affect its functionality. For reset your PS4 controller flashing red, do the following:
- Turn off the PS4 and unplug it.
- Switch off and unplug the controller.
- Press the Reset button on the back of your controller near the L2 trigger using a small pointed object. Hold the button down for 5 seconds.
- Reconnect your PS4.
- Reconnect the controller to the console using a USB cable. Wait 3 minutes.
- Press the PS button.
If the controller lights up blue, the problem is resolved. If it flashes red, unfortunately it may be at the end of its life.
Contact customer service
Unfortunately if your PS4 controller continues to flash red and no longer works, the problem may come from a larger defect which will require the intervention of a professional. This could be due to overheating, a power problem, or a faulty internal component.
First check whether your controller is still under warranty. In this case, contact the reseller who will carry out the expertise then repair or replace your controller at no cost to you.
You can then program a repair or replacement request via PlayStation support. You can also contact the reseller on your PS4 controller for personalized information about your problem and their service conditions. Finally, you can also buy a PS4 controller, if yours is old and reaching the end of its life. Indeed, note that the price of the repair can be much more expensive than the purchase of another controller.