This Observed Life – PS4, Button Visibility


One big experience that my roommates and I have gone through includes my PS4 and how its buttons are designed. On the front, there are two buttons that are activated through touch. One button is for power and the other is to eject the current disc in the PS4. The problem is, the logos for power and eject are not visible or in any way distinguishable unless you get extremely close to them. We always accidentally eject when we want to power off and vice versa.





Very hard to see buttons


Design Process



  • playing a PS4 game
  • turning the console on and off
  • putting the console into rest mode



  • living rooms and bedrooms across the country
  • anywhere a PS4 is used to play games



  • competing against online players
  • competing against players next to you
  • watching video streaming applications
  • play solo games



  • 1+ players
  • PS4
  • The controllers



  • The players who use the PS4
  • Anyone who uses the PS4 and needs to turn it off/eject a disc


Proposed Intervention

The PS4 already has one big light on it that is lit up when it is on but the two buttons for power and eject are not. My proposed intervention is simple. It would just involve extending the light downwards to include the 2 buttons when lighting up. If the two buttons were lit up, a user would be able to distinguish which button is which and would avoid pressing the wrong one.



The main challenge of designing for yourself is bias. You don’t take into account others experiences as much as your own. When coming up with the idea for an intervention I thought to myself what would make it easier for me. It wasn’t until this part of the assignment where I thought, what would make it easier for everyone else. Some might have wanted to use physical raised representations for the buttons instead of the lights. Others could have better ideas than just lights.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: