Sony has teamed up with accessibility experts to produce a PlayStation 5 controller for disabled gamers.
The highly customizable kit, ‘project Leonardo’, is made up of different buttons, triggers and sticks that lets players create a set-up that suits their needs.
According to a Sony official, the project is to help gamers play more easily, comfortably for longer a longer time.
“We feel the breadth of hardware and software customization options in Project Leonardo is unique and stands out from any other accessibility controller on the market today,” the official said.
“Project Leonardo is a true passion project for our team. We’ve drawn on 28 years of design expertise at PlayStation to create a controller kit that we hope many players with disabilities will find useful.”
SpecialEffect founder and chief executive Mick Donegan said he was “really excited to see the impact of the controller on helping to make access to gaming available to many more people”.
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“Sony’s controller was a big part of what it means to create accessibility”. “I’m so thankful to be a part of it,”
“It’s life-changing, not just for me but for so many people in the world.” said Cesar Flores, who has consulted on Project Leonardo.
Several charities helped, including US-based AbleGamers and UK-based SpecialEffect.
The charity has previously championed Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller, which officially works with PC or Xbox only but can be used on rival consoles with a third-party adapter.
Other manufacturers, such as Hori, have also developed accessible controllers.
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