In January 2023, Sony announced a controller for its PlayStation 5 console, designed specifically for gamers with disabilities. Originally known as “Project Leonardo”, the device received the official name “Access controller” in May. Today, the PlayStation Access controller is finally available for purchase, at the price of 89.99 euros. The controller, the result of a collaboration with groups of disabled gamers such as AbleGamers, Stack-Up and SpecialEffect, stands out for its circular design. It is equipped with different types of key covers and three head covers for the joysticks, interchangeable according to the specific needs of the user. Plus, it’s designed to sit on a flat surface, making it easy to use. Controller customization is further expanded with the included software for PS5. Sony explains that you can configure up to 30 different control profiles from the PS5 console settings, store three profiles on the Access controller and quickly switch between them thanks to a dedicated button. This allows you to use the most suitable control layout and button functions depending on what is happening in the game. The Access Controller’s packaging was also designed with accessibility in mind. Sony says the packaging, which features handy loops that can be pulled from the left or right side, opens to reveal internal rings positioned to easily slide the controller out, and various compartments to organize the interchangeable keycaps and headcaps. Sony has also included four 3.5mm ports on the Access controller, useful for connecting other accessories and peripherals.
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