Sony wants to make the world of video games more inclusive and accessible.
Present at the major CES tech fair in Las Vegas (United States), the Japanese company presented its “Leonardo project for PlayStation 5” on Thursday, reports
Behind this name hides a gamepad allowing players with disabilities to enjoy PS5 games.
To develop this accessory, the firm called on handicap specialists, players concerned and associations.
“Our team tested more than a dozen designs […] to find an approach to circumvent the major obstacles to optimal use of the controller,” said a designer.
Project Leonardo: Sony introduces an accessible PS5 controller to help people with disabilities play 🎮🕹️https://t.co/WobMS6tF5I pic.twitter.com/J6TNX9rOAv
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A modular controller
This controller looks nothing like a classic controller and is highly modular.
Players can thus adjust the playing conditions to their motor skills, in particular "the impossibility of holding a controller for a long time, of pressing keys precisely or of positioning the thumbs and fingers on a conventional controller", details Sony .
The controller can be hand-held or attached to a tripod or wheelchair.
Buttons can be programmed "for any supported function" and multiple buttons "can be assigned to the same function" to make it easier to use the controller, Sony says.
The Japanese giant was expected on this issue.
Its competitor Microsoft has already offered an adaptable controller and recently published the Xbox Accessibility Guidelines, a guide to help developers design games accessible to people with disabilities.
Future availability and pricing for this innovative controller has not been disclosed.
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