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Inside Sony’s Journey Of Building Accessibility Into Every Part Of Its Access Controller For PlayStation 5

Steven Aquino
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Steven covers accessibility and assistive technologies.


Oct 12, 2023,01:21pm EDT|

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One of the highlights of the Access Controller is its accessible packaging.


Initially unveiled back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony commemorated Global Accessibility Awareness Day in mid-May by announcing a “first look” at the Access Controller for the PlayStation 5. The peripheral, the analogue to Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller, was described by Sony’s senior vice president of platform experience, Hideaki Nishino, in a blog post as “an all-new, highly-customizable accessibility controller kit designed to help many players with disabilities play games more easily, more comfortably, and for longer periods.” The company also noted the Access Controller was developed in collaboration with a variety of “accessibility experts.”

The Access Controller was known internally as “Project Leonardo.”

In July, Sony announced pre-orders and a ship date for the Access Controller. It’s priced at $89.99 and will start shipping on [...]

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