Sony has recently introduced a groundbreaking controller for the PlayStation 5, going beyond the traditional PS5 DualSense controller. Named the Access Controller, this new device is designed to enhance video game accessibility, making gaming more inclusive for players with disabilities.
A few years after Microsoft's release of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Sony's Japanese tech experts have responded with the Access Controller for PlayStation 5. Specifically tailored to meet the diverse needs of gamers, the Access Controller features a customizable analog stick that can be adjusted via a slider, and is designed with holes in the base to prevent accidental drops.
Sony introduces new access control device exclusive for PS5 users
In a bid to maximize personalization, the button caps on the controller can be swapped to suit individual needs. Sony's collaboration with AbleGamers, a nonprofit focused on gaming accessibility, played a crucial role in the development of this innovative controller. Unique to this product is its single joystick design, with Sony recommending that buyers consider purchasing two Access Controllers for optimal experience. Additionally, users have the option to connect the DualSense or a second joystick through one of the controller’s four expansion ports.
The Access Controller is now available for purchase in the US, Europe, and the UK, priced at 89.99 US Dollars, 89.99 Euros, and 79.99 Pounds, respectively. This launch is part of a broader industry trend towards greater accessibility in gaming. An example of this shift is seen in Forza Motorsport, which introduced audio prompts, enabling visually impaired gamers to play the game using voice commands.