LIMITLESS ACCESSIBILITY accessibility controller for players with disabilities.
With the aim of making the PlayStation 5 an accessible platform to everyone, Sony unveiled the much-awaited adaptable controller codenamed Project Leonardo for gamers with limited motor control.
It is Sony’s first foray into accessible gaming equipment and has been developed with key contributions from accessibility experts, community members and game developers.
Project Leonardo is a highly customisable controller kit that works ‘out of the box’ to help players with disabilities play games more easily, comfortably and for longer periods.
Accessibility experts and charities such as AbleGamers, Special Effect and Stack Up, that are dedicated towards inclusion and support of gamers with disabilities, were consulted in the design process of this highly configurable controller. It works in tandem with many third-party accessibility accessories and integrates with the PS5 console to open up new ways of gaming.
Project Leonardo’s design choices address common challenges faced by many players with limited motor control, including difficulty holding a controller for long periods, accurately pressing small clusters of buttons or triggers or positioning thumbs and fingers optimally on a standard controller.
The controller includes a robust kit of swappable components, including a variety of analogue stick caps and buttons in different shapes and sizes. Players can use these components to craft a wide array of control layouts to suit their preference.
These components allow players to find a configuration that works best for their strength, range of motion and specific physical needs. ✤
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