In addition to the announcement PlayStation 5 has sold over 30 million units worldwide since the game console launched in 2020. Sony also revealed Project Leonardo, an accessible game controller for players with disabilities.
The PS5 controller isn’t on Sony’s CES 2023 booth, but the company has plenty of high-res images of the circular controller, showing off its modular design that can be configured for different players.
A game for more people — Similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller released in 2018, Project Leonardo is designed to make games more accessible for those who cannot or have trouble using traditional gamepads such as the DualSense or DualSense Edge. controller.
From the PlayStation Blog:
Project Leonardo is the codename for a new highly customizable controller kit developed with key contributions from accessibility experts, community members, and game developers. longer period.
Modular design – Project Leonardo controllers for “players with limited motor control, such as holding the controller for long periods of time, accurately pressing small clusters of buttons or triggers, or optimal thumb and finger placement.” Sony has modularized everything to make it easier to use for a wide range of challenges. Almost all buttons and joysticks are broken down so players can customize them to their needs.
Buttons can also be remapped. Controller profiles (up to 3 stored on the PS5) are available, allowing users to easily change for different users and games. Per Sony again:
The controller buttons can be programmed to any supported function and multiple buttons can be mapped to the same function. Conversely, the player can assign two of her functions (such as “R2” + “L2”) to the same button.
The controller basically has no “correct” orientation and can be mounted on a tripod. Additionally, there are his four AUX ports for expansion, which “support a variety of external switches and third-party accessibility accessories,” allowing users to “integrate specialized switches, buttons, or analog sticks.”
Even more impressive is the configuration of the controller. Sony said that Project Leonardo can be used standalone, paired with DualSense, paired with another Project Leonardo, or two Leonardos paired with his DualSense, as shown in the image below. I’m here.
No price or release date yet — That’s the only bit we don’t know. “Project Leonardo is currently in development and we continue to collect valuable feedback from the community,” says Sony. Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller is priced at $99.99. However, modular designs can drive up costs with each launch. Configuration and utility are one thing, but if price is also hard to reach, it’s also a disservice to the community.
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