PlayStation unveils Project Leonardo, its affordable PS5 controllers

Video gamers with disabilities may find it difficult, if not impossible, to control a standard gamepad. Accurate keystrokes or triggers can be quite a challenge.

PlayStation already offers accessibility features in several of its video games, including The Last of Us and God of War: Ragnarök, as well as in the PS4 and PS5 console interfaces.

But the company has lagged behind in its offering of affordable gamepads, especially since its biggest competitor, Microsoft, released its Microsoft Adaptive Controller package in 2018.

The company is catching up with the Leonardo project, which aims to create breaking barriers for players with disabilities allowing them to play easier, more comfortable and longer.

Ultra customizable keys

Project Leonardo for PS5 is a blank canvas on which players can create their own gaming experience.says in one blog post.

Some of the notable features of the controller set are its ultra-customizable buttons, such as sticks and joystick caps, which come in a variety of sizes and can be programmed as needed. The distance between this button and the gamepad can also be adjusted.

These components allow players to find the configuration that suits their specific strength, motor skills and physical needs.clarify.

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The device can be used as a standalone gamepad or paired with the DualSense wireless controller that comes with the PS5 console, providing even more flexibility for gamers.

The controller set was developed in collaboration with accessibility experts including AbleGamers, SpecialEffect and Stack Up, members of the disability community and video game developers.

However, the Leonardo project is still under development. Therefore, Sony has not disclosed the release schedule for these inclusive gaming accessories.

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