Sony has revealed some more information about accessibility options that will be available on the PS5. These include modifying the DualSense controller’s functionality and changing the display, plus features that help players interact with the console itself.
What accessibility features will the PS5 have?
This news comes via the official Sony Interactive Entertainment blog. In a post titled “Empowering All Abilities of Gamers”, Sony declares its “passion to work towards improving accessibility”. To this end, Sony has included a voice dictation feature, which will allow players to input text without using the virtual keyboard. You’ll also find a Screen Reader feature, which provides vision- and hearing-impaired users with options to hear and see on-screen text. Hearing-impaired users can also take advantage of audio enhancements to help them with spatial awareness through sound.
In addition to these features, the PS5 will support accessibility settings regarding button assignments and closed captions. If you’re a PS4 player, you’re probably already familiar with these options; they’ll carry over to Sony’s new console. The PS5 will additionally support display color correction, allowing you to adjust color values. Some games will feature color correction presets which will allow you to customize settings in advance.
How will the DualSense controller support accessibility options?
According to Sony, the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive trigger features can be adjusted for maximum comfort. You can reduce or entirely disable the force of both the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers on the controller, making for a less intense experience if you’re struggling. Sony says this hardware functionality “provides the foundation necessary” to allow gamers of all abilities to enjoy the PlayStation experience.
If you want to read more about the work Sony is doing in regards to accessibility, you can check out its recent blog post about Naughty Dog’s accessibility work on The Last of Us Part II. You can also take a look at Dreams developer Media Molecule’s One Button Game Jam, which invited gamers of all abilities and walks of life to create games that can be played using just one button.
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