On May 18, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, PlayStation revealed more details of the Access Controller for the PS5.
This was previously known as Project Leonardo, the customisable controller kit designed to allow disabled players or players with limited motor capabilities to play easily and more comfortably.
Each Access Controller comes with an array of button caps, analog stick caps, and swappable button cap tags. The Access Controller can be oriented 360 degrees (any part can be the top, bottom, etc.) and supports AMPS mount or tripod. Plus, there are four 3.5mm AUX ports to attach other supported switches, buttons or analog sticks. The controller can be placed on flat surfaces.
The PlayStation Blog also has shown, for the first time, the UI of configuring the Access Controller on a PS5. Players can create different profiles. The profile stores the controller orientation (where the stick base is placed), button mapping (eight surrounding the base, the click of the analog stick base, and four buttons attached via the AUX ports) and stick sensitivity (including deadzone).
You can hook up two Access Controllers to operate as one controller, or even have a DualSense controller to pair with the Access Controllers.
There is still no release date or price for the PS5 Access Controller. But it’s cool and heartwarming to see such efforts to make gaming accessible to everyone.