Sony’s access controller has a PS5 accessibility user interface and a virtual controller function

Sony’s Project Leonardo PS5 Accessibility Controller now has an official name: Access Controller. The customizable controller is designed for players with disabilities and includes interchangeable buttons and stick caps to adapt to many needs. Sony has also built an access controller UI into the PS5 console that provides control over button mapping and profiles, and a dedicated virtual controller option.

“On the PS5 console, players can select their preferred orientation for the Access controller, assign different inputs to the different buttons, enable or disable buttons, or even assign two different inputs to the same button,” explains Hideaki Nishinosenior VP of platform experience at Sony Interactive Entertainment.

The access controller has its own accessibility interface on the PS5.
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This customization includes profiles for different games and the ability to use up to two Access controllers and a single DualSense controller together as a virtual controller. This virtual controller helps mix and match devices or even allows you to play together with other people. Sony has also created a toggle mode that works like a keyboard’s caps lock key to enable or disable a button without players having to hold it down.

While Sony announced the name of the access controller and some additional details today (as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day), we’re still awaiting information on pricing and release dates. “We’ll be sharing more about the Access controller for PS5 in the coming months, including more product and release details,” said Nishino.