While accessibility is an important topic year-round, May is always special as we celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day and celebrate the successes of the accessibility community and gaming industry to make games more inclusive. At Sony Interactive Entertainment, we’re committed to advancing that mission, so today we’re excited to share new details and images of the Access Controller for the PS5 console.

Image showing the access controller and its interchangeable analog stick caps, button caps, and button cap tags

New product details and images

First introduced at CES this year as “Leonardo project“The PS5 Access Controller is a brand new set of customizable accessibility controllers to help many gamers with disabilities play games more easily, comfortably and for longer.

Designed in collaboration with accessibility experts, the access controller will feature a wide range of interchangeable buttons and grip caps to allow players the freedom to create different layouts to suit their unique strength, range of motion and physical needs. Each access controller will include:

  • Analog caps (standard, dome and ball)
  • Button caps of various shapes and sizes, including:
    • Pillow caps
    • Flat caps with buttons
    • Wide flat button cover (which covers the two button slots)
    • Overhanging button caps (benefiting players with smaller hands as they are closer to the center)
    • Curved button covers (which can be pushed if placed at the top or pulled if placed along the bottom of the controller)
  • Button cover tags that can be changed so players can easily indicate which inputs they are displaying for each button

Additionally, players can use the Access controller on flat surfaces, orient it 360 degrees, or easily mount the controller on an AMPS* mount or tripod. They can also adjust the distance of the analog stick from the controller.

An image showing the 360-degree orientation options for an access controller

Image showing the ability to attach an access controller to an AMPS mount*

An image showing the option to adjust the distance to the analog stick of the access controller

Through the access controller’s four 3.5mm AUX ports, players can integrate their own dedicated switches, buttons or analog sticks.

Image showing the four AUX ports of a 3.5m access controller

You can read more about the hardware features of the access controller in our original blog post. You can also visit our new web page here where you can sign up for email updates and receive pre-order launch information so you can secure your controller as soon as possible.

The Access Controller and DualSense Controller can be combined and used together as a single virtual controller

First, look at the access controller interface

In addition to a wide range of hardware customization options, the access controller offers many ways for players to create personalized settings and user interface configurations that open up new ways to play.

Button Mapping and Control Profiles. On the PS5 console, players can choose their preferred access controller orientation, map different inputs to different buttons, enable or disable buttons, or even map two different inputs to a single button. They can also create and save their favorite control profiles for different games or genres (such as “fighting” or “driving”).

An image of the access controller user interface showing the orientation options of the controller

Image of the access controller user interface showing button mapping options

An image of the access controller user interface showing button assignment options

Image of the access controller user interface showing a preview of button assignments

Connecting the controller and setting up the analog stick. Up to two Access Controllers and one DualSense Wireless Controller (or DualSense Edge) can be used together as a single virtual controller, allowing players to mix and match devices or play with others. Similar to the DualSense Edge wireless controller, players can also fine-tune the starting position and input sensitivity. The ability to adjust dead zones (the distance your analog stick moves before it is recognized by the game) and stick sensitivity is especially useful for players to improve their fine motor control while playing.

Image of the access controller user interface showing the ability to combine two access controllers with a DualSense controller

Access controller user interface image showing analog stick sensitivity and deadband setting options in a user-created control profile

Switching mode. The access controller also has a toggle mode that allows players to adjust the behavior of any button to act as the Caps Lock key on the keyboard. For example, if you enable shift mode to input acceleration in a racing game, the access controller will accelerate the car without having to hold down the button.

Screenshot of PS5 Gran Turismo 7 showing toggle mode enabled for the 'R2' button on the access controller

Players can enable toggle mode for any programmable input. For example, if the game only allows you to sprint by holding down “L3” (left analog stick), which can be physically difficult, you can change this input to act as “click L3 to toggle sprint” by enabling toggle mode. for the button you assigned to L3.

Our journey to availability on PS5

In addition to new details about the Access Controller, we’re excited to share a video today that highlights the ongoing efforts of our product development teams and PlayStation Studios to make games accessible to more players on PS5. Hear from team members around the world about the work they’re doing to make gaming more accessible on PS5 with our upcoming access controller, console UI and games:

First look at the new images and UI of the PS5 Access Controller, a brand new set of Accessibility Controllers

We’ll have more information on the PS5 Access Controller in the coming months, including more product and release details. Thank you to all players who have shared valuable feedback and inspire us every day to bring the joy of gaming to more people through innovation and collaboration with you, our community.

*AMPS is a standard model of mounting screws for attaching devices to equipment, including accessibility equipment.