Sony has today announced its PS5 Access Controller will release on 6th December 2023 at a price of $89.99 / £79.99 / €89.99. Pre-orders will be taken from Friday, 21st July 2023 on the official PlayStation Direct website and participating retailers. Check out the new trailer above to see what the PS5 Access Controller has to offer for disabled gamers.
In a PlayStation Blog post, Sony explains how it's been planning for such a controller over the past five years, and has been working with organizations like Able Gamers, Stack Up, and Special Effect to make it a reality. "We truly believe gaming should be accessible to everyone, and the Access controller is our latest step toward living up to that promise."
Sony has provided a full breakdown of what you'll get if you buy the PS5 Access Controller:
|Access Controller for PS5||Dimensions (w/h/d): Approx. 141 x 39 x 191 mmWeight: Approx. 322 grams (0.7 lbs.)|
|(4) expansion ports||3.5mm industry-standard AUX ports for players to connect additional buttons, specialty trigger switches and other compatible accessories|
|(19) button caps||wide flat button cap(covers two button sockets)(2) overhang button caps(benefits players with smaller hands as they are positioned closer to the center)(4) curve button caps(can be pushed if placed along the top or pulled if placed along the bottom of the controller)(8) pillow button caps(4) flat button caps|
|(3) stick caps||ball stick capstandard stick capdome stick cap|
|(23) button cap tags||Swappable button cap tags for players to easily mark which inputs they map to each button|
|USB cable||1.5m USB Type-C to Type-C cable (Hi-Speed USB)|
|Quick start guide and safety guide||Instructions for setting up the controller, UI settings and button configurations on PS5|
Here's a visual representation of all those components:
From 10am local time on Friday, 21st July 2023, pre-orders will open across the USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Portugal. "Thank you to the wonderful organizations, accessibility experts and PlayStation Studios teams who’ve been on this journey with us," vice president of hardware and peripherals, Isabelle Tomatis, said.
The PS5 Access Controller's price lines up similarly with other accessibility controllers on the market, such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller at £74.99 / $99.99.
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