The PlayStation Project Leonardo will be compatible with the PS5
Recently showcased during their CES 2023 presentation, Sony is currently under development for their new PlayStation Project Leonardo video game accessibility controller kit. The new controller allows gamers with disabilities to enjoy their entertainment with comfort and ease.
The PlayStation Project Leonardo includes a wide circular gamepad with interchangeable face and trigger buttons, as well as a joystick that can be moved in relation to the gamepad. This accessibility controller kit also has four 3.5mm aux jacks to plug in third-party accessibility accessories, similar to Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller, and will include other accessories in a variety of sizes and shapes to help “players to find a configuration that works for their strength, range of motion, and particular physical needs.”
The DualSense wireless controller that comes with the PS5 can be used alone, in tandem, or in conjunction with Leonardo to meet a variety of accessibility requirements. The software options for Leonardo are just as customizable as its physical features. For instance, players can button map three alternative configurations to different buttons and save them as profiles. Below are details on how the mapping and profiles will work on the PlayStation Project Leonardo.
- The controller’s buttons can be programmed to any supported function and multiple buttons can be mapped to the same function. Conversely, players can map two functions (like “R2” + “L2”) onto the same button.
- Players can store their programmed button settings as control profiles and easily switch between them by pressing the profile button.
- Up to three control profiles can be stored and accessed by the player from their PS5 console at any time.
Players can move the analog sticks close or far apart, and can set the controller down on a table or a wheelchair tray since it lies flat and doesn’t need to be held. It can be rotated 360 degrees for the most comfortable use and secured to tripods or AMPS mounts.
Since it’s still in development, the PlayStation Project Leonardo doesn’t have a price or release date, but we expect it to launch this holiday season.