Project Leonardo Is Sony’s New PS5 Accessibility-First Controller
Sony has used the ongoing CES 2023 event to announce a new PS5 controller, but it’s unlike any you’ve seen before. Project Leonardo is a customizable accessibility controller kit that’s designed to help people play more games.
Sony announced the new controller via a PlayStation Blog post, saying that the controller was developed in collaboration with gamers, developers, and accessibility experts.
Through conversations with accessibility experts and incredible organizations like AbleGamers, SpecialEffect and Stack Up, we’ve designed a highly configurable controller that works in tandem with many third-party accessibility accessories and integrates with the PS5 console to open up new ways of gaming. It is built to address common challenges faced by many players with limited motor control, including difficulty holding a controller for long periods, accurately pressing small clusters of buttons or triggers, or positioning thumbs and fingers optimally on a standard controller.
Project Leonardo will offer customizable hardware and software to give people as much control over their gaming experience as possible. That’ll include the ability to swap out analog stick caps and buttons with different shapes and sizes, while multiple user profiles will also be available.
The new accessibility controller can be used as a pair alongside an existing DualSense controller, offering even more flexibility. When used together, they’ll all appear as a single virtual controller to the PS5 and its games..
Sony isn’t saying when the new controller will be available or how much it will cost, but it’s always great to see accessibility initiatives like this get off the ground.