Sony’s modular PlayStation controller makes gaming more accessible

The problem: Modern video game controllers are designed for the masses, so people with certain physical disabilities and mobility issues can’t use them. And because no one’s accessibility needs are exactly the same, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all way to make consoles accessible to them.

The solution: Sony’s Access controller for the PlayStation 5 is a circular, modular device that allows players to arrange and remap the buttons and joysticks of varying shapes and heights, letting them pick a configuration that works for them. Other companies have created accessible controllers that are a sort of “hub” for third-party buttons and switches, but the Adapt has what a player needs right out of the box.

It’s not perfect, though. As one reviewer pointed out, the controller has half as many buttons as a typical PlayStation controller, and only one analog stick, meaning players will have to buy a second Access if they want to play games with more complicated controls.