At CES 2023, Sony presented Project Leonardoa new controller per PS5 which allows those with physical limitations to play their favorite video games. You will be able to connect multiple devices to have access to more commands and customize your approach.
Through the PS Blog it is explained that Project Leonardo can be used as a standalone controller or paired with other Project Leonardo or DualSense wireless controllers. Up to two Project Leonardo controllers and a DualSense wireless controller can be used together as a single virtual controller, allowing players to mix and match devices to suit their particular gaming needs or to play collaboratively with others.
Sony writes: “Accessibility is an important topic for us at PlayStation and we want to continue to raise the bar for all gamers to experience the pleasure of gaming. Whether it’s the robust accessibility options in PlayStation Studios games, such as Sony Santa Monica’s God of War Ragnarök or Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part I, whether it’s the wide range of UI features on our PS4 and PS5 consoles, we care about reducing the barriers to play for every player.”
“Today at CES, we announced the next step in our journey to make gaming more accessible: Project Leonardo for PlayStation 5. Developed with input from accessibility experts, community members and game developers, Project Leonardo is the name in code of a new controller kit highly customizable that works “out of the box” to help many gamers with disabilities play easier, more comfortably, and longer.”
“Through conversations with accessibility experts and amazing organizations like AbleGamers, SpecialEffect e 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 to play. It was built to address common challenges faced by many gamers with limited motor control, including difficulty holding a controller for long periods, accurately pressing small groups of buttons or triggers, or optimally positioning the thumbs and fingers on a standard controller.”
“Project Leonardo for PS5 is a canvas for players to create their own gaming experience. Includes a robust kit of interchangeable componentsincluding a variety of analog stick and button caps in different shapes and sizes.”
“Players can use these components to create a wide range of control layouts. Furthermore, the distance of the analog stick from the game pad can be adjusted according to the player’s preference. These components allow players to find a configuration that suits their strength, range of motion, and their particular physical needs.”
“On the PS5 console, players have a number of options available to customize their Project Leonardo gaming experience. Controller buttons can be programmed for any supported function, and multiple buttons can be mapped to the same function. can map two functions (such as “R2” + “L2″) to the same button. Players can store programmed button settings as control profiles and easily switch between them by pressing the profile button. Up to three control profiles and access them anytime from the PS5 console.”