Sony releases a new challenger to Xbox’s Adaptive Controller


PlayStation has revealed its version of the Xbox Adaptive controller. Dubbed the Access controller, it is a versatile kit that caters to a variety of needs of players, especially those with disabilities. It’s designed to provide comfort and diversity allowing players of all types to game for longer. Through a long research cycle using the wealth of knowledge and feedback from the gaming community who have additional needs, the controller comes with a suite of swappable buttons and stick caps. This allows players to easily customize the button layout. For example, the stick caps can be moved to accommodate mobility range and select stick caps that have a texture or design that suits their needs. This is because the controller has an adjustable stick length that can be lowered or hired depending on comfort and ease. 

The controller was built knowing the demands of the accessibility community and how finding flat surfaces can be a challenge. As a result of this, it can be placed at any 360° orientation. So it doesn’t matter if it’s a different flat surface, a wheelchair tray, or attached to an AMPS pattern mount. You can be sure that this is going to work regardless of where you wanna put it. 

Connectivity is also at the heart of the Access controller. It has expandable inputs, which enable users to combine up to two Access controllers as a single virtual controller. Players can pair one or two Access controllers with a DualSense or DualSense Edge wireless controller to unlock extra features like haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, motion sensors, and touchpad swiping capabilities. There are options for additional control through its four 3.5mm expansion ports. This gives players the flexibility to be able to further customise their experience as they want to. 

Players can create up to 30 individual control profiles for the controller along with a suite of other features like macro controls and being able to set a “north” for their controllers. With dedicated buttons, players can quickly switch between three stored profiles on the controller, choosing the most suitable control layout and button functions for different in-game scenarios.

It’s great to see this coming from Team Blue in 2023 even if it is a long time coming. The Xbox Adaptive controller was released for Xbox and Windows in 2018 much to the delight of gamers. The Access controller can be preordered for $89.99 from PlayStation and should be released worldwide in December 2023. 

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