Sony has revealed that PlayStation 5 has managed to sell over 30 million units in approximately two years. The company also made the debut of Project Leonardo, a highly customizable accessibility controller kit for the PlayStation 5.
The Japanese tech giant said that the Project Leonardo controller kit “is designed to remove barriers to gaming and help players with disabilities play more easily, more comfortably and for longer periods on PS5.” The new controller is still in development, as Sony stated it will support standalone use and pairing with other wireless controllers.
PlayStation 5 console sales hit their peak in December 2022, according to Sony. PlayStation shared the news on its official Twitter page, thanking the community of players and assuring that 2023 will be a great year for the fans.
So Morimoto, Designer at Sony Interactive Entertainment, commented on the controller in development:
“Project Leonardo is part of the PS5 product family and is based on the same design concept. We were inspired by the idea of all players enjoying the world of PlayStation together. Our team tested over a dozen designs with accessibility experts, looking for approaches that would help address key challenges to effective controller use.
“We finally settled on a ‘split controller’ design that allows near free-form left/right thumbstick repositionability, can be used without needing to be held, and features very flexible button and stick cap swapping.”
The company has been working hard on accessibility issues in gaming and included a wide range of accessibility options in games such as God of War and The Last of Us. Project Leonardo is the natural next step for Sony in the pursuit of eliminating any and all obstacles for gamers.