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For Years, Sony Has Been Developing an Accessibility Controller for the PS5

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The Last of Us: Part 2, Horizon Forbidden West, and God of War Ragnarok are just a few examples of Sony’s first-party games that have won honors for their accessibility. It has become a defining characteristic of PS Studios, and with each new game, the company’s goals are raised. More and more people are now able to play its games as a result.

But in terms of hardware, the platform holder has lagged behind. While the PS5 includes a number of accessibility capabilities at the operating system level, such as the ability to remap buttons and zoom in on the screen, the DualSense hardware can be problematic for people with physical limitations. For some people, simply holding the pad can be difficult.

Project Leonardo, the company’s new accessibility controller, fills that need, and according to CEO Jim Ryan, it’s an add-on that has been in the works for a long. With the intention of creating something truly unique and accommodating to a variety of gamers with various physical limitations, we have been working on Project Leonardo for years, he told Wired. “Really, it’s a toolkit for you to tailor your playing experience as you like.”

Sony markets the product as a hardware kit that can be totally customized, not just a controller. Its split shape, which enables the user to arrange it as they need, is one of its primary characteristics. The split controller, according to designer So Morimoto, “we finally agreed on a split controller design that permits near freeform left/right thumbstick movement, can be used without needing to be held, and has very flexible button and stick cap shifting.” There is no one “correct” form factor because players can customize it to suit their needs. We want to provide people the ability to design their own setups.

We’re striving toward a future where gamers of all abilities can enjoy gaming, said Ryan, summarizing Sony’s goals. Our PS Studios and product development teams are deeply committed to make that a reality, whether through in-game accessibility options, platform UI enhancements, or new products like Project Leonardo. Our desire is for the gaming sector to become even more inclusive, and we are honored to be a part of this process.

 

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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