Gaming is a great way to relieve stress and have fun, but it can sometimes pose accessibility challenges for people with disabilities. Fortunately, both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S offer a range of accessibility options that make gaming more inclusive and enjoyable for everyone. Here’s a closer look at some of these features and how you can use them.
The PlayStation 5 offers several accessibility options that can be accessed through the Settings menu. One of the most important settings is the ability to remap controller buttons, which can be especially helpful for people with mobility impairments or limited dexterity. To access this setting, go to Controllers and select Custom button assignments. From here, you can assign different functions to various controller buttons. For example, you might swap the left trigger with the right trigger or customize the left and right sticks.
Another useful accessibility option is Closed Captions, which allows you to turn on captions for videos. This setting lets you fully customize the style of your captions, including the font style, size, and opacity. While the availability of closed captions will depend on the content and apps you’re using, this setting can help ensure that you have access to them whenever they’re available.
You can also adjust the vibration intensity and trigger effect intensity of the DualSense wireless controller. This can be especially helpful for people with sensory sensitivities who may find that the controller’s default settings are too intense. To adjust these settings, go to Controllers and select Vibration Intensity or Trigger Effect Intensity.
Lastly, Chat Transcription can be a useful option for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. This setting converts other players’ voice chat into text so that you can read what they’re saying. You can also use a connected keyboard to type out your own chats, which are then converted to audio for the people you’re playing with.
Xbox Series X/S
The Xbox Series X/S also offers a range of accessibility options that can be accessed through the Settings menu. One important setting is Night mode, which dims the screen at night to make it easier on your eyes. You can enable this setting manually or on a set schedule.
Another useful setting is Narrator, which reads out text, buttons, and other onscreen items. This can be especially helpful for people with visual impairments or cognitive disabilities. The associated options let you choose a voice speed, pitch, volume, and style. Note that Narrator works best if you’ve got a keyboard connected.
Like the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X/S also offers Game and chat transcription, which allows you to have voice messages from other players turned into text. This setting can also convert your own typed messages into audio if needed.
Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are committed to making sure that gaming is accessible and inclusive for everyone. By using these accessibility options, you can customize your gaming experience to suit your needs and preferences. Whether you’re remapping controller buttons, using closed captions, or taking advantage of the Narrator or Chat Transcription features, these options can help you enjoy your favorite games even more.