Sony has been pushing the boundary for accessibility in its recent games, including a bunch of customizable options in God of War Ragnarök and The Last of Us Part I and 2 so players with disabilities can enjoy the games. While Sony’s work has been on the software side, the company has now announced Project Leonardo, a “highly customizable” controller kit for players with disabilities.
Sony shared the news of Leonardo during its CES 2023 presentation and shared how the controller works in a PlayStation blog post. Project Leonardo, the codename for the controller kit, was developed with key contributions from accessibility experts, including organizations like AbleGamers, SpecialEffect, and Stack Up.
Sony shared that Leonardo is “built to address common challenges faced by many players with limited motor control, including difficulty holding a controller for long periods, accurately pressing small clusters of buttons or triggers, or positioning thumbs and fingers optimally on a standard controller.”
Project Leonardo comes with a bunch of swappable components players can use to create a wide array of layouts, and it comes with different options of analogue stick caps and buttons in various shapes and sizes. All components can be adjusted together, so players find the best combination that works for them. Like on the DualSense Edge controller, Leonardo’s buttons can be remapped, while players can also store and switch between different profile configurations. Three profiles can be saved and accessed from the PS5 console with Leonardo.
Project Leonardo can be used alone, paired with another Leonardo and the DualSense controller. This gives a lot of collaborative options, including being assisted by another player to control the main player’s game character. All these combinations can be dynamically switched on and off at any time.
“Project Leonardo is expandable through four 3.5mm AUX ports to support a variety of external switches and third-party accessibility accessories,” Sony wrote in its blog post. “This enables users to integrate specialty switches, buttons or analogue sticks with the Project Leonardo controller.”
Project Leonardo is still in development, and Sony has not announced a pricing or release date.