Saturday 21 January 2017

PlayStation employee mods controller for player with cerebral palsy

Mark O'Beirne

Published 04/04/2016 | 11:23


A PlayStation controller modded a DualShock 4 controller for a player with cerebral palsy so that they could enjoy their games fully.

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Sony's Alex Nawabi, who works on the research and development team for PlayStation, took it upon himself to mod a DualShock 4 controller so that a gamer with cerebral palsy could fully enjoy his PlayStation 4 games.

PlayStation 4 owner Peter Byrne contacted Sony because his left hand would rest upon the DualShock 4’s touchpad, causing games to pause or unwanted menus to pop up. The following day, Nawabi responded saying that he would look at the matter personally.

He worked on the project for around 10 hours, creating a controller without a functioning touch screen and with a new pause button at the bottom.

Byrne said, "Inside was the letter and this controller that is now modified especially for me. He said that it's the first time he's ever done something like this. He did more than I ever expected."

This gives a whole new meaning to the mantra, “For the players.”

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