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Sony details PS5 accessibility features

New console launches with additional options for visually and hearing impaired players, options to turn off haptic feedback

Sony has detailed a number of accessibility features built-in to the PlayStation 5 when it launches next month.

In a blog post, Sony said that the PS5 will include the accessibility features already available on the PS4 including text to speech, closed captioning, inverting colors, and custom button assignments.

It also adds a number of new features, including a voice dictation feature to allow users to input text without using the virtual keyboard, as well as a screen reader to assist visually impaired users and extra text-to-speech options that will take typed text messages and speak them aloud to party members to assist deaf or hard of hearing users.

All of the above features will support US English, UK English, Japanese, German, Italian, France French, Canadian French, Spain Spanish, and Latin American Spanish at launch.

The PS5 will also support color correction adjustment, and certain supported games will allow users to customize common settings in advance of starting the game itself.

Finally, Sony said that the PS5 will allow players to reduce or disable haptic feedback and adaptive triggers on the DualSense controller, and will include improved audio enhancements for better spatial awareness.

The PlayStation 5 launches on November 12.

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