The most useful PlayStation and Xbox accessibility options

Go to controllers and you can modify the behavior of the DualSense wireless controller in a number of ways. You can, for example, set custom button mappings, so that the left trigger becomes the right trigger, or whatever you need to make gaming easier. You can also swap the functionality of the left and right sticks on the controller, as well as adjust the hold delay, vibration intensity, and activation effect intensity. Check Accessories from Settings for more options.

You can remap the controller buttons to make them easier to use.

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Subtitle It’s where you turn on subtitles for videos – you get full control over the style of your subtitles, everything from font style to text size and opacity. When and where these subtitles will appear depends on the apps you’re using and whether the content you’re viewing supports subtitles, but these settings should be enough to enable subtitles where available.

Finally, chat transcript converts other players’ voice chat to text, so you can read what other players are saying instead of listening to it. Again, support for this depends on the particular game you’re playing. Plus, you can use a connected keyboard to type your own chats, which are then converted to audio for the people you’re playing with.

Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S

On the Xbox side, launch Settings from the Xbox home screen (it’s the gear icon in the upper-right corner), then choose Accessibility. On Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, there are nine different sections to work through, including night mode– This dims the screen at night to make it easier on the eyes, and you can enable it manually or on a set schedule.

Open Storyteller and you can have text, buttons, and other on-screen elements read to you; the associated options allow you to choose the speed, pitch, volume, and style of the voice. Note that Narrator works best if you have a keyboard attached. There’s also Transcription of games and chatswhich you can use to convert voice messages from other players to text, while your own typed messages are also converted to audio if necessary.


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