If you've been watching the evolution of gaming over the years, a lot of consoles have moved away from being controller-friendly for physically disabled gamers. Over the years, the only company who seemed to take into deep consideration the ability to play games with ease for those with physical disabilities, is Nintendo. They may get a lot of flack for not being more anti-consumer, but you at least have to give Nintendo props for at least being forward-thinking enough to consider their products being used by a wide multitude of different gamers.
Well, a certain hardware modder going by the name of Ben Heck (you remember him, right?) has gone out of his way to build custom controllers for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, making them viable for those with physically debilitating ailments, or rather, gamers who are only capable of playing with one hand.
The two videos come courtesy of Newark's Element 14, where Ben Heck walks through making a custom-built, one-handed controller for the PlayStation 4, which you can view below...
...And a custom-built, one-handed controller for the Xbox One, which you can also view below.
Now there's good and bad news about the one-handed controllers that Ben Heck designed: The good news is that the controllers went to some gamers in need at the Able Gamer's Foundation, which is a charity aimed at helping those with physical disabilities enjoy video games in a more accessible way.
This issue has arisen since seventh gen in a much larger way than before given the fact that the controllers have certainly become dependent on individuals who can make use of both their hands.
Just recently, the D.A.G.E.R. System has been making good on testing the latest gaming devices and games, ranking them on whether or not they're useable for those with motor skill dysfunctionality or physical impairments that might impede a gamer's ability to play a game or utilize a peripheral. Unsurprisingly enough, the Wii U came out on top in striking fashion, but the PS4 also received fair praise and was labeled as being a more accessible gaming device than its predecessor, the PS3.
It's nice to see that this eighth generation of gaming has taken some wider steps toward becoming more accessible for gamers with physically impairing ailments or motor skill disabilities. It still appears as if there's a ways to go before that goal is met.
Nevertheless, the videos above will hopefully spark more conversation (and perhaps controller mods?) to become more widely accessible and available for disabled gamers.