Sony just made it decidedly easier to find games that accommodate people with disabilities. As of this week, the company is rolling out accessibility tags on the PlayStation Store for PS5 users. Press the triangle button when looking at game’s hub and you’ll see whether a title has features to support those with visual, audio and motor needs. You’ll know if a game has alternative colors, a screen reader, or controller adjustments, for instance.
The tags will be generally available this week. Most of the initial support revolves around marquee games like Death Stranding Director’s Cut, God of War Ragnarök and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Sony says it’s working with a “wide range of developers” to deploy tags going forward, so you can expect to see them from smaller studios.
The option comes roughly a year and a half after Microsoft unveiled similar tags for Xbox gamers. Not that PlayStation developers have been waiting for Sony to act. The Last of Us creator Naughty Dog has made a point of prioritizing accessibility in its games, such as a feature that plays dialogue through the PS5’s DualSense controller as haptic feedback. In that regard, the store upgrade helps expose and promote these efforts.
Sony hasn’t been standing still. The firm is developing an accessible PS5 controller that, like Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller, helps people with limited motor control play games that might otherwise be unusable. The tags are just part of a broader strategy to make gaming viable for many more people — provided they can find a PS5 in the first place, of course.