Guide To Consoles and Video Games For Visually Impaired | Vital Tech

Gaming consoles and systems

Last modified: 11th February 2019

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Gaming consoles and systems are steadily becoming more accessible.

The Sony Playstation 4 has a number of accessibility features built in, enabling the user to enhance visual images, invert colours or zoom in. A screen reader can be activated to narrate the display (in American English). The controls can be customised according to personal preference.

The X-box One also has similar accessibility functions.

The Nintendo Wii was designed to be an especially inclusive gaming system, with intuitive gesture controls allowing for games that almost everyone can play. The 1-2-Switch game requires the player to face their opponent rather than the screen, with information transmitted through audio and force feedback rather than visual cues.