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Sony employee built a custom PS4 DualShock 4 for disabled gamer

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A PlayStation employee has created a custom DualShock 4 controller for a PS4 gamer suffering from cerebral palsy.

College student Peter Byrne had emailed Sony expressing how his condition made it more difficult to use the pad, thanks to the positioning of the touchpad.

New Jersey native Byrne found himself inadvertently pausing the game after continually coming into contact with the centrally-positioned feature.

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The next day he received word from a Sony employee who took the matter under his wing. Inside a week two custom controllers, which disabled the touchpad and shifted the functionality to another button, arrived on his doorstep.

The mod was concocted by Alex Nawabi of Sony’s R&D team, who apparently made them in 10 hours during his spare time.

“Inside was the letter and this controller that is now modified especially for me,” Byrne says. “He said that it’s the first time he’s ever done something like this.”

Before all you cynics get ahold of this story, there’s nothing to suggest Sony actively sought publicity for this.

The story was covered by Byrne’s local news organisation and you can see the video on News12’s website (via Kotaku).

Bugblatter

April 5, 2016, 9:22 am

Well it would be good publicity for Alex rather than Sony as he did it in his own time.

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