Some players found it difficult to use the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, partly due to its size and weight. While Sony hasn’t released an official counterpart to Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller, some people are trying to make it easier for others to play PS5 games.
YouTuber Akaki Kuumeri designed an adapter that allows players to use the DualSense with one hand. The 3D printed attachment clicks on the left thumbstick. When placed on a surface (or one’s thigh), physically moving the entire controller will move the thumbstick. The L1 and L2 buttons are replicated on the right side of the controller.
There is a second, optional attachment that also provides inputs for the D-pad. So, except for the Share button, players would be able to use the entire controller with one hand.
Because the DualSense is symmetrical, Kuumeri says the attachments can be reversed to fit the other side of the controller. You just need to mirror the components before printing them.
Kuumeri submitted the adapter to a one-handed controller design competition. You can download the files and print attachments for personal use.
The adapter can also be useful for gamers who normally have no problem using the DualSense with both hands. In a video, Kuumeri demonstrates the ability to solo It Takes Two, a co-op-only game, by using attachments on two controllers. The attachment can also provide players with a way to chew on a snack or enjoy a drink without having to hit the pause button.
Kuumeri’s design does not solve the accessibility problems of all players. Some may tire of physically moving the controller or may not have the dexterity to access all four shoulder buttons with one hand. Still, the attachment could give many more people the chance to play games like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Returnal – as long as they have access to a 3D printer and are actually able to secure a PS5.
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