Like several other PlayStation 5 games, The Last of Us Part 1 will feature a number of accessibility options that include audio descriptions for cutscenes, alternate controls, and more.

One of the coolest features uses the DualSense controller to enhance dialogue. The controller vibrates when a specific line is spoken, allowing a deaf player to feel the accent during these dialogue sequences and get a feel for how it is spoken. Another fascinating feature is for blind and visually impaired players, which Naughty Dog calls Enhanced Listening Mode. Using this suite of features, players can search for enemies, cutscenes have audio descriptions, and traversal audio clues help paint a picture of the world around Joel.

“To some degree, the principles behind accessibility are good universal design principles,” game director Matthew Gallant said in a video highlighting some of the new accessibility options. “Fortunately, we can think of ‘Okay, if this information is only available on screen, it’s not accessible to a blind player’ or if this information is something you only hear, it is not accessible to a deaf player.”

In a follow-up post on the PS-Blog, Naughty Dog shared more granular details about its accessibility presets and how they were designed to work in concert with each other. Players will be able to choose from visual, auditory, and motor accessibility presets, magnification and visual aids, multiple control scheme configurations, and combat accessibility among several other options.

Sony has made a concerted effort to increase the accessibility of its games lately, with titles such as Horizon: Forbidden West and the upcoming God of War: Ragnarok all having a rich selection of features to choose from, while the gaming industry is moving to make its titles more accessible to gamers from all walks of life.

The Last of Us Part 1 is set to launch on September 2 on PS5, with the PC version arriving at a later date. To catch up, you can check out the game’s new launch trailer and official first look at the live-action adaptation of The Last of Us, which stars Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as of Ellie.

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