Modifying custom controllers isn’t just to get a competitive edge during a mulitplayer game; it is also to help gamers with disabilities find ways to make games enjoyable to play for them. Ben Heck was able to present how to make custom controllers for the Xbox One in the past but had issues doing so with the PS4. Recently, he published a video on his YouTube Channel showing how to make a accessible PS4 controller.
Building accessibility controllers is a passion of Ben’s because it allows someone that does not have use of both hands to enjoy one more thing that many of us take for granted. The Xbox 360 and Xbox one use standard circuit boards so they can be easily hacked to make accessibility controllers. In fact, the Xbox One controller is easier to modify than the Xbox 360 controller!
Ben’s preference for modding Xbox controllers has nothing to do with being biased against them, the PS4 will have sold over 40 million units after the holiday season and Ben has one too. It has to do with the silk screen printed circuit used on its controllers not allowing it to be modified easily because you can’t solder onto the plastic.
The video shows how the motherboard for PS4 controllers is different compared to Xbox One and like Ben’s past videos, it is just interesting seeing technology being taken apart and re-assembled in new creative ways.