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Sony employee builds custom PS4 controller for disabled gamer

By Shawn Knight
Apr 4, 2016
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  1. Peter Byrne recently sent an e-mail to Sony to express concerns over the design of its DualShock 4 controller.

    A college student, Byrne was born with Cerebral Palsy, a movement disorder that can often times result in poor coordination, stuff or weak muscles and tremors. With his new PlayStation 4, Byrne found that the sensitive touch pad in the center of the DualShock 4 controller was interfering with his gameplay as he would inadvertently touch the pad with his hand and pause the game.

    A day after sending the message, Byrne received a reply from Sony employee Alex Nawabi who said he would tackle the matter personally (not on behalf of Sony). And that’s exactly what he did, investing more than 10 hours on the project.

    The end result? A custom DualShock 4 controller in which the center pad is disabled. Nawabi also installed a new button on the back of the controller to take over the pause functionality. In a letter to Byrne that accompanied the controller, Nawabi said it took three donor controllers to build the custom gamepad.

    Naturally, there’s no warranty to speak of but that’s alright. In the letter, Nawabi said he would build Byrne a second controller just in case the first one breaks.

    While Sony wasn’t directly involved in the project, it’s cool to know they are employing people like Nawabi that are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to cater to gamers in need.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    Touchscreens are ruining everything. Their ugly, unfriendly UIs have polluted PC desktops and other areas where touch is useless.
     
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  3. LiveResistance

    LiveResistance TS Booster Posts: 85   +64

    Two thumbs up for Mr. Nawabi. It's nice to hear stories about people going out of their way to help others. There certainly isn't a shortage of stories where people act like douche bags.
     
  4. Drew Valadez

    Drew Valadez TS Rookie

    Hey Grinch,

    Fake smile or don't comment on the nice gesture this man took for the user.
     
  5. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    Politically correct: 'differently abled', not disabled... ;)
     
    LiveResistance and Reehahs like this.
  6. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Booster Posts: 100   +18

    Yeah, it's really nice to see that some companies have HR staff that actually care about their customers and not just their money.

    Lol!

    Sadly, you really do need to talk like that in this world or some random activist group will come and start breathing down your neck. It seems there's activists for anything and everything.
     
    LiveResistance likes this.

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