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How to Adjust PS5 Accessibility Settings: Screen Reader, Display & More

PS5 has a lot of convenient accessibility options you can use to your advantage!

PS5 has been a total success for Sony. A multitude of gamers jumped into the next-generation PlayStation console.

This popularity has caused scarcity since the console launched. The issue is so prevalent that industry insiders believe PS5 restocks will continue for a good part of 2022.

Due to PS5’s broad audience, Sony has implemented comprehensive accessibility features with this console.

Many of these features make using your PS5 simpler in some ways and can dramatically improve the experience for disabled gamers.

Gaming is for everyone, and these PS5 accessibility settings can be a game-changer!


Adjust PS5’s Screen Reader, Display Accessibility Options, Closed Captions & More

If you wish to access PS5’s accessibility options constantly, the first thing you should do is add the Accessibility shortcut to your Control Center.

How to Add the Accessibility Icon Shortcut to PS5’s Control Center

To do this, follow these instructions:

  • From PS5’s home screeen, press the PS button on your DualSense controller
  • When your Control Center (the quick menu on the bottom of the screen) opens, press the Options button
  • Select the Accessibility Icon by pressing X

After following these steps, the Accessibility icon appears in the Control Center.

This quick menu gives you access to the following PS5 accessibility options:

  • Invert Colors
  • Color Correction
  • Bold Text
  • Text Size
  • High Contrast
  • Screen Reader

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How to Adjust PS5’s Display Accessibility Settings

You can access PS5’s display accessibility settings by navigating to the gear settings on the upper right corner of PS5’s home menu and selecting Display.

Additionally, you can quickly access the Accessibility shortcut on the Control Center if you already have it set up.

From the Display accessibility settings, you can adjust the following option:

  • Text Size
  •  Bold Text
  •  Zoo
  •  High Contrast
  •  Invert Colors
  •  Color Correction
  •  Auto-Scroll Speed
  •  Reduce Motion

How to Activate PS5’s Screen Reader Accessibility Option

You can use the PS5 screen reader to hear on-screen text read aloud while navigating the console’s menu.

To activate it, simply follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings
  • Head to the Accessibility Menu
  • Select Screen Reader
  • Toggle Enable Screen Reader On

On the PS5 Screen Reader accessibility menu, you can adjust the following settings:

  • Speech Speed
  • Voice Type
  • Voice Volume

If you want to use this feature, these are some useful commands while using PS5’s Screen Reader accessibility feature:

  • Pause and Resume PS5 Screen Reader – Press PS Button and Triangle at the same time
  • Repeat Screen Reader – Press PS Button and R1 at the same time

The PS5 Screen Reader option is available in the following languages:

  • United States English
  • United Kingdom English
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Latin American Spanish
  • French
  • Canadian French 

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How to Adjust PS5’s Controller Accessibility Options

PS5 allows gamers to adjust several DualSense accessibility options.

To manage the PS5 Controller accessibility options, simply follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings
  • Head to the Accessibility Menu
  • Select Controllers

The PS5 Controller Accessibility options provide the following options:

  • Custom Button Assignments
  • Press and Hold Delay
  • Vibration Intensity
  • Trigger Effect Intensity

How to Activate PS5’s Closed Captions Accessibility Options

To turn on Closed Captions in PS5 Accessibility Settings, follow these instructions:

  • Go to Settings
  • Head to the Accessibility Menu
  • Select Closed Captions
  • Toggle Displayed Closed Captions On

Pro-Tip: You can customize the appearance of the closed captions in the Closed Caption Settings right below the Closed Captions toggle.

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How to Enable PS5 Chat Transcription Accessibility Option

To Enable PS5’s chat transcription option, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings
  • Head to the Accessibility Menu
  • Select Chat Transcription
  • Toggle Enable Chat Transcription On

Additionally, in this menu, you can change the following options for chat transcription:

  • Language
  • Voice Type

To view the chat transcriptions on PS5, follow these steps:

  • Select a Group or create one in the Game Base from Control Center
  • After you join the Group, join the voice Chat by selecting the headphones icon on the bottom left corner
  • Press the PS Button to open Control Center
  • Select the Voice Chat Party Card on the left by pressing X
  • Select the Multitasking icon on the bottom right corner
  • Choose either Picture-in-Picture or Pin to Side depending on your personal preference
  • You should now see the transcript while on a game or while using other features of your PS5 console

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Lastly, the PS5’s chat transcript accessibility feature is available in the following languages:

  • United States English
  • United Kingdom English
  • France French
  • Canada French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Latin American Spanish

Remember, PS5 offers a vast array of accessibility features, including a screen reader feature, display options, closed captions, and more!

Take a few moments, tinker with these options, and make them fit your needs.

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