Accessibility settings on PS5 consoles

How to use accessibility settings on PS5 consoles

Learn how to customize your controller settings, set up display zoom, and enable closed captions using accessibility settings on PlayStation®5 consoles.

PS5 console accessibility settings

To configure accessibility settings, go to the home screen and select Settings > Accessibility.

If you add Accessibility to the control center, you can adjust these settings from here as well.

How to customize controller settings on PS5 consoles

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility. 
  2. Select Controllers and then one of the following controller settings:
  1. Turn on Enable Custom Button Assignments and select Customize Button Assignments.
  2. Select the button you want to change and then select the function you want to assign to it. 
  3. Select Apply.

Set the intensity of the controller vibration.

Set the intensity of the trigger effect. The trigger effect feature lets you feel varying levels of tension and resistance from the L2 and R2 buttons in response to your gameplay. Experience this feature in games that support it.

Set the press and hold delay for the PS button or create button.

The delay represents the time between pressing the button and when the hold is registered by the controller.

How to enable zoom on PS5 consoles

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Display and Sound > Zoom.
  2. Turn on Enable Zoom.

If you turn on Adjust Display Area to Movement, the display area automatically moves with your movement while zoomed in.

  1. While on the screen you want to enlarge, press the PS button and the square button at the same time.
    You can start adjusting the zoom.
  2. Press the PS button and the square button at the same time until the zoom magnification is to your liking.
    The zoom magnification changes with each press. If you turned off Adjust Display Area to Movement, use the right stick to adjust the display area.
  3. Press the cross button.
    The zoom magnification and display area are set, and you can continue operations while zoomed in.

The zoom function is unavailable with some features or apps, such as:

  • during Remote Play
  • while you're broadcasting
  • while you're sharing your screen using Share Screen or Share Play 
  • while you're using PlayStation VR.

When using certain features, such as playing a game or watching disc-based media, the display area won't move even if Adjust Display Area to Movement is turned on.

  1. While zoomed in, press the PS button and the square button at the same time.
    You return to the magnification and display area adjustment screen.
  2. Press the circle button to end zoom.

You can magnify the contents of cards displaying web pages. Press the options button and select Zoom or Magnify.

Zoom
Enlarge text or images without changing the size of the window. The page layout may change.
Press the L3 and R3 buttons to zoom in or out.

Magnify
Enlarge what's on the screen without changing the page layout. To see the entire page, you may need to scroll up, down, left, or right.

How to customize display and text settings on PS5 consoles

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Display and Sound.
  2. Select from the following display and text settings:

Reverse text and background colors on the screen. When this setting is enabled, HDR (high dynamic range) is turned off.

Turn on Enable Color Filter and choose a Color Filter to provide alternative color options. 

Drag the slider to adjust the color Intensity.

Change text size.

Turn on to display text in boldface type.

Turn on to change the color of text and backgrounds to improve contrast and legibility.

Show a check mark on enabled settings so you can easily see that they're turned on.

Set the speed of horizontal scrolling of text.

Turn on to reduce motion effects and screen movement.

How to turn on the screen reader on PS5 consoles 

The screen reader reads aloud on-screen text. It also provides spoken guidance for operating the console.

Please note that the screen reader is available only in certain languages. The language spoken by the screen reader is tied to your console language.

  1. Go to the home screen and select Settings > Accessibility > Screen Reader.  
  2. Enable Screen Reader.

You can do the following operations when text is being read aloud.

  • Pause/Play
    Press the PS button and triangle button at the same time.
  • Start reading from the beginning
    Press the PS button and R1 button at the same time.

Speech Speed
Set the rate of speech.

Voice Type
Choose a voice.

Voice Volume
Drag the slider to adjust the volume of spoken text.

The screen reader is currently available in:

Arabic

Japanese

Dutch

Korean

English

Polish

French

Portuguese

German

Russian

Italian

Spanish

How to turn on closed captions in media on PS5 consoles

Closed captions transcribe what's being spoken on the screen and provide text for audio cues when viewing certain content. 

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Closed Captions
  2. Turn on Display Closed Captions.

By default, what you're watching determines the way closed captions are displayed.

To customize how closed captions look on the screen, select Closed Captions Settings, turn on Custom Caption Style, and then configure the following:

  • Font size, color, edges, and opacity.

  • Background color and opacity, window color and opacity.

How to turn on chat transcription on PS5 consoles

The chat transcription feature (speech-to-text and text-to-speech) converts the voices of other players in voice chat in parties and supported games, and reads aloud text you enter to other players. Chat transcription in game chat is available only in games that support it.

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Chat Transcription.
  2. Enable Chat Transcription:

Turn the chat transcription on or off.

Choose one of the available languages. Text you enter is read aloud and text you speak is transcribed in this language to other players if they're also using chat transcription. By default, your console language is used as your spoken language. If your console language isn't supported, the spoken language defaults to English.

Chat transcription is available in:

English Italian
French Japanese
German Spanish

Choose a voice type to represent you. Other players in the voice chat hear this voice when text you enter is read aloud to them.

To use chat transcription, you need to be in a party.

After you set up chat transcription, the voices of other players are converted to text and appear on the right side of the voice chat card.

You can let your keyboard do the talking. Select Say something and then enter text using the on-screen keyboard. Your text is read aloud to the other players using the Voice Type you chose during set-up.

Use Multitasking to see what other players in your voice chat are saying while doing something.

  1. Press the options button or select Multitasking on the voice chat card, and then select Picture-in-Picture or Pin to Side.
  2. Quickly press the PS button twice to use chat transcription to enter text while in Picture-in-Picture or Pin to Side screen layout in voice chat.

How to turn on mono audio for headphones

Mono Audio for Headphones lets you play the same audio from both your left and right headphones.

  1. Go to Settings > Sound > Audio Output.

  2. Select Headphones > Mono Audio for Headphones.

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