Sony employee creates a controller for a gamer with cerebral palsy0 Comments
A Sony Interactive Employee working with the PlayStation 4 has created a custom controller for Peter Byrne, a gamer with cerebral palsy, who was having difficulty using the regular PS4 controller. PS staffer Alex Nawabi works for Sony's research and development team, and took it upon himself to mod a PlayStation 4 controller so that Byrne would be able to play comfortably with it.
The wonderful gesture began after Byrne contacted Sony, telling them he was having problems operating his controller. He rested his left hand on the touch pad when he gamed, and this would often accidentally pause games or activate an unwanted touchscreen function. Nawabi received the message and reached out to Byrne to let him know that he would personally mod the controller for him.
After a day of work, Nawabi had created a custom controller with the touch screen permanently disabled, and a new pause button on the bottom of the controller so that no functionality was lost. In an interview with News 12 New Jersey, Byrne said that "I wrote my email. Then the next day, Alex Nawabi got in contact with me."
The pair exchanged emails over the course of a couple days, after which Byrne found a package waiting for him at his home. "Inside was the letter and this controller that is now modified especially for me. He said that it's the first time he's ever done something like this."