Modder creates single-handed PS4 controller for disabled gamers

Celebrity modder Ben Heck tears down and reassembles the controller's left buttons on the right side.

After creating a single-handed Xbox One controller, celebrity modder Ben Heck has done the same for the PlayStation 4. Just like the Xbox One controller, Heck tore down the DualShock 4 controller and reassembled all of the controller's left buttons on the right side for a person with a disability that prevents them from using two hands.

Heck will dive into the creation of the controller during this Friday's installment of element 14's The Ben Heck Show. You can see a teaser for the program below.

The single-handed Xbox One controller was donated to the Able Gamers Foundation, a charity aimed at making video games more accessible to those with disabilities. The single-handed PS4 controller, on the other hand, will be donated to an element14 community viewer.

Heck is a veteran modder with dozens of extreme creations to his name. Some of these include Xbox 360 laptops, portable Nintendo 64s, and a NES Micro. Heck charges $125/hour for custom creations and you can read more about his products and services at his website.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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golemoy
golemoy

Only one hand? Buy a Wii instead.


(in case you didn't get it, i'm paraphrasing don mattrick here)

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

Give me a hand in thanking this man for putting an arm and a leg into controller design.

OMGMrTea
OMGMrTea

So what if i only have a left hand? ;)


Haha no but seriously, really great idea! I can only imagine how frustrating it has to be to not be able to play a game with two hands..

tightwad34
tightwad34

It took me about 3 seconds to realize this is a great idea.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Someone - guardianofhonor - made a disparaging remark (see below).

guardianofhonor said: "If you are missing hands maybe gaming just isnt the best hobby for you..."

StephenSays
StephenSays

What a wonderful story. A true humanitarian.  

fillup0
fillup0

Can't wait to play Dead or Alive Extreme 2 with this!

Loshead
Loshead

Thats awesome, more games for everyone!

Optimist_Pryme
Optimist_Pryme

Not to be "that guy", but couldn't he just have used that little one-handed controller that comes with the Move? #justsaying xD

jsnhnsly
jsnhnsly

Apparently he was planing on getting together with a manufacturer to mass produce these but backed down after Microsoft theatened legal action.  The plan was to sell them for just the cost of manufacturing so they could break even but Microsoft nonetheless were in a tizzy at the idea on money changing hands and not recieving a taste.


It's a shame.  I wonder if Sony will be just a stubborn?

euphoric666
euphoric666

well... want to see it playing "Brothers"  (i'm just joking!)

euphoric666
euphoric666

this is so amazing , fate in humanity restored.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Really cool, but at 125$ an hour, I would not let him experiment with my money. 

ZellyPoof
ZellyPoof

Really surprised the big console companies don't hire guys like this.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

You're awesome, very good job!

TheEternalGamer
TheEternalGamer

"The single-handed PS4 controller, on the other hand..." Nice one, GS.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Amazing. Hope I don't see any legal claim or case against this.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

...so what if they can only use the left hand?

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

That is a hefty fee, but this is always a good thing!  More power to him!

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@Gelugon_baat  If someone does something like that and it offends you then don't go the whole public shaming route. Take the high road, be better, and just flag his ass.

JOYRIDEME
JOYRIDEME

@Gelugon_baat  Someone - Gelugon_baat - was trolled (see above).

If you are sensitive to trolling maybe the internet isn't the best place for you...

los101278
los101278

Lmfao!!!! For real. It would had made things a lot easier. Oh well screw it

hystavito
hystavito

@jsnhnsly  I did a quick search and couldn't find any info about it.  Do you have any sources?  I'm not saying you're wrong :), I'm just curious about it and how MS got away with it so to speak, considering it should have drawn some unfavourable press coverage.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@ZellyPoof You don't think they could have already came up with something like this without him?

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

I wouldn't think so, he's not making any money off the controller since he's donating it, and the people who use it are likely to buy games and make Sony money. Everyone's happy!

georgebot84
georgebot84

@guardianofhonor  I have no arms.  My psn profile level = 13.  steam level = 13.  Xbox gamerscore = 11,000 +.


Been playing since NES and I can probably beat you on any online game.  I won several tournaments as a kid.

reddevilofhell
reddevilofhell

@guardianofhonor  Why dont u make it easy on you by just apologising and carrying on.. U have a foot in mouth disease. 


About your comment, we let stupid people use the internet, so why not do something for handicapped gamers, they deserve it way more anyways...

santinegrete
santinegrete

@guardianofhonor if you can't understand accidents can happen to everyone in this unfair life that we all have to get trough, this world isn't the best for you...

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@JOYRIDEME  

When someone makes a remark that really offends you, remember what you said to me.

Optimist_Pryme
Optimist_Pryme

@jZangetsu21 @Optimist_Pryme  Do what?  That's the point... the one-handed controller for the Move already exists... therefore me, nor this modder, would have had to do anything.  There was already a solution. xD

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Loshead Nobody that has any intelligence wants to be that guy, but the hashtag didn't help his cause at all.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@santinegrete

When did I say accidents cant happen to everyone? Where are people apparently seeing me say all these things I never said? Oh right you just want to drop a line to let the internet know how holy you are, got it.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@bhmg

I was just making a valid point, do blind people take up painting as a hobby or infirm people take up hiking? Why take up a hobby that is probably the worst you can choose due to your disability?

And this controller doesnt look like it would work, how would you move the stick and press buttons at the same time with one hand?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@guardianofhonor

Oh, look who's getting pissed off when you are spitting out so many expletives and suggesting suicide.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@guardianofhonor haha, it's better than looking like a souless prick. Yep, you know  who I'm refering to.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@guardianofhonor  

Oh, you are one to point out others' sanctimony.

This is a new low for you. I will make sure that you rue ever making that remark of yours in this article.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@guardianofhonor  "I was just making a valid point, do blind people take up painting as a hobby"


I suggest you look up Eşref Armağan.......

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@bledsoe45sbc

Did I say anything bad about this guy or his controller? No so drop the sanctimony. I just think even with this controller a person missing a hand would have great difficulty playing video games.

bledsoe45sbc
bledsoe45sbc

@guardianofhonor if you've been gaming all your life and lose a limb for some reason you'd be really happy someone is doing work like this so you don't have to give up something you love

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@DanZillaUK

When did I say anything about excluding people? I only said its not the best hobby for them, no reason to go all social justice warrior about it.

DanZillaUK
DanZillaUK

@guardianofhonor @bhmgWe let idiots use the internet, hell we even have mediums for them to show their stupidity on it. So why not use a little creativity to allow people with physical disabilities to enjoy video games? It's minimal effort. Why should they be excluded because they lost a limb?