The good news is that video games are getting more accessible over time, improving the experience for those with disabilities and impairments. You can also find a wealth of accessibility options in the latest consoles from Sony and Microsoft.
These options cover everything from making text easier to read to customizing the controller you're using so you're better able to control gameplay. They're generally very straightforward to configure, too, with a lot of help along the way.
And while they're primarily built for those who have difficulty using a PlayStation or an Xbox in its default configuration, anyone can make use of them when needed—for example, turning on closed captions late at night when the volume has to stay low.
On the PS5, you can find the accessibility options by going to Settings (the cog icon in the top right corner of the home screen), then choosing Accessibility. The options are split into five distinct sections, though some of these features rely on support being coded into the games you're playing, which can vary from title to title.
The biggest list of settings is under Display and Sound. It's possible to invert the colors onscreen, switch to a high contrast mode, or apply a color correction filter to make displayed items easier to see. There's a zoom tool here along with options for adjusting the text size and style, and you're able to adjust the auto-scroll speed and reduce motion effects too.
Under the Screen Reader heading, you can have the text onscreen read aloud and get audio prompts for operating the console. This feature is designed for those with visual impairments, and it makes working the PS5 easier if you can't see the text onscreen. The associated settings let you adjust the speed, volume, and voice type of the speech. Press the PS and triangle buttons together to pause and play speech, and the PS and R1 buttons together to start the reading again from the beginning.