3D-printed PlayStation controller mod allows one-handed PS4 and PS5 gaming
The 3D-printing craze has already given us things weird to the wonderful and everything in between, from 3D-printed gun parts to IKEA meatballs. A 3D-printed PlayStation controller mod suitable for using with one hand is not something we'd expect to be invented, though, yet here it is. A 3D-printing aficionado, Akaki Kuumeri, has managed to design and print mods for both the PlayStation 5's DualSense and the PlayStation 4's DualShock controllers that let you play one-handed. He has now uploaded the file for the one-handed PS4 controller so that anyone who has the desire to 3D-print such a mod would be able to do it on their own printer.
The thumbstick is controller by moving the whole controller. Rest the controller on your lap or the table, and move it around. Its motions are transmitted to the thumbstick. There is a 4-to-1 mechanical advantage going on, so you can get good precision even with rougher motions.
As for the PS5 DualSense controller's one-handed mod, this one can either be printed from the same repository, or bought on Mr. Kuumeri's Etsy site outright at a current price of US$57.60.
If you are wondering what happens with the shoulder buttons on the other side (the one-handed mods can be 3D-printed for both righties or lefties), they have been moved to the side opposite of the mod's joystick placement so that one can press all of them with their index finger. "They're placed so that pushing L2 and R2 simultaneously is possible (many games use L2 for aim + R2 to shoot, for instance)," says the mod's author, and we can immediately think of more than one application for the contraption. Apart from the apparent accessibility advantages for people who can't use their other hand for medical reasons, there is also the added convenience for those who can, like eating a slice of pizza while you try to escape all those zombies that are after you.