PlayStation employee creates special controller for NJ gamer with cerebral palsy

A Sony PlayStation employee created a special controller for a New Jersey gamer with cerebral palsy.

A Sony PlayStation employee created a special controller for a New Jersey gamer with cerebral palsy. (4/1/16)

SOUTH AMBOY - An avid video game player with cerebral palsy says a Sony PlayStation employee created a special controller for him to use so that he can continue playing.

Peter Byrne, of South Amboy, says that he has a special love for video games. However, he noticed that he had a hard time using the controller for the PlayStation 4 due to the touchpad in the center of the controller.

“When I play, I would hit the touchpad with my hand. It’s very sensitive…it would pause the game,” Byrne says.

Byrne says that two weeks ago he finally decided to contact Sony to let them know about his concerns.

“I wrote my email. Then the next day, [PlayStation employee] Alex Nawabi got in contact with me,” says Byrne.

Nawabi told Byrne that he was going to take on the matter personally and not on behalf of PlayStation. On Tuesday, Byrne received a package from Nawabi.

“Inside was the letter and this controller that is now modified especially for me,” Byrne says. “He said that it’s the first time he’s ever done something like this.”

The modified version of the PlayStation 4 controller took about 10 hours of labor to build. It’s similar to the regular controller, but the touchpad is disabled and an additional button was added to take the place of it.

“He did more than I ever expected,” Byrne says.

Nawabi was not available to speak to News 12 New Jersey. Byrne says that Nawabi built him a second controller in case anything happened to the first one.

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