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Easy to see, hear and use,
Introducing Sony's accessibility features that make it easier for all of us.

VISION ASSIST

【Mobile】Xperia™ accessibility functions

Making smartphone operations even more convenient

Xperia's accessibility functions assist with Vision, Hearing and Action. Setting these functions as needed greatly enhances user convenience when using the smartphone's features. By activating the TalkBack, for example, users can operate the smartphone by tapping on the screen and obtain audio feedback without looking at the display.
Use the "Accessibility" menu under "Settings" to set accessibility functions. Set the Accessibility Menu to display a large, icon-based, on-screen menu, making it easier to lock your device, control volume and brightness, take screenshots, and more.

Xperia TalkBack setting screen
(Left) Xperia Accessibility Menu setting screen
(Right) Shortcut icons for the Accessibility Menu are displayed at the bottom of the screen

【Movies/Anime】Audio Descriptions

Conveys video information through audio

The Sony Group provides audio descriptions for some movies and animations.
The audio description system uses audio to convey information on the movements of people, movie scenes, plus captions and on-screen messages. The main audio channel describes scenes as they appear on the screen, as well as dialog, music, and sound effects, enabling viewers to visualize each scene more clearly and realistically. The audio description system enables more people to enjoy movies.

  • *Supported movies and animations vary by country and region.

【Audio】Use TalkBack to Control Your Walkman

Experience High-quality Audio easily without Looking

You can play music and adjust the volume on your Walkman using the TalkBack screenreading app*. After you launch the app, swiping two fingers up and down switches the screen and enables you to read back the titles of the usable functions and settings visible on the new screen. Swiping left or right across the screen displays new information instantly. It is still possible to adjust volume, replay, stop, fast-forward and reverse using conventional buttons on the device.
You can transfer music files on your PC to the device by drag-and-drop actions without using any dedicated application.

  • *It requires to download voice data for use.

Available for the NW-A100 series and the NW-ZX500 series

NW-ZX500 series

【TV】Set the accessibility function

Text enlargement and screen reader functions provide better accessibility

"Text Magnification" function to increases the size of texts on the screen.
"Screen Reader" allows one to check the TV program guides on screen or to change TV settings withoutlooking at the screen.
You can enjoy the BRAVIA™ TV with easy operation after activating the accessibility setting.

The accessibility function can be simply toggled on or off using the button on the remote controller.

  • *"Screen Reader" and "Text Magnification" functions are in compliance with U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.
  • *"Screen Reader" function is available only for some areas and languages.
  • *"Text Magnification" function is available only for some applications.
  • *"Screen Reader" and "Text Magnification" functions are available only for focus points.
  • *The accessibility function on/off toggle function using the button on the remote controller is only available with certain models.
BRAVIA™ TV Accessibility Settings

【Camera】Focus Assist Using Image Enlargement・Peaking function

Assist accurate focusing

The focus assist function is available on the α series of digital SLR cameras and the Cyber-shot ®RX series of digital still cameras, among others. Focus Assist Using Image Enlargement・Peaking feature will help you focus on the item when using in manual focus. By enlarging the image on the screen, you can adjust the focus on the detail. The peaking feature adds color to the outline of the area of focus in the display. You can look through the OLED viewfinder to adjust the fine details of the focus and even check the blurring. The peaking feature allows you to select multiple colors according to the subject. Making it easy to focus for a more fun and exciting time taking photos.

  • Compatible models:
    Functionality may differ depending on the model and software version. Please refer to website support for the model in question.
α7 III interchangeable-lens digital camera
Peaking function

【Game】Plentiful accessibility settings for enhanced readability

Consolidated setup for accessibility functions

PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4 are equipped with system and display customization settings that are easier to see and use. Select Settings > Accessibility at the Home display. From there, you can adjust the display zoom setting, and select color inversion, text size, bold text, high contrast and closed captioning. You can also change button assignments and auto-scroll speed.

The text-to-speech function, which reads out text displayed on the screen or browser, is another feature that helps create a more comfortable environment.

  • *The text-to-speech function and some of the other accessibility features supported by the PS5™ and PS4® may differ in certain regions and languages. For more information, please visit the Accessibility Settings websites listed below.
PS5™
© Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
PS5™ Accessibility Menu display

HEARING ASSIST

【Mobile】Xperia™ accessibility functions

Making smartphone operations even more convenient

Xperia's accessibility functions assist with Vision, Hearing and Action. Setting these functions as needed greatly enhances user convenience when using the smartphone's features.
Use the "Accessibility" menu under "Settings" to set accessibility functions. Set the Accessibility Menu to display a large, icon-based, on-screen menu, making it easier to lock your device, control volume and brightness, take screenshots, and more.

(Left) Xperia Accessibility Menu setting screen
(Right) Shortcut icons for the Accessibility Menu are displayed at the bottom of the screen

【Movie/Anime】Animax and Kids Station Anime and Children's Programs

Operation of subtitled broadcasts provided by specialized channels*1

The Animax channel provides exciting entertainment experiences through the Japanese anime culture, while the Kids Station channel specializes in children's and anime programming that delivers popular programs for children. They provide subtitles for at least 80%*2 of the programs they broadcast throughout the year. Although the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) does not set specific numerical targets for providing subtitles for satellite broadcasts, Animax and Kids Station endeavor to achieve the 80% target to enable as many customers as possible, including those with hearing disabilities, to enjoy anime and children's programs*3. To display subtitles when watching programs that provide subtitles, press the "Subtitle" button on the TV remote controller.

ABC Broccoli Kids Station English educational program

【Movies/Anime】Captions

Conveying audio information through captions

The Sony Group provides captions for some movies and animations.
Captions are primarily for people with hearing disabilities. They show the names of the people speaking and their lines as well as meaningful information on the on-screen audio, such as music, sound effects, and ambient noises. The system describes in textual form who is speaking and the on-screen sounds. The support of captions enables more people to enjoy movies and videos.

  • *Supported movies and animations vary by country and region.

【Audio】Wireless Neckband Speaker

Experience Dynamic Power at Any Time without Worrying about Your Surroundings

The compact SRS-NB10 wireless neckband speaker features a high-sensitivity full-range upward-facing speaker unit for surround sound. Precise Voice Pickup Technology provides precise advanced signal processing to allow other parties to hear your voice clearly despite background noise. In this way, you can participate in online meetings comfortably with no unpleasant feedback or echo.
Since the neckband configuration does not cover your ears, you can hear the intercom alerting you to visitors during online meetings and pay attention to family conversations when you are watching TV*1 or listening to music. The IPX4*2 is also splash-resistant, enabling you to enjoy your favorite TV programs and music while cooking or washing dishes in the kitchen.

  • *1Connects to Bluetooth®-compatible TVs. Compatible with the Bluetooth® A2DP profile.
  • *2The main unit's functions are protected against splashes from all directions.

【Audio】Neck-type Sound Collector

Hear the sounds you want to hear, loud and clear

Neck-type Sound Collector SMR-10 boosts the volume of the sounds you want to hear, whether it is a conversation with family and friends or the explanations offered by a tour guide when you are on a trip. A microphone attached to the earphones collects and automatically adjusts sounds according to the environment. Whether you are in a noisy outdoor environment or a quiet room, the sound collector helps you hear more clearly, without the need to change any settings.
SMR-10 can also be used as a wireless TV speaker with no major fuss. All you need to do is connect the charging dock to a television set using the included cable.

  • *This product is not a medical device (i.e., not a hearing aid).
  • *As of January 2018, the Neck-type Sound Collector SMR-10 is available in Japan.
Neck-type Sound Collector SMR-10

【TV】Wireless Handy TV Speaker

Clear audio, even at a Distance from the TV

Wireless Handy TV Speaker SRS-LSR200 is a wireless television speaker that comes in handy when it is hard to hear the TV. You can hear the audio clearly through the speaker that you can place right by you. The SRS-LSR200 features a new dedicated voice speaker located between the left and right stereo speakers. The clear voice function makes it much easier to catch dialog. Sony's original technology provides hearing support through the Voice Zoom function. A large on/off switch, large and easy-to-turn volume dial, large buttons, easily legible print and other features make the remote simple for anyone to use.

  • *As of July 2021, the Handy TV speaker SRS-LSR200 was on sale in Japan and Europe.
Wireless Handy TV Speaker SRS-LSR200

【Game】DualSense™ Wireless Controller

Never miss sounds you want to hear

The DualSense™ wireless controller features a built-in microphone/headset jack. Want to enjoy games comfortably even when TV volume cannot be turned up or the sound is difficult to hear? Connect your own headset to the headset jack on the DualSense™ Wireless Controller to create a gaming environment with better sound.

DualSense™ Wireless Controller
© Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

"DualSense" is a registered trademark or trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

【TV】Captions

Text information for the TV show

This Closed Captioning feature converts audio information of TV broadcasting and IPTV services into easy-to-read text. Even when you cannot pick up the sounds of the TV very well, this feature will assist you in giving the information you need. Closed Captioning is in compliance with U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.

Antelope Canyou was formed by the erosion of Navajo Sandstone due tu BRAVIA™ TV

ACTION ASSIST

【Mobile】Xperia™ accessibility functions

Making smartphone operations even more convenient

Xperia's accessibility functions assist with Vision, Hearing and Action. Setting these functions as needed greatly enhances user convenience when using the smartphone's features.
Use the "Accessibility" menu under "Settings" to set accessibility functions. Set the Accessibility Menu to display a large, icon-based, on-screen menu, making it easier to lock your device, control volume and brightness, take screenshots, and more.

(Left) Xperia Accessibility Menu setting screen
(Right) Shortcut icons for the Accessibility Menu are displayed at the bottom of the screen

【Camera】Eye AF (Autofocus) Function

Follows the Eyes even though the Subject Moves

This function focuses on the subject's eyes.
The camera uses Sony's unique AI* object recognition function to detect and focus on the subject's eyes instantly. It follows the eyes no matter how much the subject moves. You can always be sure to take successful portraits of lively children, and it will even track your pet's eyes. This function enhances the fun and joy of photography by making focusing simpler.

  • Compatible models:
    Functionality may differ depending on the model and software version. Please refer to website support for the model in question.
  • *Uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology, including machine learning.
α7 III interchangeable-lens digital camera
Eye AF function (Humans)
Eye AF function (Animals)
Eye AF function (Birds)

【Camera】Real-time Tracking Function

Follows the subject no matter how much it moves

Camera models equipped with Real-time Tracking*1 automatically track the subject on their own. Simply specify the subject you want to aim for and the camera will automatically keep it in focus whether you are shooting still images or movies. AI*2 enables the camera to process spatial information comprising color, patterns (luminance), and subject distance (depth) in real time at high speed. Turn Face/Eye Priority in AF photography to continue detecting face and eye information in real time and change the focus frame according to the subject's situation. Alternatively, with models that support Touch Tracking, you may simply touch the subject on the monitor to track it.

  • Compatible models:
    Functionality may differ depending on the model and software version. Please refer to website support for the model in question.
  • *1Referred to as "Tracking" in the menu.
  • *2Uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology, including machine learning.
The Real-time Tracking Function

【Audio】Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

Control from the Ear

Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones WH-1000XM4 has a touch sensor is integrated into the right side housing.
Touch the gesture panel on the housing, and you can Play, Pause, control the volume or answer a phone call without physical access to the smartphone. Siri®*1 and Google Now™*2 smart phone voice assistant features are also accessible from headphone making simple searches convenient. Furthermore, by placing one hand over the housing, the volume is temporarily reduced and ambient sounds can be easily heard. Train station announcements, or conversations can be heard seamlessly.

  • *1Siri® is a registered trademark of Apple.
  • *2Google Now™ is a registered trademark of Google.
    It may not be supported due to the specifications of a smartphone or the version of an application.

【TV】Built-in Google Assistant for an Enhanced Television Experience

Hands-free Operation, Including Video Searches

Just say "OK Google" and name a task. Users of BRAVIA with the Google Assistant built in need not do more to, say, search for a YouTube™ video on their TVs. Voice commands can also be used to operate the BRAVIA itself, such as turn it on or off, or change the volume. It offers an enhanced television experience like none other.

  • Supported models:
    Z9J Series, A90J Series, A80J Series, X95J Series, X90J Series,
    A9F/AF9 Series, A9G/AG9 Series, Z9F/ZF9 Series, X950G/XG95 Series, X950H/XH95 Series, Z9H/ZH9 Series
  • *Availability may vary depending on country/region
  • *You will need an Internet connection to use the voice search function and applications. Depending on which model you use, you may have to log into a Google account. You may also need to sign up or become a subscriber to use some applications.
  • *You must agree to the Google Terms of Service and Google's Privacy Policy to use BRAVIA TVs equipped with Google LLC's Google TV / Android TV. More information is available in Google Terms of Service and Google's Privacy Policy.
  • *Google, Google TV, YouTube and Android TV are trademarks of Google LLC.
*Image is for illustrative purposes.

【Game】Game Software Accessibility Settings

Enhanced Accessibility Options Enable more People to Enjoy Gaming

Accessibility settings are provided for various game software products for the PlayStation®5 (PS5™) and the PlayStation®4 (PS4®). For the PS4 software Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, for example, we have added functions that allow players to perform a series of actions by simply holding buttons down instead of pressing them repeatedly, as well as control the game without using the right-hand stick. You can listen to readouts of all the text used in the game, visually display information representing sounds, slowly adjust your aim in battle scenes, and adjust enemies' abilities. The PS5™ software Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart features high-contrast background settings and a shader function to highlight enemies, allies and key items.
Sony Interactive Entertainment aims to provide the best possible playground for all users by providing accessibility features like these.

Example of customized subtitling for The Last of Us Part II
Example of highlighting of enemies and allies for
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • “Uncharted 4: A Thief's End”
    ©2016 Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC. Created and developed by Naughty Dog LLC.
  • “The Last of Us Part II”
    ©2020 Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC. Created and developed by Naughty Dog, LLC.
  • “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart”
    ©2021 Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC. Created and developed by Insomniac Games, Inc.

【Camera】Function of Touch Operation: Touch Shutter, Touch Focus

A Simple Touch Ensures No Missed Shots

Equipped with a touch shutter, you can shoot a still image by pointing the camera and tapping on the subject displayed on the monitor. The camera focuses instantaneously when you touch the monitor, offering you an intuitive way to shoot an image.
Meanwhile, the touch focus function enables intuitive, instantaneous focusing. It is convenient when you want to focus only on a certain point, or if you have a special composition in mind to achieve.

  • Compatible models:
    Functionality may differ depending on the model and software version. Please refer to website support for the model in question.

【Camera】Side-opening Vari-angle LCD Screen

Side-opening LCD screen improves ease of use

This camera is equipped with a vari-angle LCD monitor that opens sideways for still and video recording and Vlogging. Taking selfies is much easier because you can check the monitor. Low- and high-angle shots are also easier.

  • Compatible models:
    α7S III, α7C、VLOGCAM ZV-1
Side-opening Vari-angle LCD Screen

【Mobile】One-Handed Mode*1

One-handed mode makes it easy to operate using just one hand

One-handed mode makes for smoother operating in compact view, if your finger does not reach the edge of the screen with one hand.
Enable One-handed mode in settings, then double tap the Home button*2 to enter One-handed mode.
To move the screen to the left side or to the right side, tap the left arrow ( < ) or and the right arrow ( > ) accordingly.

  • *1Support for some applications and functions may not be available for certain models/OS versions. Additionally, some telecommunication carriers may not provide support for models in the same series.
  • *2The operation method differs depending on the model.

【Camera】Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod

Easy operation with right or left hand

Depending on what you are shooting, choose from two styles: the Grip Style or the Tripod Style. GP-VPT1*1 and GP-VPT2BT*2, the easy-to-hold grip style will let you use the remote operation feature with just your thumb, with either your right or left hand.
In addition, the shapes of the main buttons on the GP-VPT2BT have been changed to make it less likely that you will press the wrong button.

  • *1GP-VPT1 is compatible with Handycam® camcorder, α Interchangeable-Lens Camera and Cyber-shot™ Digital Camera with multiple USB terminals.
  • *2GP-VPT2BT is compatible with α Interchangeable-Lens Camera, Vlog Camera VLOGCAM™ and Cyber-shot™ Digital Camera with Bluetooth® wireless remote function.
GP-VPT2BT

【Game】DualSense™ wireless controller

Create a gaming environment that offers more intensity and enjoyment

The DualSense™ Wireless Controller uses next-generation features including immersive haptic feedback and dynamic adaptive triggers that vary force and tension to deliver a more intensive, more realistic playing experiences than ever before. Vibrations that vary according to your in-game situation allow you to experience various sensations in your hands and feel physically involved in actions unfolding on the screen, such as pulling a bowstring to its limits or hitting the brakes on a speeding car. It also supports a more comfortable gameplay environment in which you can play without a wired connection to the PlayStation®5 system.

DualSense™ Wireless Controller
© Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

"DualSense" is a registered trademark or trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

【Audio】Memory Card Recorder

Realize the feeling of user's accustomed operation

Memory Card Recorder ICD-LX31A works like a traditional cassette tape recorder! The ICD-LX31A memory card recorder is designed for confident, effortless use by people of all ages.

【TV】Refreshed Blu-ray Disc™ Player

Consolidated Settings of the Most often used Accessibility Features

You can customize the following functions in the Accessibility setting menu: Screen Reader, Enlarge, Auto-Scroll Speed (speed adjustment of automatic text scroll), and Closed Captioning. When the characters on the screen are small, you can easily increase the size of font by using the "Enlarge" function. The "Screen Reader", Closed Captioning and Auto-Scroll Speed, easily enable viewing and hearing assistance.
Enabling the Accessibility Shortcut allows the convenient ability to turn on or off the Screen Reader, Enlarge function, and Closed Captioning.

  • Supported Models:
    BDP-S1700
    BDP-S3700
    BDP-S6700
    UHP-H1
    UBP-X1000ES
    UBP-X800

【TV】Set the accessibility function

Text enlargement and screen reader functions provide better accessibility

"Text Magnification" function to increases the size of texts on the screen.
"Screen Reader" allows one to check the TV program guides on screen or to change TV settings withoutlooking at the screen.
You can enjoy the BRAVIA™ TV with easy operation after activating the accessibility setting.

The accessibility function can be simply toggled on or off using the button on the remote controller.

  • *"Screen Reader" and "Text Magnification" functions are in compliance with U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.
  • *"Screen Reader" function is available only for some areas and languages.
  • *"Text Magnification" function is available only for some applications.
  • *"Screen Reader" and "Text Magnification" functions are available only for focus points.
  • *The accessibility function on/off toggle function using the button on the remote controller is only available with certain models.
BRAVIA™ TV Accessibility Settings

【Game】Plentiful accessibility settings for enhanced readability

Consolidated setup for accessibility functions

PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4 are equipped with system and display customization settings that are easier to see and use. Select Settings > Accessibility at the Home display. From there, you can adjust the display zoom setting, and select color inversion, text size, bold text, high contrast and closed captioning. You can also change button assignments and auto-scroll speed.

The text-to-speech function, which reads out text displayed on the screen or browser, is another feature that helps create a more comfortable environment.

  • *The text-to-speech function and some of the other accessibility features supported by the PS5™ and PS4® may differ in certain regions and languages. For more information, please visit the Accessibility Settings websites listed below.
PS5™
© Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
PS5™ Accessibility Menu display
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