The Accessibility Features are the Most Impressive Last of Us Part I update
Naughty Dog and Sony have shared a long video that explains the technical differences between the Last of Us and the Last of Us Part I remake, which will be available on PlayStation 5 (and eventually on PC). The video covers the graphical update, DualSense tactile feedback, and new features such as permadeath. But the video’s highlight is around the 5:40 mark when the team begins to talk about accessibility features. They confirm that it will include an audio description for visually impaired gamers.
Naughty Dog has significantly improved its accessibility features since the Last of Us was released in 2013. The Last of Us Part II has been described by Can You Play That as “a testament to the power of accessibility when it is considered from scratch.” However, the game did not have in-game audio descriptions that could help visually impaired players follow along with cutscenes and such. The Last of Us, Part I will include these accessibility features and audio descriptions. Steve Saylor, a gaming accessibility advocate, wrote on Twitter that the Last of Us was “barely usable” for those who needed those accessibility options. So hopefully, they can enjoy the remake.