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All Diablo 4 Accessibility Options Explained

This article will explain the various accessibility options that the developers at Blizzard have implemented in Diablo 4.
All Diablo 4 Accessibility Options Explained

With Diablo 4's arrival drawing ever closer, tons of players are waiting excitedly for the Demon slaying adventure to kick off on the 6 June 2023, or 2 June if you have pre-ordered a version that grants you Early Access. To ensure that all players can hit the ground running, the developers over at Blizzard have recently announced their accessibility options that will break down any barriers for those wanting to jump in. 

If you're curious to know what these accessibility features are and how they may even help you when playing the game, then you're in the right place. Below we will explain all accessibility options available in Diablo 4. 

All Diablo 4 Accessibility Options Explained

To kick off, the developers over at Blizzard made a statement regarding their approach to accessibility in a recent blog post. Lead accessibility designer Drew McCrory expressed that the only factor restricting exploration in Sanctuary should be interest rather than ability, as the team brainstormed potential accessibility features for the game. 

Diablo 4 Accessibility Options Explained Overview and approach
The team at Blizzard has focused on accessibility options that not only cater to all gamers but won't detract from the game. (Picture: Blizzard)

Taking inspiration from the foundation established in Diablo II: Resurrected, the team carefully developed accessibility features that balanced usefulness for players with disabilities without detracting from the gameplay for others. They iterated on these features in their testing phase, refining them to enhance usability without fundamentally changing the core gameplay mechanics. 

The result was a range of accessibility options designed to empower as many players as possible. So let's cover them all in detail below.

Dexterity Assistance

Diablo 4 Accessibility Options Explained Dexterity options
Below are all the dexterity assistance options that focus on catering to the physical abilities of all players. (Picture: Blizzard)

Button Remapping

  • Customization is a key aspect of Diablo IV, and this extends to the controls as well. Whether you're using a keyboard and mouse or a controller, all of your inputs can be reconfigured to suit your preferences and abilities. Our goal is to provide a comfortable and confident experience for players as they battle against the minions of Hell.

Skill Toggle and Action Wheel Activation

  • By enabling this feature, you can change the way Skills are activated from a button that needs to be held down to a toggle. The same can be done for choices on the Action Wheel.

Swap Left and Right Sticks

  • Certain Skills, like the Barbarian's Whirlwind, require the player to press and hold a button by default. These Skills continue until their associated resource cost is depleted or the button is released. However, we understand that some players may experience fatigue or have difficulty enjoying the destructive gameplay when they have to continuously hold down a button.
  • Enabling this feature allows you to remap the default inputs for the analog sticks to one side of the controller. This way, you can control the most important buttons and analog stick inputs with just one hand.

Persist Target Lock

  • Amid chaotic battles, demons often gather in threatening groups throughout Sanctuary. It can be challenging to accurately hit your intended target amidst the chaos. By enabling the Persist Target Lock feature, your Skills, and weapons will remain focused on a specific enemy, reducing the chances of missing your attacks.

Text Assistance

Diablo 4 Accessibility Options Explained Text and Visual accessibility options
Below are all the text assistance options that focus on making the game more legible to all players. (Picture: Blizzard)

Cinematic Subtitles

  • By default, subtitles are turned on, but players have the option to customize the font color, scaling, and even the opacity of the text's background according to their preferences.

Speech to Text

  • Utilizing the microphone on your device, our integrated Speech to Text software can convert your spoken words into text within the chat. Certain in-game tasks, such as defeating powerful world bosses, can greatly benefit from a coordinated team of players. The aim is to provide everyone with the opportunity to participate in the conversation and strategic planning involved in reclaiming Sanctuary from the horrors of Hell.

Vision Assistance

Diablo 4 Accessibility Options Explained Visual accessibility options
Below are all the vision assistance options that will aid players regardless of their visual capabilities. (Picture: Blizzard)

Font and Cursor Resizing

  • Players have the option to adjust the text size in the game, with three available options: small, medium, and large. These size adjustments ensure that the visual quality of the default menus is maintained.

In-Game Gear Audio Cues

  • When hovering the cursor over an item, an audio cue will play to assist in locating it. Furthermore, players can now customize which rarity of items triggers the audio cue when dropped. This means that if you specifically want to hear when Legendary Items drop to optimize your farming efficiency, you can make that preference a reality.

Player and Item Highlighting

  • We aimed to provide players with an additional means of receiving gameplay-specific information. By default, when gear drops from enemies, you will see an animation and a color indicating its rarity. This feature introduces sound cues to help players of all abilities locate their loot while engaging in demon slaying.
  • Items on the ground also emit ambient audio cues, indicating not only their presence but also their rarity. As mentioned earlier, players can choose which types of items and rarities trigger these audio cues.
  • To enhance readability, players have the option to enable a feature that highlights players, enemies, objects, and NPCs with a personally selected color outline. We believe that players should be able to glance at the screen quickly and gather as much information as possible, even during intense combat. For more on this, feel free to check out the video embedded below. 

Screen Reader

  • Diablo IV includes a built-in screen reader and offers support for JAWS, NVDA, and other third-party screen reading software. The game's vast world contains a significant amount of text, and we wanted players with visual impairments to be able to dive right in and understand the gear they're using, as well as the options available to them in shops. Enabling this feature allows players to have in-game menu text read aloud to them. Additionally, there are various options to adjust the volume, speed, and voice type for the text-to-speech functionality.

And there you have it, an exhaustive look at all the accessibility settings that will be available in Diablo 4. The developers also urge players to provide direct feedback via the accessibility email address and aid the devs in refining the accessibility and making the game playable for anyone. 

For more Diablo 4, be sure to check out our dedicated section or some of our Guides & Tutorials just below:

Diablo 4 Season 2 Guides
Class Builds & Tier Lists


Tech Guides & Fixes
World, Maps & Locations
Diablo 4 Items & Slots
Legendary Aspects
Gameplay Systems
The Story, Lore & Characters
Diablo 4 Season Guides

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