How to Play Video Games with a Visual Impairment

General Low Vision News
December 13, 2019

Don’t Let a Visual Impairment Keep You from the Victory Royale in Fortnite

Whether you like its bright colors, infectious dance emotes, and its use of in-game currency, or you simply prefer spending your free time in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world, Fortnite might just be your favorite video game ever. And you’re not alone – with more than 250 million players, Fortnite is the world’s most popular video game.

Advanced technology, combined with smart game play and savvy tips, can help you spot the enemies, steer clear of danger, and prolong your survival. This is especially true if you play videos games with a visual impairment. Macular degeneration, Stargardt disease, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other eye conditions can make it hard to see the video game screen clearly enough to build bases, share loot, or spot enemies.

Don’t let a visual impairment nerf your game – take advantage of every weapon available to get to the Victory Royale. Using just a handful of tools and tips can help you go full send.

Young girl plays video games using her eSight

Top 7 Tips for Playing Video Games if You Have a Visual Impairment

1. Get up close

Play on a smartphone and hold the phone extremely close to (almost touching) your eye.

2. Reduce glare

Bright lights and windows can produce glare on your screen. Close a shade or move the screen away from the window.

3. Get a larger computer screen

It might seem obvious, but re-jig your space to ensure your seat is the closest to the computer screen or get a larger screen.

eSight for Playing Video Games with a Visual Impairment

4. Use your eSight

eSight features a high-speed, high-definition camera that captures video of the graphic images in Fortnite (and everything else you see in real life). eSight’s algorithms enhance the video feed to before displaying it on two, OLED screens that sit in front of your eyes. You will enjoy the full-color video images of this popular video game with unprecedented visual clarity. Because there is virtually no lag, you’ll be able to keep up with all the fast-paced action Fortnite has to offer.

5. Plug it in

Use an HDMI cable to connect your eSight to your computer or smartphone. This direct connection provides the clearest possible video graphics to your eSight. Using the HDMI cable can also advance your experience as it helps you feel more immersed when playing video games with a visual impairment.

6. Use Bioptic Tilt

If you use your TV to play Fortnite, play around with the Bioptic Tilt capability, which lets you adjust the position of the device to get the best possible view of your targets. As an added bonus, Bioptic Tilt balances your field of view to improve comfort and help you avoid nausea or motion sickness that can happen in fast-paced gaming. Using eSight with HDMI and Biopic Tilt also makes Fortnite feel like virtual reality, which is a whole lot more fun.

7. Turn up the contrast and adjust the exposure

Dial up the contrast or change the contrast mode to give the video game more definition. Set and lock the manual exposure to give yourself the best view of the game.

The materials you use, and how you use them, go a long way in determining if you reach the Victory Royale in Fornite. Use eSight and other tools to overcome many of the challenges you face in your favorite video game.

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