Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

It was a odd, empowering feeling that put the life of a digital character in your hands and the classic NES controller was making it happen.

"If I want to play a game entirely with my feet, I can". To provide greater insight into the company's efforts to make its gaming products accessible to all, Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie has written an illuminating blogpost. That is all about to change. People with such disability will now be able to game with zero hassle with the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Check out the inclusive new controller in the video below.

Microsoft prepared a big story about the vision behind designing the controller, and how feedback from players with different disabilities shaped the design.

"For gamers with limited mobility, finding controller solutions to fit their individual needs has been challenging. A number of individuals and organizations are creating custom solutions, but it has been often hard for them to scale when most rigs need to be so personalized", wrote Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox in a blog post.

Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers
Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been developed through partnerships with charities such as The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect, Warfighter Engaged and Craig Hospital.

That's the cost of the adaptive controller itself.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller has two big programmable buttons on the face, and accepts 19 other inputs that represent the functions you see on a traditional controller. There are a USB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack on the left side visible, as well, which indicate that this accessory can be connected to other peripherals like keyboards and headsets.

"Our goal was to make the device as adaptable as possible, so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable", Phil Spencer notes.

Working with the Xbox family of devices and drivers, the Xbox Adaptive Controller was engineered to help tackle the issues and remove boundaries to gaming by being scalable to the unique requirements of the players with mobility limitations.


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