Sunday, 23 September, 2018


New Xbox Adaptive Controller aims to help gamers with disabilities

Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller
Melba Vasquez | 17 May, 2018, 12:07

Microsoft says it will be out later this year, though given that some of the accessories the company has partnered to create for the controller are slated to be released next month it is possible that the wait for Adaptive Controller won't be too long.

Rumours were doing the rounds on the internet that Microsoft might come with a new kind of Xbox controller called Xbox Adaptive Controller. It'll only be available through the Microsoft Store and retails for $US99, with no Australian pricing available at the time of writing. That's why I'm so excited about today's Microsoft Story Labs feature which shares an in-depth look at our newest piece of hardware which we believe will enable and empower even more Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers across the globe: The Xbox Adaptive Controller. Developed out of an internal Microsoft hackathon in 2015, there are no directional pads, colorful A/B/X/Y buttons or triggers on this controller.

"In the USA we estimate that 14% of Xbox One gamers have a temporary mobility limitation and that 8% of gamers have a permanent mobility limitation", Navin Kumar, director of product marketing for Xbox accessories.

It's great to see a hardware maker thinking this way about making its products more accessible to a wider audience. Microsoft worked with many organizations around the world in order to make this controller a reality for many disabled people across the globe. In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in.

Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller
Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller

However, it's the back of the accessibility controller that's truly special.

The device is 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. Further still, you can check out CNET's video above to hear Spencer speaking directly about the Xbox Adaptive Controller and Microsoft's social responsibility to help support gamers. We couldn't be prouder to have their support in introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller was made in collaboration with several organisations including The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged.

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