Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

The new controller “was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers’ needs.”

Leaked earlier in the week, today Microsoft formally announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a controller created to empower gamers with specific mobility and control needs to play as well as anyone else. The company didn't confirm anything at the time of its appearance; but now it's official. We couldn't be prouder to have their support in introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller. "The fact that they are able to mass produce this device and make it very affordable for the average gamer is just awesome". They can be reprogrammed to act as any of the standard controller's button inputs via the Xbox Accessories app. Where the Adaptive Controller earns its name is in how it connects to a huge range of other input devices, such as joysticks, buttons, switches, foot pedals, mouth pieces, and conventional controllers. In a recent video unloaded by Microsoft, they provide numerous uses for the controller and how to give gamers the chance to get back into gaming. These inputs include PDP's One-Handed Joystick for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, and Quadstick's Game Controller.

For Steven Spohn, a volunteer who also serves as the chief operations officer of Washington, D.C. -based AbleGamers, the creation of the Adaptive Controller presents a possible game-changer. More recommended partner devices can be found here.

Xbox Adaptive controller is a device targeted to the people who don't have the luxury to use their hands like normal people. This has been a passion project for people around the world, both inside Microsoft and beyond. "On our journey of inclusive design, we have taken a wider view of our fans and a more inclusive approach to designing for them".

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The Xbox Adaptive Controller allows for different accessibility devices to be easily connected and mapped to standard controller functions

The charity were one of several accessibility non-profits and special interest groups asked by Microsoft to be in involved in the planning and development phases of the controller. The controller will be available later this year and priced at $100 United States dollars, exclusive to the Microsoft Store. "We felt like we needed to do more for this audience".

Since it is seen by the Xbox as a regular controller, gamers can play any Xbox One game just as they would with the traditional remote.

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