Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

Microsoft unveils its clever new Xbox Adaptive Controller for gamers with disabilities

Xbox Reveals 'Adaptive Pad' For Accessible Gaming

"We worked with the community to ensure we were building the right product". We have been on a journey of inclusive design, which celebrates and draws inspiration from people who are often overlooked in the typical design process.

Romney, however, seems less interested in the details of the hardware and more interested in what it allows him and other disabled players to do, which is get back in the game.

After earlier leaks revealed Microsoft was designing a controller to increase gamer accessibility, Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The controller can lay flat on a table or lap and does not need to be held.

"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. Despite this, more than one in three young, disabled gamers told us they feel excluded due to a lack of accessibility.

Microsoft has developed an adaptive controller designed for Xbox gamers with limited mobility. The controller features large programmable buttons and connects to external devices such as switches, buttons, joysticks, and mounts, to help make gaming more accessible for everyone.

Xbox Adaptive Controller - what is it?

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A key feature of the adaptive controller is that it can be customised for the needs of different disabled users.

Spencer says the Adaptive Controller "has been years in the making" and is a "passion project".

Microsoft has been doing loads of stuff lately to empower people who deserve extra care. 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.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will launch later this year and will be available exclusively through the official Microsoft store for $99.99.

What's more, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is designed for true plug-and-play efficiency.

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