Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft Have Made An Xbox Adaptive Controller For Gamers With Limited Mobility

Microsoft Have Made An Xbox Adaptive Controller For Gamers With Limited Mobility

"For gamers with limited mobility, finding controller solutions to fit their individual needs has been challenging".

Following an image leak a couple of days ago showing an Xbox controller with a new and unusual design, Microsoft has formally announced at E3 that it is the Xbox Adaptive Controller and has been designed for gamers with limited mobility.

In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already have, there are two large buttons built in. It's compatible with Xbox One and Windows PC, and its compatible with every major third-party controller for players with disabilities now available like PDP's One Handed Joystick, Quadstick's Game Controller. Rather than using a peripheral adapted to their bodies, as most players do, they need to adapt themselves to what's available. We couldn't be prouder to have their support in introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

The device has been developed as a collaborative effort alongside various gaming charities, including SpecialEffect, an organisation that catres to helping those with disabilities enjoy video games. Then he hopped into the racing game Forza Horizon 3 and began playing one-handed just as well as anyone I'd seen using a traditional controller.

The new controller was supposedly developed in consultation with a range of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including AbleGamers and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and is created to support a variety of plugs and common inputs for accessibility.


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These jacks all correspond with a different function or button on the standard Xbox controller, so that these can be separated and assigned to various control schemes.

Spencer continued, "The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been years in the making, though we realize that this is only one step along our journey of inclusive design and that we have more work ahead".

This controller will support both Xbox One and Windows 10, and you can find its announcement trailer below.

The new adaptive controller was designed in partnership with gaming organisations that help disabled gamers like The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged.

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