Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

Previously it launched a co-pilot control scheme that lets you access certain elements of the game while someone else manages the rest. It'll only be available through the Microsoft Store and retails for $US99, with no Australian pricing available at the time of writing.

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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. We can't wait to see more of it in use! For them, and happily, the wait for a first-party controller that could cater to a wide range of needs is nearly over.

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Xbox have announced their groundbreaking new controller which eliminates barriers to those with limited mobility who wish to play video games. Make sure you check out today's feature on Microsoft Story Labs and hear directly from Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie in her blog today to commemorate Global Accessibility Awareness Day. These principles have the deepest impact in how we are building products that are designed for everyone. "It's now part of the ecosystem of our family of devices". The controller also supports external inputs, including PDP's One-Handed Joystick.

Talking about the controller's conception, Xbox hardware programme manager, Gabi Michel, said: 'We think the traditional Xbox controller is an industry-leading design, but it's not accessible to gamers with limited mobility.

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Needless to say that this is a really cool move from Microsoft. This also included a large number of gamers with accessibility needs who work with and through these organisations. And the 3.5mm jacks - a standard used because it's compatible with the vast array of discrete switches and inputs many disabled gamers already own - have been given little troughs directly above each port to help guide wired plugs held by less nimble fingers into their respective holes. Another nice touch is that the back of the controller accepts a few different mounts. And it enables people to do the exact same things that every other player is doing.

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