Microsoft Introduces Xbox Adaptive Controller for the Disabled

Microsoft адаптировала контроллер Xbox One для людей с ограниченными возможностями

This means users of the Adaptive controller can play with someone else who is using the regular Xbox Wireless Controller to assist them.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be priced at $100 and will be available later this year. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft has created a controller with oversized buttons, USB ports, a large directional stick, 25 hour battery, and 19 inputs that allow you to customize the inputs for every button on an Xbox controller.

"Connect external devices such as switches, buttons, mounts, and joysticks to create a custom controller experience that is uniquely yours", says Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox.

In the UK, Microsoft has been working with Muscular Dystrophy UK to promote the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The team's goal was to manufacture something that's 'as adaptable as possible, ' while remaining both 'extensible and affordable'.

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Mastering the various buttons, thumbsticks, triggers and touchpads of video game controllers is hard enough, but it can be near impossible for people with limited mobility and forms of disability.

Ultimately, Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller aims at making gaming more fun for the 1 billion people around the globe that have disabilities. That could help mitigate the cost of such a controller, with the base unit set to retail at $99.99. 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. We can't wait to see more of it in use! The company will talk more about this device at E3 which will take place in just a few weeks away.

Previous options for differently-abled gamers involved expensive or technically challenging modifications to existing controllers.

KitGuru Says: What SpecialEffect and accompanying charities do is wonderful, but they often work in an unofficial capacity to make the interactive experience accessible for all. "The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be launching later this year, and we'll share more information soon about pre-order availability".

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