Xbox reveal the Adaptive Controller - designed for accessibility

Ruben Fields
May 17, 2018

This also included a large number of gamers with accessibility needs who work with and through these organisations. Our goal was to make the device as adaptable as possible, so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable,"Spencer's post reads". 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 couldn't be prouder to have their support in introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

On the back, you'll find 19 3.5mm jacks that map to all the inputs you'll find on a standard controller, like the triggers, action buttons, joysticks, and directional buttons.

Called the Xbox Adaptive Controller, the new $99.99 device is unlike the regular Xbox One remotes designed for two-handed use.

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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In the meantime hear Microsoft demonstrate the device in their video below. Microsoft says it will be out later this year, though given that some of the accessories the company has partnered to create for the controller are slated to be released next month it is possible that the wait for Adaptive Controller won't be too long. "Microsoft have a competitively-priced product here that has massive potential to help many more people globally to enjoy the magic of video games". "We're thrilled to introduce it to the world today, tell the story behind it, and take what we have learned on our journey to inform future initiatives in inclusive design".

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 Adaptive Controller isn't available for sale just yet, but the official Microsoft store page is already up, and you can keep track of it here. "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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