Microsoft announces Xbox Adaptive Controller for players with disabilities
On behalf of Global Accessibility Awareness day, Microsoft has officially announced that they have created the Xbox Adaptive Controller for players with disabilities.
Designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unified hub for devices that help make gaming more accessible. Connect external devices such as switches, buttons, mounts, and joysticks to create a custom controller experience that is uniquely yours. Button, thumbstick, and trigger inputs are controlled with assistive devices (sold separately) connected through 3.5mm jacks and USB ports You check out how it works in the video below.
In their official announcement, Microsoft also revealed that they had been working with third-party manufacturers to create external inputs that can be plugged into the new controller. So far, they have listed that these inputs include PDP’s One-Handed Joystick for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech’s Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, and Quadstick’s Game Controller. Depending on the success of the product, Microsoft will most likely add more external inputs that cover a heavier range of disabilities for their customers. The customization component of the Xbox Adaptive Controller brings the company one step closer to a more inclusive gaming platform and increases the reach of Microsoft’s customer base.
The product will be available exclusively through Microsoft Store and will cost $99.99 USD. This price does not take into account the external inputs.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be launching later this year, but no specific date has been announced. More information on the product will be revealed by Microsoft at E3.