New Xbox Adaptive Controller Announced

New Xbox Adaptive Controller Announced”

What do you make of the peripheral and its accessibility?

"To make the Xbox Adaptive Controller a viable solution for the widest possible range of gamers with limited mobility, we've worked closely with third-party manufacturers to support external inputs which can be plugged in to the new controller", Microsoft's Phil Spencer wrote. We worked closely with them and directly with gamers who have limited mobility to assist in our development.

The Xbox Adaptive controller aims to bring accessibility for all gamers especially for those who are not able to use the traditional controller by allowing for connection between different buttons and joystick as the controller is highly customizable and the level of customization for this Xbox adaptive controller is quite impressive. Microsoft also describes a setup using RAM Mounts with connected buttons lets you use your leg to control gameplay, as they form a sort of brace around your leg. In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in.

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. The Xbox Adaptive Controller is headed our way. More recommended partner devices can be found here.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller works with the Xbox One console, as well as PCs running Windows 10. "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".

Microsoft has been doing loads of stuff lately to empower people who deserve extra care.

In the meantime hear Microsoft demonstrate the device in their video below. It'll only be available through the Microsoft Store and retails for $US99, with no Australian pricing available at the time of writing. Microsoft will announce more details about the controller during E3, while pre-order availability details will also be shared in due time.

It's great to see a hardware maker thinking this way about making its products more accessible to a wider audience.

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