Microsoft unveils the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Microsoft unveils the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Unfortunately, there are people with disabilities for whom the gaming controller proves to be a barrier for entry. This development had a dark side - controllers' growing complexity have made it increasingly hard for different-abled bodies to join in the fun. The company is taking help from various organizations and hospitals to make accessibility a lot more viable for those needy people. That is all about to change.

Leaked earlier in the week, today Microsoft formally announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a controller created to empower gamers with specific mobility and control needs to play as well as anyone else. Strangely, their learnings for the new controller came from one that was launched for pros, the elite controller. It allows users to swap in or remove parts as they choose and this was precisely the reason why it proved to be a hit among disabled gamers.

Original story: An accessible Xbox One controller has allegedly been leaked.

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While it might nearly be second nature for many gamers to pick up a gamepad and flick sticks, pull triggers and press buttons as they jump around in a first person shooter, there are many gamers who need to play with limited mobility.

'They usually require custom solutions which can cost thousands of dollars and a lot of technical expertise to set up; you often have to go to a non-profit organisation to get them made and there are waiting lists. A number of individuals and organizations are creating custom solutions, but it has been often hard for them to scale when most rigs need to be so personalized.

In a bid to assist gamers with restricted mobility and to champion inclusive design in gaming, Microsoft has officially unveiled a different kind of controller: the Xbox Adaptive Pad. The controller is fully programmable, and contains a wide variety of input options to map various buttons to. The peripheral also appears to sport a USB port and 3.5mm audio jack. Two large buttons can easily be reprogrammed through the Accessories app to function as any of the standard Xbox buttons. 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. Our goal was to make the device as adaptable as possible so that players can create a configuration that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible and affordable. It's compatible with Xbox One and Windows PC, and its compatible with every major third-party controller for players with disabilities now available like PDP's One Handed Joystick, Quadstick's Game Controller.

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