With gamers' charity SpecialEffect involved in the design and testing of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, the device includes large programmable buttons and a series of 3.5mm jacks on the back, enabling the connection of a whole variety of external devices. Included in the announcement is a lengthy, but wonderful article, on Xbox Blog, about how the Xbox Adaptive Controller was designed. It also acts as a hub for all manner of accessibility input options.
In one example, CNET, which tried out the new controller, described how one player it interviewed needed both hands to hold the controller, leaving no ability to hit other buttons in a traditional setting.
The hope is that this adaptive controller will offer a almost universal solution to those who aren't able to easily use traditional controllers.
The tech giant has also collaborated with charities such as SpecialEffect, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation and The AbleGamers Charity to examine how users with disabilities play games, the news site reports.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller allows for different accessibility devices to be easily connected and mapped to standard controller functions
Meet the Xbox Adaptive Controller, It is a first-of-its-kind device as an affordable, easy-to-set-up, and readily available Xbox Wireless Controller designed for gamers with limited mobility. Even better is that any button can be remapped using the Xbox Accessories app, and it can be used in tandem with a standard controller through Xbox One's co-pilot feature. "The Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers' needs".
Microsoft built the Xbox Adaptive Controller with maximum accessibility in mind. I've been searching for a one-handed controller for years.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer said the Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address the challenges faced by gamers with physical disabilities while pushing the boundaries of how technology can make gaming more accessible to all. These will be sold separately, and we imagine more details will be unveiled at E3 2018.
The Adaptive Controller is expected to retail for $99 in the U.S. There is no word on its global release date or price point.
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