New Xbox One controller for disabled gamers announced by Microsoft

New Xbox One controller for disabled gamers announced by Microsoft

"Microsoft have a product here that has the potential to help many people globally to enjoy the magic of video games".

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. This also included a large number of gamers with accessibility needs who work with and through these organisations.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller was designed in collaboration with various charities that concentrate on making games accessible to those with severe disabilities, including The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Warfighter Engaged, Craig Hospital and the United Kingdom charity which has pioneered innovative accessibility-controllers, SpecialEffect.

Microsoft has developed an adaptive controller designed for Xbox gamers with limited mobility.

The 3 LED lights just above the directional pad are also very similar to that of the Xbox Elite Controller, an update to the standard Xbox One controller that has been leaked recently.

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Xbox Adaptive controller is a device targeted to the people who don't have the luxury to use their hands like normal people.

Microsoft's new device has been "years in the making" according to Xbox head Phil Spencer, designed in collaboration with various gaming charities such as the incredibly experienced UK-based charity SpecialEffect, The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital and Warfighter Engaged. 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. What do you make of the peripheral and its accessibility?

Costing $99.99 the device is on the high end for a controller but quite affordable for a specialist device compared to custom solutions available elsewhere. As games grew more sophisticated, so did the controllers.

Meanwhile, don't forget to check out Ability Week at Microsoft Store locations starting Tuesday, May 29, through Saturday, June 2, a five-day experience of events that showcases hearing, vision, mobility, and cognitive assistive technologies that empower people with accessibility needs.

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