New Xbox One controller for disabled gamers announced by Microsoft

17 May, 2018, 15:00 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Microsoft unveils its clever new Xbox Adaptive Controller for gamers with disabilities

The Xbox had already gained a whole host of new accessibility features including the ability to let two players to control one character.

Development on the controller supposedly began around four years ago, when a Microsoft engineer noticed a custom gaming controller created by the non-profit Warfighter Engaged. According to a blog post from Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, the Adaptive Controller is the end result of "an inclusive design approach and considerations of gamers who might not be able to reach all the bumpers and triggers or hold a controller for an extended period of time, for example".

Microsoft has officially revealed the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Microsoft collaborated with charities including The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect, and The AbleGamers Charity to research its user base. In a recent video unloaded by Microsoft, they provide numerous uses for the controller and how to give gamers the chance to get back into gaming.

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Microsoft has developed an adaptive controller designed for Xbox gamers with limited mobility. These jacks all correspond with a different function or button on the standard Xbox controller, so that these can be separated and assigned to various control schemes. Then he hopped into the racing game Forza Horizon 3 and began playing one-handed just as well as anyone I'd seen using a traditional controller.

SpecialEffect's Founder and CEO, Dr Mick Donegan, said: "This has been a milestone collaboration for us".

'Our experience in helping people with complex physical disabilities to access video games has enabled us to provide not only very relevant advice about features and design, but also direct feedback from a user-centred perspective. The company is taking help from various organizations and hospitals to make accessibility a lot more viable for those needy people. Though born with a left hand that wasn't fully formed, he played games at both the arcade and at home as he grew up and considered himself a skillful player.

"Joining the Xbox family of controllers and devices, the Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers' needs".


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