Microsoft Looks Toward Accessibility With the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Microsoft unveils its clever new Xbox Adaptive Controller for gamers with disabilities

That's where the Xbox Adaptive Controller comes in.

"These inputs include PDP's One-Handed Joystick for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, and Quadstick's Game Controller".

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be sold exclusively through the Microsoft Store. To open up gaming to more people who might normally miss out, Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a versatile new device that can be connected to a range of different accessories to cater to different players' specific needs.

All of this is by design, to allow for all gamers to customize the controller to exactly what they need in order to play in the way that is most comfortable to them.

Limited mobility gamers are an underserved segment of the video game-playing populace.

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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At Microsoft, we believe in empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

As we first learned about in a leak earlier this week, Microsoft has developed an adaptive controller that's made to suit a broad range of physical limitations.

In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already have, there are two large buttons built in. Further still, you can check out CNET's video above to hear Spencer speaking directly about the Xbox Adaptive Controller and Microsoft's social responsibility to help support gamers.

Disabled gamers sadly can not play video games sometimes since some of them aren't able to use their hands properly. Our goal was to make the device as adaptable as possible, so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable.

The new controller was supposedly developed in consultation with a range of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including AbleGamers and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and is created to support a variety of plugs and common inputs for accessibility.

For Steven Spohn, a volunteer who also serves as the chief operations officer of Washington, D.C. -based AbleGamers, the creation of the Adaptive Controller presents a possible game-changer.

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