The Xbox Adaptive Controller Was Designed With Disabled Gamers in Mind
Xbox has created a new controller for gamers with disabilities called the Xbox Adaptive controller and revealed the new controller in an official trailer that was released on Thursday. You can watch the trailer below!
The controller’s existence had been leaked earlier this week by a Twitter user known as “WalkingCat”.
A gamer identified as “John” in the trailer talked about how the cerebral palsy that affected the entire right side of his body made it difficult for him to play video games. Game consoles have become more sophisticated as time has went on which caused him frustration, John explained. However, in the video, it seems like with the Xbox Adaptive controller has made gaming easier for him.
The Xbox Adaptive controller is designed “primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility”, according to its official webpage. The controller has “large programmable buttons and connects to external switches, buttons, mounts, and joysticks to help make gaming more accessible.”
“At Xbox, we have a controller designed that our fans love,” said James Shield, a Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft. “However, for gamers with limited mobility or gamers who don’t use both hands, this controller design might not work for them.”
Shields said that the Xbox Adaptive controller was designed “through feedback from the accessibility community”.
“With the Xbox Adaptive controller, a gamer can game with one hand and one foot or one hand and their shoulder or even one foot and their chin,” Shields said.
The Xbox Adaptive controller is scheduled to come out later this year and will cost $99.99.