Called the Xbox Adaptive Controller, the device is meant to be an easy-to-use and affordable way for gamers with limited mobility to play the games standard gamepads have so long created barriers to.
"For gamers with limited mobility, finding controller solutions to fit their individual needs has been challenging", said Spencer on Xbox Wire.
Recently, a leak made its way on the internet suggesting that Microsoft is working on a new Xbox controller for accessibility and now the company has officially announced the new Xbox Adaptive controller which brings accessibility for all players.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a white rectangular box that acts as a hub for the switches, buttons, controllers, and pedals that disabled gamers tend to favour over traditional controllers.
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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The device has been developed as a collaborative effort alongside various gaming charities, including SpecialEffect, an organisation that catres to helping those with disabilities enjoy video games. These can be programmed within the Xbox Accessories app to function as any of the standard Xbox controller's inputs.
The controller has been worked on with assistance from AbleGamers, Warfighter Engaged, SpecialEffect, Craig Hospital and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. As the name alludes, not everyone will use the Adaptive Controller the same way.
Microsoft has been doing loads of stuff lately to empower people who deserve extra care.
KitGuru Says: What SpecialEffect and accompanying charities do is incredible, but they often work in an unofficial capacity to make the interactive experience accessible for all.
Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller will only available exclusively through the Microsoft Store for $99.99, with more information set to arrive at this year's E3. As games grew more sophisticated, so did the controllers. Namely, the company announced the launch of an adaptive controller for Xbox specially created to improve accessibility. A specialized controller for those unable to play video games due to mobility issues.More news: Laurel or Yanny? It's Christmas for audio nerds