See the Xbox Adaptive Controller in Action


Gamers' charity SpecialEffect are proud to confirm their involvement in the design and testing of Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller, a customisable Xbox Wireless Controller designed primarily for gamers with limited mobility. As the name alludes, not everyone will use the Adaptive Controller the same way. Microsoft took feedback from various foundations and hospitals such as AbleGamers, Craig Hospital, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and Warfighter Engaged. "The fact that they are able to mass produce this device and make it very affordable for the average gamer is just unbelievable". Two large buttons can easily be reprogrammed through the Accessories app to function as any of the standard Xbox buttons. The controller also supports a wide range of external inputs which can be plugged into the new controller. These inputs include PDP's One-Handed Joystick for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, and Quadstick's Game Controller. In this sense, the adaptive controller is both a controller and a switch. More recommended partner devices can be found here.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will release later this year at $100. "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". 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. It'll only be available through the Microsoft Store and retails for $US99, with no Australian pricing available at the time of writing.

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Microsoft has been doing loads of stuff lately to empower people who deserve extra care. That custom controller, optimized to individual's needs, would often cost hundreds of dollars to create, significantly more than Microsoft's target price. "The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be launching later this year, and we'll share more information soon about pre-order availability". We can't wait to see more of it in use!

Disabled gamers sadly can not play video games sometimes since some of them aren't able to use their hands properly.