Microsoft formally announce the Xbox Adaptive Controller

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

Xbox Reveals 'Adaptive Pad' For Accessible Gaming

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".

A few days ago, an image for an interesting new controller design for Xbox One appeared online, suggesting that Microsoft was providing a way for people with limited mobility to play their favorite games.

It's a very moving video highlighting how the Xbox Adaptive Controller can provide an avenue for gamers with limited mobility.

The idea is to make the controller usable with as many disabilities as possible, and the Xbox Adaptive Controller is created to act as sort of a hub that manages the various other controllers it can be attached to.

Gaming is important to many disabled people as it allows them to socialise and compete with others on an equal basis. XAC connects just like a normal Xbox controller and can be used with a PC as well. Other organisations included The AbleGamers Foundation, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect and Warfighter Engaged.

On the back, you'll find 19 3.5mm jacks that map to all the inputs you'll find on a standard controller, like the triggers, action buttons, joysticks, and directional buttons.

Microsoft worked with two major partners to accomplish the objective of the device, Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick and Quadstick's Game Controller.

Devices that will work with the Xbox Adaptive Controller. It was able to get support to move to the next stage of development in 2016 for working out a business case pitch for the controller with a refined concept coming at the next Hackathon. We wanted to solve all those problems; we created the Xbox adaptive controller to be accessible and affordable'.

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The controller will likely be on hand during this year's Xbox Fanfest and looks to be a remarkable way to bring players into games.

It's a really wonderful and inclusive peripheral by Microsoft for Xbox One and Windows 10, and deserves to be commended.

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