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Accessible Xbox One controller confirmed, available this year

Accessible Xbox One controller confirmed, available this year

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. You can check out the introductory view down below, which details the features and various functions of the controller and how it works. This allows disabled players to map specific controls to a device of their choosing, facilitating literally thousands of device combinations so that they can easily create an interface that lets them play games the way they were meant to be played, with no physical disadvantage.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will launch later this year and will be available exclusively through the official Microsoft store for $99.99.

For many a gaming setup that supports their needs can cost thousands of pounds and require specialist help from either charities or companies that can make bespoke controllers.

It's a very moving video highlighting how the Xbox Adaptive Controller can provide an avenue for gamers with limited mobility. It also has two large built-in buttons which can be reprogrammed to act as any standard controller button input by using the Xbox Accessories app. Then he hopped into the racing game Forza Horizon 3 and began playing one-handed just as well as anyone I'd seen using a traditional controller.

Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox Adaptive Controller, created to enable gamers with severe disabilities to be able to play Xbox One games.

Accessible Xbox One controller confirmed, available this year
Accessible Xbox One controller confirmed, available this year

SpecialEffect's Founder and CEO, Dr Mick Donegan, said: "This has been a milestone collaboration for us".

Microsoft collaborated with charities including The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect, and The AbleGamers Charity to research its user base.

The fact is players like BrolyLegs have been left to their own to come up with solutions or rely on hardware hacks or third parties to make the games they play more accessible.

Xbox Adaptive Controller Price - how much is it?

In a bid to assist gamers with restricted mobility and to champion inclusive design in gaming, Microsoft has officially unveiled a different kind of controller: the Xbox Adaptive Pad.

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