Microsoft Introduces Xbox One Adaptive Controller

The Xbox Accessible Controller is designed to have accessories plugged in to meet needs of gamers with disabilities

Microsoft formally announce the Xbox Adaptive Controller (video)

"Joining the Xbox family of controllers and devices, the Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers' needs", wrote Phile Spencer in a blog post.

While it might nearly be second nature for many gamers to pick up a gamepad and flick sticks, pull triggers and press buttons as they jump around in a first person shooter, there are many gamers who need to play with limited mobility.

Nick Bungay, director of campaigns, care and information at the charity, said: "Microsoft's new Xbox adaptive controller will make a real difference to disabled people, particularly those with a muscle-wasting condition whose movements will become increasingly limited over time".

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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. What we couldn't see in that single image that leaked was the 19 different 3.5mm inputs on the top edge of the controller.

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According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, the two large buttons featured on the pad are fully reprogrammable, so that users can map them to any of the standard controller's input buttons by using the Xbox Accessories app.

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In the meantime hear Microsoft demonstrate the device in their video below.

Devices that will work with the Xbox Adaptive Controller. More recommended partner devices can be found here.

Microsoft has officially revealed the Xbox Adaptive Controller. To provide greater insight into the company's efforts to make its gaming products accessible to all, Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie has written an illuminating blogpost. Though born with a left hand that wasn't fully formed, he played games at both the arcade and at home as he grew up and considered himself a skillful player. A specialized controller for those unable to play video games due to mobility issues.

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And you can read the story of how the Xbox Adaptive Controller came into being - a process which has been in train for years - here.

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