Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

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

Xbox Reveals 'Adaptive Pad' For Accessible Gaming

The XAC will surely be compatible with PC, given Microsoft's efforts to unite Windows 10 and Xbox, and this makes today's announcement even better news.

"For gamers with limited mobility, finding controller solutions to fit their individual needs has been challenging". This follows Microsoft's past attempts at bringing gaming to all possible audiences.

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.

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

Microsoft has worked with various charities and community groups, as well as disabled gamers, when designing to the controller to come up with the flawless design to help open up gaming to even more people. No India availability has been announced just yet either. Microsoft took feedback from various foundations and hospitals such as AbleGamers, Craig Hospital, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and Warfighter Engaged. Our goal was to make the device as adaptable as possible, so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable,"Spencer's post reads". They can be reprogrammed to act as any of the standard controller's button inputs via the Xbox Accessories app.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller - or XAC - will cost $99. Additionally, the Xbox Adaptive Controller supports external inputs from a range of third-party manufacturers, including PDP, Logitech, and Quadstick (you can see a full list here). "We realize that this is only one step along our journey of inclusive design and that we have more work ahead", Spencer said.

More about the controller's genesis can be found over at Microsoft's Story Labs, and the official Microsoft Store listing. We can't wait to see more of it in use!

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