Xbox reveal the Adaptive Controller - designed for accessibility

Joanna Estrada
May 17, 2018

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). People with such disability will now be able to game with zero hassle with the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Leaked earlier in the week, today Microsoft formally announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a controller created to empower gamers with specific mobility and control needs to play as well as anyone else.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will release later this year at $100.

At Microsoft, we believe in empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in. Each slot on the back is labeled for its corresponding traditional button, making setting up the controller as simple as "plug and play".

Solomon Romney using the Xbox Adaptive Controller
Solomon Romney using the Xbox Adaptive Controller

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. Like the regular controller, there is also a headphone jack so gamers trash talk friends and competitors online.

The key word in the controller's billing is "adaptive".

To develop the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Microsoft consulted and worked with organizations such as the AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, Special Effect and Warfighter Engaged, as well as gamers with limited mobility. Thankfully, Microsoft has made a new controller that will make it easier for some disabled people to finally play games again. The controller will be available from the Microsoft Store, with Microsoft to reveal more at E3 in a few weeks.

The Adaptive Controller "will be in what we like to call the 'presents range, '" Spohn says. 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. "The fact that they are able to mass produce this device and make it very affordable for the average gamer is just fantastic".

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