After working with the accessibility advocates for two years, Microsoft has just announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller. It’s designed to allow players with limited mobility to play Xbox and PC games. This is a huge step forward for gaming accessibility, and means that millions more players will get to enjoy games!
The controller was developed in partnership with AbleGamers, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged. The controller allows players to customize the setup, allowing for plug-and-play ports that are compatible with several peripherals and two large mobility buttons.
The controller is available exclusively through Microsoft now, but the pushing towards a more inclusive game space means we’ll hopefully be seeing other manufacturers embrace moving towards accessibility as well.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be available in September, and pre-orders will be available after Microsoft’s E3 presentation this year. Here’s to hoping that this kind of work keep getting put towards making games more inclusive for everyone!