Microsoft to Release Fully Customizable Controller for Disabled Gamers

If you are a gamer who cannot use a traditional controller due to a disability of some sort, Microsoft has something truly great to look at. The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a fully customizable Xbox One controller designed specifically to accommodate non-traditional inputs, such as footpads and custom joysticks. It wirelessly connects to both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs.

The controller looks similar to an arcade pad, but with a large format D-Pad instead of a joystick and two large touch sensitive ‘clicky’ buttons instead of the full array of inputs. It features (19) 3.5mm input jacks on the back of the unit, one for each button on the controller, which allows nearly any device to be plugged in. These inputs are labeled on the top and rear of the unit, so users don’t have to turn it around each time. They are hot swappable, so inputs can be changed on the fly. On both sides are USB ports for a custom joystick inputs. On the left side of the unit are the traditional controller buttons: Xbox, menu, and view. Below that is a profile button that allows players to cycle between three different mapping options. This expands on the existing remapping feature added to the Xbox One a while back, which let’s you change your inputs from the menu for each game. Microsoft already has the copilot feature, which let’s two people control the same player.

Microsoft has been working with AbleGamers, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged to make this controller possible. The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be available later this year for $100.


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