Gamers’ charity SpecialEffect and Microsoft have revealed a customisable Xbox Wireless Controller designed primarily for gamers with limited mobility, the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The controller features large programmable buttons and connects to external devices such as switches, buttons, joysticks, and mounts, to help make gaming more accessible for everyone.
SpecialEffect Founder and CEO Dr Mick Donegan said:
“This has been a milestone collaboration for us. Our experience in helping people with complex physical disabilities to access video games has enabled us to provide not only very relevant advice about features and design, but also direct feedback from a user-centred perspective. Microsoft have a competitively-priced product here that has massive potential to help many more people globally to enjoy the magic of video games.”
Needless to say that this is a really cool move from Microsoft. This controller will support both Xbox One and Windows 10, and you can find its announcement trailer below.
Dr Donegan concluded:
“Creating complex game control setups for people with severe disabilities takes time, care and specialist expertise. With so many factors to be considered – comfort, safety, positioning, equipment selection and mounting – this first-party product provides a terrifically versatile and effective way of connecting our game setups to the console.”