Microsoft unveiled yesterday the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which was developed entirely for players with disabilities so that they can game comfortably and with greater ease. As everyone is unique and so are their individual requirements, this controller was developed so that its use would be tailored around a particular person's needs rather than a general group of consumers.
The Xbox Adaptive controller was designed in partnership with organizations such as The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft has created a controller with oversized buttons, USB ports, a large directional stick, 25 hour battery, and 19 inputs that allow you to customize the inputs for every button on an Xbox controller.
The most amazing part of the controller is the ability to customize every single function of the normal controller with an external input of the user's choice. This is done through the 19 3.5mm ports on the back of the controller that represent every button and movement that can be done on the traditional controller. This allows players with disabilities to customize the controller by plugging in different inputs that control each individual function.
This approach just makes sense and it opens up the world of gaming to to players whose disabilities are varied.
Gamers who have tested the controller for Microsoft already love it.
Dan Bertholomey, who lost the use of his right arm and hand after a hit-and-run accident, was using a hacked together controller to allow him to continue playing, but it was awkward and uncomfortable to use. With the new controller from Microsoft, Bertholomey says "The possibilities are endless. There's so much you can do with it. I've been searching for a one-handed controller for years. I'm so grateful to have a product like this. Microsoft is my hero now more than ever".
The Xbox Adaptivity Controller will be sold at the Microsoft Store for $99 later this year. Players who are interested can sign up to be notified when it is available.