Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

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The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a new device by Microsoft designed for gamers with disabilities for whom the current lineup of controllers aren't suitable. All other connections and ports on the controller are for external controllers to be connected. Namely, the company announced the launch of an adaptive controller for Xbox specially created to improve accessibility. In addition to being compatible with official Xbox products, the Adaptive Controller is also supported by third-party accessories, such as Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, PDP's One-Handed Joystick and Quadstick's Game Controller, that can be plugged directly into the controller to tailor the custom experience further.

Recently, a leak made its way on the internet suggesting that Microsoft is working on a new Xbox controller for accessibility and now the company has officially announced the new Xbox Adaptive controller which brings accessibility for all players. Microsoft took feedback from various foundations and hospitals such as AbleGamers, Craig Hospital, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and Warfighter Engaged.

What they've developed is a device with two large programmable buttons and an array of inputs that can work with a wide range of other peripherals so that players can put together a set-up that suits their specific needs.

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On the back, you'll find 19 3.5mm jacks that map to all the inputs you'll find on a standard controller, like the triggers, action buttons, joysticks, and directional buttons.

Spencer continued, "The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been years in the making, though we realize that this is only one step along our journey of inclusive design and that we have more work ahead". We were wondering why is this even an important device as Microsoft already has Xbox controller. No release date for the Xbox Adaptive Controller has been announced yet but it will sport a $99.99 price tag (around Rs. 6,800) and be available exclusively via the Microsoft Store in the US. This has been a passion project for people around the world, both inside Microsoft and beyond.

In the meantime hear Microsoft demonstrate the device in their video below.

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