Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Disabled Gamers

Mindy Sparks
May 17, 2018

Microsoft designed the controller in collaboration with The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged.

It's a very moving video highlighting how the Xbox Adaptive Controller can provide an avenue for gamers with limited mobility.

Leaked earlier in the week, today Microsoft formally announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a controller created to empower gamers with specific mobility and control needs to play as well as anyone else.

While this design is one that looks to cater to accessibility, the Xbox Elite Controller, also known by the codename "Spider" according to sources, will also offer a few improvements on the standard Xbox One controller.

Costing $99.99 the device is on the high end for a controller but quite cheap for a specialist device compared to custom solutions available elsewhere. We worked closely with them and directly with gamers who have limited mobility to assist in our development.

The device is as adaptable as possible so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable. Additionally, the Xbox Adaptive Controller supports external inputs from a range of third-party manufacturers, including PDP, Logitech, and Quadstick (you can see a full list here). "More recommended partner devices can be found here". That's where the Xbox Adaptive Controller comes in. "On our journey of inclusive design, we have taken a wider view of our fans and a more inclusive approach to designing for them".

Twitter users who pressed h0x0d for details, on whether the image represents a new Xbox, or even something related to Microsoft's new Mixed Reality or Cloud Gaming projects, finally elicited a reply.

He concluded, "At $99.99 Dollars and available exclusively through Microsoft Store, the Xbox Adaptive Controller will offer significant value over the customized alternatives that exist today".

The Adaptive Controller isn't available for sale just yet, but the official Microsoft store page is already up, and you can keep track of it here.

Some features reportedly being added to the new controller were based on feedback from users, particularly those that are looking for controllers that are more customizable.

We'll likely have to wait until E3 2018 to see if the controller is officially announced.

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