Microsoft formally announce the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Microsoft unveils its clever new Xbox Adaptive Controller for gamers with disabilities

"Joining the Xbox family of controllers and devices, the Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers' needs", wrote Phile Spencer in a blog post.

Spencer went on to say that Microsoft has been working on the Xbox Adaptive Controller for "years" already-and it may not be the last piece of kit that Microsoft creates with inclusivity in mind. Other organisations included The AbleGamers Foundation, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect and Warfighter Engaged. "The fact that they are able to mass produce this device and make it very affordable for the average gamer is just fantastic".

In the meantime hear Microsoft demonstrate the device in their video below. Two large buttons can easily be reprogrammed through the Accessories app to function as any of the standard Xbox buttons.

Rumours were doing the rounds on the internet that Microsoft might come with a new kind of Xbox controller called Xbox Adaptive Controller. These inputs include PDP's One-Handed Joystick for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, and Quadstick's Game Controller.

The key word in the controller's billing is "adaptive". More recommended partner devices can be found here.

The controller features a USB-C port along with nineteen 3.5 mm ports which basically represent Xbox gamepad's button. "We're thrilled to introduce it to the world today, tell the story behind it, and take what we have learned on our journey to inform future initiatives in inclusive design". Microsoft will announce more details about the controller during E3, while pre-order availability details will also be shared in due time.

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

We'll report back more on the controller as more is known. A specialized controller for those unable to play video games due to mobility issues.

It's great to see a hardware maker thinking this way about making its products more accessible to a wider audience.

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