Xbox Has a New Controller for Gamers with Limited Mobility, and it Looks Awesome
Microsoft announced a new controller for Xbox that is set to launch later this year and is designed for people with limited mobility. It’s called the Xbox Adaptive Controller, and it looks awesome.
Unlike traditional controllers that require both hands and a lot of dexterity, the Adaptive Controller can be used with one hand, a foot, a chin – it adapts to the needs of individual users. It enables gamers with limited mobility to enjoy gaming again, or for the first time.
The controller will work with both Xbox One and PC. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said the creation process of the controller had led the company to take a broader view of their fans. The company worked directly with The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and Craig Hospital, which is dedicated to rehabilitating individuals who suffered brain or spinal cord injuries.
Spencer says working directly with gamers with limited mobility inspired the developers to make an adaptive device that is both extensible and affordable. It provides them the kind of plug-and-play experience that was previously unavailable for individuals with their abilities.
The project is by no means new. Spencer said it has been in development for years already and is just the first piece of an intended kit for inclusivity the company plans to roll out.
More details about the Adaptive Controller and other Microsoft projects are on the way at the upcoming E3 conference. The controller will only be available through the Microsoft Store, and pre-order sales are expected to launch soon.