SpecialEffect collaborate in development of new Xbox Adaptive Controller

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

Microsoft has worked with various charities and community groups, as well as disabled gamers, when designing to the controller to come up with the flawless design to help open up gaming to even more people. This also included a large number of gamers with accessibility needs who work with and through these organisations.

Xbox has unveiled a new controller, specifically designed for gamers with limited mobility or conditions that make gaming with traditional controllers hard.

"To make the Xbox Adaptive Controller a viable solution for the widest possible range of gamers with limited mobility, we've worked closely with third-party manufacturers to support external inputs which can be plugged in to the new controller", said Spencer in the blog post. Rather than using a peripheral adapted to their bodies, as most players do, they need to adapt themselves to what's available.

A key feature of the adaptive controller is that it can be customised for the needs of different disabled users.

The 3 LED lights just above the directional pad are also very similar to that of the Xbox Elite Controller, an update to the standard Xbox One controller that has been leaked recently.


The device has been developed as a collaborative effort alongside various gaming charities, including SpecialEffect, an organisation that catres to helping those with disabilities enjoy video games.

The controller works on PC, and Xbox One, and players can remap the various functions using the Xbox Accessories App. "By working in partnership with Microsoft, we hope that today marks the first step towards a more inclusive videogaming culture". "The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be launching later this year, and we'll share more information soon about pre-order availability". We know from our own research that video games are important to many disabled people.

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.

And you can read the story of how the Xbox Adaptive Controller came into being - a process which has been in train for years - here.

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