Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device with the potential to make gaming accessible to players with disabilities worldwide. The new controller can be connected to external buttons, switches, joysticks and mounts, giving gamers with a wide range of physical disabilities the ability to customise their setups to suit specific needs.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is designed in conjunction with charities like AbleGamers and The Cerebral Palsy Foundation. It can be used to play Xbox One and Windows 10 PC games and supports Xbox Wireless Controller features such as button remapping.
Solomon Romney, a Microsoft Stores retail learning specialist based in Salt Lake City, has been gaming with the new controller for a few months. Romney was born without fingers on his left hand, so he uses the Xbox Adaptive Controller to remap the buttons that are difficult to navigate and adds switches depending on the game.
“I can make the controls fit my body, my desires, and I can change them anytime I want,” he said. “You plug in whatever you want and go. It takes virtually no time to set it up and use it. It could not be simpler.”
The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be available later this year and priced at $99 USD. Australian pricing will be available soonish. More information is expected to be revealed during E3 2018. In other Xbox news, the console exclusive State of Decay 2 launches 18th May and also made our list of the must play games of May 2018.