Microsoft Announces the Xbox Adaptive Controller for Players With Disabilities

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Previously it launched a co-pilot control scheme that lets you access certain elements of the game while someone else manages the rest.

Update: Microsoft has confirmed the Adaptive Xbox Controller via a lengthy post on Xbox Wire. We couldn't be prouder to have their support in introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The pad itself can be hooked up to various external switches and mounts, allowing it to be customized so that it can cater to different groups of people experiencing different types of difficulties.

Original story: An accessible Xbox One controller has allegedly been leaked.

The controller has been worked on with assistance from AbleGamers, Warfighter Engaged, SpecialEffect, Craig Hospital and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. This also included a large number of gamers with accessibility needs who work with and through these organisations.

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The news comes as the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK has released a report saying more needs to be done to help disabled gamers.

According to Microsoft's Xbox team, besides implementing regular adaptive buttons, the new Xbox Adaptive Controller has two main big built-in buttons which can be reset to function as any of the default controller buttons via the Xbox Accessories utility. For all its precision and flexibility, mouse and keyboard isn't the most user-friendly input system, and any controller that can bring PC gaming to a wider audience is to be welcomed. Examples include PDP's One-Handed Joystick for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, and Quadstick's Game Controller.

Spencer says the Adaptive Controller "has been years in the making" and is a "passion project". More details will be revealed at E3 2018 in June.

Microsoft has been doing loads of stuff lately to empower people who deserve extra care. We can't wait to see more of it in use!

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