Inclusive design

Microsoft unveils Xbox Adaptive Controller for gamers with disabilities

Microsoft's new Xbox Adaptive Controller will help people with disabilities to play games on Xbox One or Windows 10.

Xbox Adaptive Controller group with input devices

Microsoft officially announces the Xbox Adaptive Controller, which is a new gaming controller designed specifically for people with disabilities that works on Xbox One as well as on devices running Windows 10.

The new controller uses an “inclusive design approach” with two large buttons that can be easily programmed using the Xbox Accessories app. In addition to the standard D-pad and Xbox specific buttons, the Adaptive Controller includes 3 USB ports and 19 jacks to connect other input devices, such as another joystick, triggers, or thumbsticks.

Xbox Adaptive Controller I/O
Xbox Adaptive Controller I/O

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is very customizable and easy to use, but it’s not a solution that will work with every person out-of-the-box. However, thanks to the ability to connect different input devices and use the Xbox Accessories app to configure the experience makes the controller compatible for virtually any gamer’s needs.

Although it’s possible to find controller solutions for gamers with limited mobility, it’s a challenge to find a controller that fits a gamer specific needs, and they’re also expensive.

Microsoft has been working in partnership with many organizations around the world to create a controller that is adaptable as possible, extensive, easy to use, and affordable.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will cost $99.99, and it’s expected to be available later this year exclusively from the Microsoft Store.