Costing $99.99 the device is on the high end for a controller but quite low-priced for a specialist device compared to custom solutions available elsewhere. Thankfully, Microsoft has made a new controller that will make it easier for some disabled people to finally play games again. It is highly customisable, with nineteen 3.5mm input jacks and two USB ports, which will be able to receive most specialist input devices right out of the box. You can check out the introductory view down below, which details the features and various functions of the controller and how it works.
The new controller was supposedly developed in consultation with a range of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including AbleGamers and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and is created to support a variety of plugs and common inputs for accessibility. Further still, you can check out CNET's video above to hear Spencer speaking directly about the Xbox Adaptive Controller and Microsoft's social responsibility to help support gamers.
The device is as adaptable as possible so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable.
Original story: An accessible Xbox One controller has allegedly been leaked. As the name alludes, not everyone will use the Adaptive Controller the same way.
"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". Examples include PDP's One-Handed Joystick for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, and Quadstick's Game Controller.
AbleGamers have been working on their own accessible controllers for several years now, and explain in their announcement that they've "been working secretly with Microsoft" to iterate on those designs and deliver "the best controller for people with physical disabilities to date". The company will talk more about this device at E3 which will take place in just a few weeks away.
The controller will likely be on hand during this year's Xbox Fanfest and looks to be a remarkable way to bring players into games.