Following an image leak a couple of days ago showing an Xbox controller with a new and unusual design, Microsoft has formally announced at E3 that it is the Xbox Adaptive Controller and has been designed for gamers with limited mobility. As the name suggests it's designed for accessibility and targets gamers with limited mobility.
The core of the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a flat slab of a device, complete with two large buttons created to be much easier to access, as well as a d-pad and other smaller buttons. The Xbox Adaptive Controller is the company's newest product for people with mobility limitations, who were struggling to get a controller that could meet their needs at a low cost. Two large buttons can easily be reprogrammed through the Accessories app to function as any of the standard Xbox buttons.
Create a custom controller experience that is uniquely yours. The Adaptive Controller has 19 inputs on the back of the device in total, as well as three inserts so users can mount it on a desk, wheelchair or lapboard. We couldn't be prouder to have their support in introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
Microsoft's Adaptive Controller will go on sale later this year for $99.99. Microsoft worked with many organizations around the world in order to make this controller a reality for many disabled people across the globe. The project began, Microsoft explains, in 2014 when an unnamed engineer at the company saw a customised controller from non-profit veterans' organisation Warfighter Engaged which then inspired a 2015 hackathon entry.
He concluded, "At $99.99 United States dollars and available exclusively through Microsoft Store, the Xbox Adaptive Controller will offer significant value over the customized alternatives that exist today".
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.