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Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Players With Disabilities (theverge.com) 19

A new Xbox controller designed for people with disabilities has been announced by Microsoft today. The Xbox Adaptive Controller features two large programmable buttons and 19 jacks that can be connected to a range of joysticks, buttons, and switches to make it easier for a wider range of people to play games on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. The Verge reports: "I can customize how I interface with the Xbox Adaptive Controller to whatever I want," says Solomon Romney, a Microsoft Store learning specialist who was born without fingers on his left hand. "If I want to play a game entirely with my feet, I can. I can make the controls fit my body, my desires, and I can change them anytime I want. 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 focus is on connectivity and customizability, with players able to build a setup that works for their capabilities and needs. It won't be an all-in-one solution for many games, but through the use of peripherals and the Xbox's system-level button remapping, the possibilities could be endless. The Xbox Adaptive Controller will cost $99.99 and goes on sale later this year.

Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Players With Disabilities

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    I can guarantee that able-bodied individuals will find a way to get a competitive advantage by using this, so it could lead to an arms race where everyone has to buy the new controllers to be competitive. (But then again, the cynic in me wonders if maybe that is an intended result.)

    p.s. I personally hope this lets people use mice instead of thumb-sticks for aiming.

    • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Thursday May 17, 2018 @09:23PM (#56630164) Journal

      I can guarantee that able-bodied individuals will find a way to get a competitive advantage by using this

      I used to think covering my eyes would make me play harmonica and sing as well as Stevie Wonder. It didn't work out that way, and I doubt using this adaptive controller will work that way either.

    • Yeah, if this allows people to hook up mice for an FPS, other players won't stand a chance.
  • by BenJeremy ( 181303 ) on Thursday May 17, 2018 @10:06PM (#56630290)

    I'm surprised Ben Heck wasn't involved in this project. I honestly don't know if this was an oversight, if Microsoft reached out to him and a deal fell through, or they decided to leave him out of the effort... but he's been doing this sort of thing for ages.

  • Is perfect..!!

Disraeli was pretty close: actually, there are Lies, Damn lies, Statistics, Benchmarks, and Delivery dates.

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