Microsoft Reveals Xbox Adaptive Controller for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

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Leaked earlier in the week, today Microsoft formally announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a controller created to empower gamers with specific mobility and control needs to play as well as anyone else. 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.

The controller won't be available until later this year, and Microsoft will share more details on it at E3 next month, but they have placed a $99.99 price tag on it.

For many a gaming setup that supports their needs can cost thousands of pounds and require specialist help from either charities or companies that can make bespoke controllers. Two large buttons can easily be reprogrammed through the Accessories app to function as any of the standard Xbox buttons.

Solomon Romney, who was born without any fingers on his left hand, has already taken the Adaptive Controller for a spin.

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Broly plays the game using his mouth to input commands in the game, which is very impressive considering that most able bodied gamers can't fathom the dexterity and reflexes required to input street fighter's more stringent commands.

SpecialEffect's Founder and CEO, Dr Mick Donegan, said: "This has been a milestone collaboration for us".

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. You can also look at the video below to see how it works. What do you make of the peripheral and its accessibility?

"Joining the Xbox family of controllers and devices, the Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers' needs". "With so many factors to be considered - comfort, safety, positioning, equipment selection and mounting - this first-party product provides a terrifically versatile and effective way of connecting our game setups to the console".

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