Meet The Xbox Adaptive Controller

After being leaked earlier this week, Microsoft has today announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller. 

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will work with both the Xbox One and Windows 10 devices with the aim to ensure that the controller that all gamers can play Xbox games. It was developed with a number of organisations around the world and closely tested with people who have limited mobility to ensure that it meets the needs of as many games as possible.

Here’s what Xbox had to say about the controller:

For gamers with limited mobility, finding controller solutions to fit their individual needs has been challenging. The solutions that exist today are often expensive, hard to find, or require significant technical skill to create. A number of individuals and organizations are creating custom solutions, but it has been often difficult for them to scale when most rigs need to be so personalized.

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.  It was developed in partnership with organizations around the world, including The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged. We worked closely with them and directly with gamers who have limited mobility to assist in our development.  Our goal was to make the device 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.  In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in. These buttons can also be reprogrammed to act as any of the standard controller’s button inputs via the Xbox Accessories app.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be available later this year for $99 USD. More information will be revealed at E3.