Xbox reveal new accessible controller for gamers with limited mobility
- The Xbox Adaptive Controller will will sell for $99 (£73.50) in Microsoft stores
- The controller features two large buttons and 19 ports to make it fully adaptable
- You can plug in third-party devices such as a joystick controller with your mouth
Xbox have announced their groundbreaking new controller which eliminates barriers to those with limited mobility who wish to play video games.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller features two large buttons, which can be used with any body part and can be programmed to multiple commands.
And on top of that, there are 19 ports at the back which allows for a fully customisable set-up to cater to anyone’s needs.
The new Xbox Adaptive Controller allows people with mobility limitations to play video games
The controller is fully customisable and allows you to plug in multiple gadgets/controllers
There are 19 different ports on the back, allowing you to assign buttons to specific commands
Microsoft learning specialist Solomon Romney demonstrates the controller with a footpump
Multiple devices can be plugged into the controller, including third-party gadgets such as Quadstick’s game controller which is a joystick controlled by sucking and blowing into a little mouthpiece.
Xbox have spent years developing the Adaptive Controller and worked with multiple charities: Special Effect, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, AbleGamers Charity, Craig Hospital and Warfighter Engaged.
Solomon Romney, a Microsoft Stores retail learning specialist, was born without fingers on his left hand and couldn’t help but get emotional when speaking about the new controller: ‘Growing up, I was the other, the person on the outside, the one who’s different.
‘It’s nice when a person considers you. It’s unbelievable when a company does it, when a company thinks about you and designs something for you. All of a sudden, I’m not the person on the outside.
‘I get to redesign my controller every day and get to choose how I want to play. For me, that’s the greatest thing ever.’
The controller is set to launch worldwide in Microsoft Stores later this year for $99 (£73.50). Details of what exactly will come with the controller are yet to be announced but Xbox have said they will share more details about the controller at E3 in June.
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