Recently, Microsoft revealed the new Xbox Adaptive Controller. Microsoft will announce more details about the controller during E3, while pre-order availability details will also be shared in due time. 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 worked closely with them and directly with gamers who have limited mobility to assist in our development. We have been on a journey of inclusive design, which celebrates and draws inspiration from people who are often overlooked in the typical design process. Microsoft designed the controller in a way that everyone "can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable".
Beyond supporting a wide range of devices, the Adaptive Controller is created to be reconfigured at a moment's notice - that way, it can be used by people with different kinds of disabilities and specific needs, and they can experiment with various configurations to find what works best for them, and for different games. Two large buttons can easily be reprogrammed through the Accessories app to function as any of the standard Xbox buttons. Additionally, the Xbox Adaptive Controller supports external inputs from a range of third-party manufacturers, including PDP, Logitech, and Quadstick (you can see a full list here). More recommended partner devices can be found here.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller will release later this year at $100. "We're thrilled to introduce it to the world today, tell the story behind it, and take what we have learned on our journey to inform future initiatives in inclusive design".
Microsoft says that the device came together with advice from gamers as well as accessibility advocates, and with efforts at hackathons that it held in 2015 and 2016. It'll only be available through the Microsoft Store and retails for $US99, with no Australian pricing available at the time of writing.
The Adaptive Controller will be exclusive to the Microsoft Store and will be priced at US$99.99.