Xbox has announced that they plan to release an adaptive controller that will open the world of gaming to individuals with limited mobility. The controller is the first of its kind with dozens of employees across Microsoft, from engineers to product testers, pitching their ideas on what those with limited mobility require most in a device.

The idea for the controller came to a Microsoft engineer while scrolling through Twitter. The engineer came across a tweet of a custom gaming controller designed and built by the nonprofit organization Warfighter Engaged, who provide custom devices for wounded veterans. Upon research it was evident that gaming could be a challenge for those with limited mobility.


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The concept of the controller is simple, individuals are able to connect the device to existing or future external buttons, switches, joystick and mounts. It will support third-party add-ons such as Logitech and Quadstick devices which will connect to the controller, allowing gamers to choose and customize their controls as they deem fit.


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This hardware will be compatible both with Xbox One games and games on Windows 10. The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be available exclusively through Microsoft Store for $99.99 later this year. Follow this link to join the mailing list for when the product launches.

More information on the controller will be announced during E3 2018.

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