Xbox Adaptive Controller Now Available To Preorder
Whenever a new controller releases, players often splurge and cheer on the aesthetic appeal. This controller, however, deserves even more praise and attention than usual. Microsoft announced that players can now preorder the new Xbox Adaptive Controller. The innovative controller, designed to allow better gaming experiences for people with disabilities.
The Xbox Store describes the new hardware as “a unified hub for devices that helps make gaming more accessible.” The controller allows players to connect multiple external devices and customize their own preferred gaming style. The device also works with Windows 10 PCs and carries limited functionality with Windows 7 and 8.1.
Microsoft and Xbox did not design the product on their own. Instead, they relied upon essential input from community members and a number of non-profit organizations. The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged all contributed to the controller’s creation. They also helped design the controller’s packaging, which is unique in its own right. Microsoft designed the box so that it would be easy for limited mobility players to open and start using. That easy access packaging shows Microsoft is willing to go the extra mile for its disabled players.
We often hear about the new controllers being put out by companies, but most of those are profit-driven. Whether they are game specific, translucent, or simply a new shade, they are cosmetic products that only enhance collections. They’re cool and fun, but they are, at the end of the day, unnecessary. The Xbox Adaptive controller, on the other hand, should prove absolutely essential for many gamers. It shows that Microsoft is pushing to make gaming accessible to all members of society. The high price tag shows that the bottom line still matters, but the creation of this product alone proves that Microsoft cares about its players. Kudos to Xbox and Microsoft for doing the right thing.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).