Xbox One Braille Controller Revealed In New Microsoft Patent
As evidenced by the company’s assortment of varied services and its notable relationship with Nintendo, Xbox currently has a clear focus toward getting games to as many people as possible. This is especially true following the introduction of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, which enables disabled gamers greater accessibility in a medium where they’re often overlooked. By way of a new patent, it appears the there’s plans for a follow-up Xbox One peripheral, this time in the form of a Braille controller.
According to LetsGoDigital, the new Microsoft patent shows off what appears to be a standard Xbox One controller, but with a number of augments in place to suit visually-impaired and blind gamers. For starters, the rear of the device decked out with a unique haptic touchpad, allowing for both input and output of Braille characters alongside more general vibration feedback. The peripheral additionally comes with a set of six special paddles similar to the Xbox Elite Controller for even greater functionality and control.
Additionally, the device is conceptualized to have support for speech-recognition as well as text readout, allowing the device to translate in-game messages or even full-on chat conversations into Braille characters. According the patent, the Microsoft Braille controller is planned to be an add-on device designed to attach to the back of a Xbox One gamepad, its functions able to be configured via the Xbox One or from a PC or mobile device.
There’s currently no word regarding the current plans for this patent, especially as it was only recently published on May 2nd. However if all works out, a reveal could easily take place relatively soon, with the Adaptive Controller being announced almost exactly one year ago and Xbox’s “biggest E3 presence ever” set to happen this coming June.
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