Meet The Xbox Adaptive Controller, Microsoft's Controller For Gamers With Limited Mobility

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Prans, May 17, 2018.


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    When we think of controllers, we usually think of the standard handheld one with front-facing buttons complete with analogue sticks and some trigger buttons on top (unless if you are Nintendo). While the ergonomic aspect is still debated, with some preferring the Playstation layout over the Xbox one and vice versa, these controllers are not adapted for every gamer. In paticular gamers with medical conditions like cerebral palsy or with amputated fingers/hands have limited mobility or cannot use both of their hands, and as such traditional controllers are not ideal for them to enjoy their games. Microsoft aims to address those concerns with the newly announced Xbox Adaptive Controller.

    So how does it work? The main unit is the white slab you see in the first picture above looking kind of like an arcade stick. Its full potential is packed at its rear with a plethora of inputs for enhanced customization:

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    One can connect assistive switches (sold separately) for buttons, thumbstick and trigger inputs via the 3.5 jacks, USB joysticks to the USB port and the whole controller can be attached to different mounts from the back to adjust for height and accessibility. Additionally, with the Xbox Accessories App, the buttons can be configured to one's liking.

    Microsoft says that the Xbox Adaptive Controller will cost $100 and will be out sometime later this year.

    It's great to see a company at the forefront of gaming invest in such a device to help make gaming more accessible. If you want to read more about the designing process behind the Xbox Adaptive Controller, you can do so via the Microsoft Story Lab blog post.
    Discussion (60 replies)
  1. DarkOrb

    DarkOrb GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 11, 2013
    Wow, these are uplifting news.
  2. TotalInsanity4

    TotalInsanity4 GBAtemp Supreme Overlord

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    Amazing, I love seeing manufacturers producing stuff and making accommodations like this
  3. HaloEliteLegend

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    Damn, that's actually really cool! Good on 'em.
  4. StarGazerTom

    StarGazerTom GBAtemp Maniac

    Feb 2, 2015
    It's honestly about time to see some companies put out official controllers for disabled/differently abled folk. The missing community has been doing it for years, so seeing a fully customisable thing like this is very nice.
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  5. Foxi4

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    That's... Surprising and heartwarming.
  6. Baoulettes

    Baoulettes The lonely man

    May 25, 2011
    Definitly that really nice.
    And quite a challenge cause of the ''uniqueness'' of users :)
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  7. migles

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    damn, it took them too long, but finally a first party accessory for people with conditions!
    now they need adaptive games, and no, not tapping mobile crap
  8. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

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    Kudos to Microsoft for making gaming more accessible to all.
  9. chrisrlink

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    being stricken with mild CP at birth this is truly great (even if a controller works fine for me it's still good to see companies realizing their are disabled gamers out there)
  10. Minox

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    Aug 27, 2007
    That is incredibly fucking cool. I also imagine this could be used to make more creative input methods for people that just wants a different experience as well.
  11. Prans

    Prans Geek, gamer, human

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    My thoughts exactly! Beyond making a great device for people who can't use classic controllers, seeing how the Adaptive controller is customizable, I immediately thought about other people tuning it for other purposes. Let's see where this gets us!
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  12. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
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    This made me happy.
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  13. gameboy

    gameboy GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 9, 2015
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    you guys will all fugure out this controller is just a ruse when xbox releases its breast simulator VR to sell consoles in Japan...

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    and theyre charging more to the disabled... thats exploitation...
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  14. Purple_Shyguy

    Purple_Shyguy GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 8, 2008
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    Very cool to see stuff like this. More companies should follow suit to be honest.

    Probably works on Switch too with that Bluetooth adapter that lets you use Xbox controllers!
    Last edited by Purple_Shyguy, May 17, 2018
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  15. TotalInsanity4

    TotalInsanity4 GBAtemp Supreme Overlord

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    Not really, the technology in the controller most likely costs more. I'd obviously rather see it sold for less, but the way capitalist business practices are structured currently they're already doing more than anyone expected from them
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  16. gamesquest1

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    inb4 people use it to hack the console and MS discontinue it

    just joking, but yeah nice to see an official solution for people who struggle with traditional controllers

    would be nice if these kinds of controllers had the reigns unleashed and were allowed to work across all systems
    Last edited by gamesquest1, May 17, 2018
  17. tri_fin

    tri_fin GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 7, 2016
    Cool tech! Love it. Kudos to M$.
  18. osaka35

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    Nice. Microsoft is really trying to help the gaming community this time around.
  19. Silverthorn

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    Mar 27, 2012
    Amusingly enough the other video game company that I recently heard is doing stuff for disabled people is ... EA.
    Pretty ironic considering all the other shitty practices they have.
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