Microsoft has announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, an Xbox controller designed for people with disabilities. The device was leaked earlier this week. It has two large programmable buttons and 19 jacks that can be connected to a range of joysticks, buttons, and switches to make it easier for a wider range of people to play games on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
“I can customize how I interface with the Xbox Adaptive Controller to whatever I want,” saysSolomon Romney, a Microsoft Store employee who was born without fingers on his left hand. “If I want to play a game entirely with my feet, I can. I can make the controls fit my body, my desires, and I can change them anytime I want. You plug in whatever you want and go. It takes virtually no time to set it up and use it. It could not be simpler.”
The focus is on connectivity and customizability, with players able to built a setup that works for their capabilities and needs. It won’t be an all-in-one solution for many games, but through the use of peripherals and the Xbox’s system-level button remapping, the possibilities could be endless.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller will cost $99.99 and goes on sale later this year. For more on the device’s design and development, head on over to Polygon.