Xbox debuts new controller for gamers with disabilities

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Microsoft has announced a new customizable Xbox controller built for gamers with disabilities.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller features two large buttons that can be reprogrammed, as well as various inputs to allow disabled gamers to attach other devices, the company said in a post on its website.

The controllers can even be configured for gamers without hands to play with their feet, the company said.

“I can make the controls fit my body, my desires, and I can change them anytime I want,” said Solomon Romney, a Microsoft employee born without fingers on his left hand. “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.”

Xbox chief Phil Spencer said the Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address the challenges faced by gamers with physical disabilities while pushing the boundaries of how technology can make gaming more accessible to all.

Using current Xbox controllers is difficult for those without two functional hands or full mobility; disabled gamers have had to rely on expensive custom controllers.

Xbox developed the new controller with the help of numerous advocate organizations and gamers with limited mobility including The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, Special Effect and War fighter Engaged.

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