See the Xbox Adaptive Controller in Action


Microsoft is trying to make gaming more accessible with its upcoming Xbox Adaptive Controller, which lets you plug in an array of peripherals that players with limited mobility can use more easily than a standard gamepad.

In the UK, Microsoft has been working with Muscular Dystrophy UK to promote the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Earlier this week, a brand new Xbox controller design hit the headlines with many suspecting it to be built around accessibility for the differently abled. A number of individuals and organizations are creating custom solutions, but it has been often hard for them to scale when most rigs need to be so personalized. Here's a brief description for it: "Create a custom controller experience that is uniquely yours".

The controller has been worked on with assistance from AbleGamers, Warfighter Engaged, SpecialEffect, Craig Hospital and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Dan Bertholomey, who lost the use of his right arm and hand after a hit-and-run accident, was using a hacked together controller to allow him to continue playing, but it was awkward and uncomfortable to use.

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The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a white rectangular box that acts as a hub for the switches, buttons, controllers, and pedals that disabled gamers tend to favour over traditional controllers.

The Adaptive Controller isn't available for sale just yet, but the official Microsoft store page is already up, and you can keep track of it here.

Luke is Games Editor at IGN's Sydney office. Despite this, more than one in three young, disabled gamers told us they feel excluded due to a lack of accessibility. That could help mitigate the cost of such a controller, with the base unit set to retail at $99.99. This has been a passion project for people around the world, both inside Microsoft and beyond.

The Adaptive Controller is created to do more than just provide basic input options itself though.

The body of the controller itself doesn't look like much, and that's because it's really not the main feature.