Microsoft gets behind gamers with accessibility needs, through announcement of new Xbox Adaptive Controller

Microsoft’s goal is to help make gaming easier for those with accessibility needs, and it’s that aim that has allowed our hobby to advance in a major way today. How so? Through the announcement of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, which is designed to make gaming better for people with limited movement.

Designed with the help of new partners, like The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Special Effect, Warfighter Engaged and Craig Hospital, this new controller is a big step forward. Through it, the company hopes to be able to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

The Xbox Adaptive Controller allows people with special accessibility needs to use whatever input method they can, be it their hand, their chin or something else, and will also enable them to plug in additional aids, like a foot pedal or a larger joystick. As such, it’s going to make this hobby a lot easier for those who have issues using a standard video game controller.

Expect to be able to buy it later this year, at a suggested retail price of $100 USD, though only through the Microsoft Store. More details will also be announced at E3, as expected, but you can also find out more about this peripheral by visiting the Xbox Wire.