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Microsoft launches breakthrough Xbox Adaptive Controller for differently-abled gamers

This the first-ever gaming controller for people with special needs

Santanu Basu 18 May 2018, 2:36 PM
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is priced at $99.99 and available exclusively on the Microsoft store

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is priced at $99.99 and available exclusively on the Microsoft store Image: YouTube/ Xbox

Microsoft has launched an Adaptive Controller made to streamline gaming for people with special needs. The controller isn't designed with any particular physical or mental condition in mind but is highly customisable to suit any special needs. There are 19 jacks to connect external accessories like joysticks, buttons, etc., to make it suitable for one's needs.

The controller will be priced at $99.99 (Rs 7,000 approx) and supports the Xbox One console and PCs running Windows 10.

The device comes with two large programmable buttons and direction keys. The buttons can be assigned to perform any functions assigned to a button on a regular controller. The device can be used in wireless mode, making mobility easier.

Microsoft has spent a lot of effort on research and development for the device and has worked closely with organisations like The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect and Warfighter Engaged to get the design right.

Microsoft has designed a lot of controllers for Xbox consoles but looks like they have really thought out-of-the-box this time.

Controllers have been an integral part of gaming ever since their debut bundled with Atari's console in 1977. Thousands of controllers and gamepads — cheap and premium — have been released since then, but this is the first time one has been designed keeping people with special needs in mind. Well done, Microsoft, well done.

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