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Xbox controller launched for people with different needs and abilities

May 18, 2018

Microsoft announced the launch of Xbox adaptive controller to meet the needs of the gaming enthusiasts with limited mobility. The controller is a rectangular gadget with two large buttons on the deck and 19 3.5 mm jacks on the side to connect to a range of external switches, buttons, mounts and other third party products. The gadget can be operated with hands, elbows or feet and can be placed on the player’s lap, table, or floor.
The device is wireless and powered by an internal battery, charged via USB-C connection. There is a headphone socket and, on the base, a set of mounting ports, allowing players to fix the controller to a tripod.

The Xbox adaptive controller is also compatible with Windows 10 PCs and is completely plug and play – users are able to repeatedly swap out add-on components while playing.

Slated to release later this year, the product is priced at USD 99 and will be available at Microsoft digital stores across the world.

Previously featured as a prototype for at Microsoft hackathon in 2015, the gadget was later devised after working closely with Warfighter Engaged, a charity seeking to rehabilitate injured military veterans.

 

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