This morning, Microsoft unveiled its accessible packaging for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, the first-of-its-kind device designed for gamers with limited mobility. All Xbox Adaptive Controller units will ship with the accessible packaging in September 2018, and pre-orders are available now at Microsoft Store.
Saying goodbye to twist ties, tape, zip ties and the need for scissors, the packaging aims to cut out the struggles that aren’t just annoying but leave those with disabilities facing frustrating, unnecessary struggles. In short, the box needed to be as accessible as the device within.
The controller itself works with a range of devices, like switches, buttons, mounts and joysticks – and not only this, gamers can also purchase separate assistive devices which can be attached through 3.5mm jacks and USB ports.
Using the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One or Windows 10, gamers can further customise their experience by remapping the buttons and profiles, giving the ability to create multiple controller profiles which can be switched between instantly using the built-in Profile button.
Input from groups like SpecialEffect, The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Warfighter Engaged and many other members of the community, has helped to shape the functionality, design and packaging for the Xbox Adaptive Controller to ensure that gamers are able to get the best use from the device.