Xbox Reveals 'Adaptive Pad' For Accessible Gaming

In a bid to assist gamers with restricted mobility and to champion inclusive design in gaming, Microsoft has officially unveiled a different kind of controller: the Xbox Adaptive Pad.

Photos of the new device leaked online earlier this week but Microsoft unveiled it officially through their blog. It'll only be available through the Microsoft Store and retails for $US99, with no Australian pricing available at the time of writing.

The new controller was supposedly developed in consultation with a range of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including AbleGamers and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and is designed to support a variety of plugs and common inputs for accessibility. The Adaptive Controller has 19 inputs on the back of the device in total, as well as three inserts so users can mount it on a desk, wheelchair or lapboard.

"Our goal was to make the device as adaptable as possible, so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable," Phil Spencer notes. "In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in."

Development on the controller supposedly began around four years ago, when a Microsoft engineer noticed a custom gaming controller created by the non-profit Warfighter Engaged. A year later, a prototype was developed for an internal Microsoft hackathon that tracked a user's movements via the Kinect.

More about the controller's genesis can be found over at Microsoft's Story Labs, and the official Microsoft Store listing.


    That is super sweet. Well done Microsoft!

    This is awesome, There are sooo many gamers who could really get some use out of this.

    this is great! it's a fully customisable controller!

    I wouldn't be surprised if this could also be useful for other custom controller projects. Wiring up a custom arcade stick would probably be pretty easy with this, for instance.

    It's great that they've done this. Of course there is a gap in the market, but the fact that they've tried to make as accessible for everyone without the need to buy extra parts, is pretty awesome

    Hospitals will love this. Especially the Childrens hospital in Melbourne. I hope that microsoft will donate some or give discounts for charities like Make a wish.

      Great idea. Would be fantastic PR for Microsoft too.

    Bravo Microsoft! Nice to see a big company doing something so positive for the community.
    Your move Nintendo and Sony...

    As someone who for half a year was unable to move my fingers due to nerve damage this is really awesome.

    This is cool. Wonder why they didn't put the left button and stick inputs next to the left trigger. Seems oddly asymmetrical.

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