Accessibility is really important for Microsoft and the company’s efforts to make technology more accessible to its users regardless of their abilities have eventually been recognized. On April 8th, Microsoft along with Facebook and activist Haben Girma received AFB’s Hellen Keller achievement award. AFB stands for The American Foundation For The Blind. The award recognizes exceptional individuals and organizations whose efforts expand the possibilities for people who are visually impaired or blind.
An Xbox controller for increased accessibility is in the works
UPDATE: Microsoft has officially introduced the new Xbox Adaptive Controller and released a video on YouTube to present the new tool. You can read the initial news report below.
Now, Microsoft shows the world even more efforts for enhancing accessibility and the company does this by bringing gaming and more Microsoft services to individuals who have various accessibility needs.
Famous leaker WalkingCat found some promo images for an unannounced Xbox controller and the word is that this device is also designed with accessibility needs in mind. It’s probably set to be revealed sometime around E3 2018, according to latest rumors.
There are not too many details available regarding how the controller would work exactly. But, judging from the image posted by WalkingCat on Twitter, it seems that it will have all of the Xbox controller’s functions, and it would also help users who favor touch over sight to program various buttons. There are also two large A and B buttons which will probably be programmable as well. There are also three light LEDs which could show when different programmed modes are activated. It also seems to have a USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack on the left side.
Users’ opinions vary after seeing the leaked photo. “Looks like a controller for accessibility to me. Allowing different buttons, switches, and sticks to be plugged into the back” someone said.
“I’m putting my bet on an accessible controller, but how many switches are you gonna plug into that? There needs to be improved access without increased complexity. Wiring that thing looks like a nightmare,” another Twitter user assumes.
“If switches themselves were designed like USB devices and could be daisy-chained then a box like this wouldn’t be necessary. #AssistiveTech” someone else guessed.
We’ll just have to wait some more and see what exactly Microsoft is cooking these days with this controller.
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