It seems the leak we reported on was true and Microsoft has indeed made a controller for disabled persons to find new ways to play games with everyone. The controller looks amazing and at $100 is only a little more expensive than the standard options. The origin of the project stems from a very real and noble mindset.
“The Xbox Adaptive Controller goes back to 2014, when a Microsoft engineer was scrolling through Twitter and noticed a photo of a custom gaming controller made by Warfighter Engaged, a nonprofit organization that provides gaming devices to wounded vets.
The employee reached out to the organization’s founder, Ken Jones, and learned how difficult it was for injured veterans — triple amputees, quadriplegics, vets with traumatic brain injuries — to access the world of gaming, and how time-consuming it was for Jones, a mechanical engineer who started the organization in 2012, to modify equipment for them.
There was a hackathon coming up at Microsoft’s 2015 Ability Summit, so a group of employees decided to put together a team with the goal of developing a solution for Warfighter Engaged. Working in consultation with Jones, the team developed a gaming device that used Kinect motion-sensing technology to track a gamer’s movements and translate them as if they were inputs from a traditional Xbox Wireless Controller.
The project won the hackathon’s top prize and led a different employee team to create another device for Microsoft’s company-wide hackathon later that year, a unit that attached to an Xbox controller and allowed users who had difficulty navigating a traditional controller to plug in additional buttons and switches.”
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