Microsoft’s inclusive new Xbox Adaptive Controller is now available for purchase, with a $100 price tag.
“2018 has been a hallmark year for inclusivity in gaming,” Microsoft’s Gabi Michel writes of the device’s availability. “The first-of-its-kind Xbox Adaptive Controller will be available starting today, so even more gamers from around the world can engage with their friends and favorite gaming content on Xbox One and Windows 10.”
Microsoft announced the controller back in May, noting that it was aimed at gamers with limited mobility. Since then, the software giant has made it available for pre-order and has revealed that even its packaging is accessible.
Today, Microsoft is describing how it worked with gamers with limited mobility, accessibility experts, advocates, and partners, and used fan feedback, to help drive the design of the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
“It’s truly the collaboration and teamwork from these individuals and groups who helped bring the Xbox Adaptive Controller to gamers around the world,” Michel explains. “And gaming, everywhere, becomes greater because of that collaborative spirit.”
Additionally, the UK-based V&A museum of art and design announced that it has acquired the controller as part of its Rapid Response Collecting program, which collects contemporary objects reflecting major moments in recent history related to design, technology, and manufacturing.
“It’s an honor and achievement we did not set out to accomplish but are nonetheless moved by the recognition of the team’s passionate work invested in the Xbox Adaptive Controller, helping it stand out as a truly first of its kind product—in gaming and beyond,” Michel adds.
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