Accessible Xbox One controller confirmed, available this year

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A few days ago, an image for an interesting new controller design for Xbox One appeared online, suggesting that Microsoft was providing a way for people with limited mobility to play their favorite games.

Now players have to rely on the work of specialist charities to adapt traditional controllers to meet their needs. Namely, the company announced the launch of an adaptive controller for Xbox specially created to improve accessibility.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller - or XAC - will cost $99. The pad itself can be hooked up to various external switches and mounts, allowing it to be customized so that it can cater to different groups of people experiencing different types of difficulties.

Costing $99.99 the device is on the high end for a controller but quite low-priced for a specialist device compared to custom solutions available elsewhere.

Microsoft designed the controller in collaboration with The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged.

Rumours were doing the rounds on the internet that Microsoft might come with a new kind of Xbox controller called Xbox Adaptive Controller.

We work closely with Companies and directly with players who have limited mobility to assist in our development. Two large buttons can easily be reprogrammed through the Accessories app to function as any of the standard Xbox buttons. For all its precision and flexibility, mouse and keyboard isn't the most user-friendly input system, and any controller that can bring PC gaming to a wider audience is to be welcomed.

Microsoft worked with two major partners to accomplish the goal of the device, Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick and Quadstick's Game Controller.

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

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