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Xbox Adaptive Controller Helps Make Gaming Accessible
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Xbox Adaptive Controller Helps Make Gaming Accessible

To say Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is dedicated to ingenuity and compassion would be a mere understatement. Nadella’s philosophies on life and business were forever impacted by becoming a father of a son with special needs. On that fateful evening in 1996, Satya’s wife, Anu, in her 36th week of pregnancy, noticed something didn’t feel right. The baby wasn’t moving as much. As a precautionary measure, the couple headed to the emergency room at their local hospital. Their son, Zain, was delivered shortly thereafter by an emergency cesarean section. He weighed just 3 pounds.

Satya and Anu learned more about their son’s condition over the next few years. Zain would be confined to a wheelchair and would require constant care as a result of his severe cerebral palsy.

“Becoming a father of a son with special needs was the turning point in my life that has shaped who I am today. It has helped me better understand the journey of people with disabilities,” explains Satya.

This dedication to serving those with limited mobility has helped Microsoft forge a partnership with The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Warfighter Engaged, SpecialEffect, and Craig Hospital to develop the Xbox Adaptive Controller. By working with the partner organizations and directly with gamers, Microsoft was able to attain their goal to create a controller for those with limited mobility. The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been designed for simplicity and ease, by allowing individuals with limited mobility to create their gaming set-up as they see fit. The Xbox Adaptive Controller features two large buttons that can be reprogrammed to accommodate varying needs, simply by accessing the Xbox Accessories App.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been designed to external inputs, such as PDP’s One-Handed Joystick, Quadstick's Game Controller, and Logitech's Extreme 3D Pro Joystick.

Over the years, Microsoft has dedicated resources to not only the Xbox Adaptive Controller but is working on many other projects that help reach a broader audience- specifically, individuals with disabilities. The Xbox Adaptive Controller is priced at what Microsoft believes to be an affordable cost of $99 exclusively at Microsoft Store.

Image credit: Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

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