Microsoft has provided numerous innovations with their technology, but their most recent piece of technology has to be their most revolutionary. Over a day ago, Microsoft announced their brilliant game changer, the adaptive controller. It’s design is not only sleek and organized, but also has the capability to assist those who are disabled. Microsoft’s take on an adaptive controller is undoubtedly a genius addition to the gaming industry.
Mentioned in the latest Microsoft news, audiences are introduced to Bertholomey. He is an avid gamer who held the title of sixth place in Madden NFL 2006. His skills were obviously beyond the average gamer, and he refined them well since his childhood. Devastatingly, Bertholomey was involved in a hit and run which resulted in him being unable to use his right arm and hand. This made his gaming experience significantly tough but not impossible. He mentions how he searched up and down for a one handed controller, but he was not successful until Microsoft selected Bertholomey, along with many other contenders, to test out their adaptive controller; the controller that would finally grant Bertholomey’s wish.
The Xbox adaptive controller has endless features and offers a plethora of accommodations for various needs. The controller is equipped with the capability to plug in the well known ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘X’, and ‘Y’ buttons. Players can also remap the buttons to suit their particular preference. “I get to redesign my controller every day and get to choose how I want to play…for me, that’s the greatest thing ever.” says Solomon Romney, who has personally spent time with the controller for a few months. What’s even more interactive is that the adaptive controller features a copilot attribute that allows it to pair with another Xbox controller. Those presented with the opportunity to test out this wonderful controller have had nothing but praises so far:
If I want to play a game entirely with my feet, I can. I can make the controls fit my body, my desires, and I can change them anytime I want. You plug in whatever you want and go. It takes virtually no time to set it up and use it. It could not be simpler.
Since the release of the controller, it has understandably been subjected to many changes and improvements, and it has roughly been estimated to be released this year. Until then, Microsoft will hold back on the release date for the adaptive controller, for they are diligently working with gamers who are disabled to help improve their technology. It is truly exciting that such a device will be available soon with a price possibly landing on $99, but that is not been definitely confirmed. To learn more about the upcoming Xbox adaptive controller, and of the stories about those who have experienced it, please check out the Microsoft news website.