Accessibility is really important to Microsoft, and the company’s efforts to make the technology more accessible to its users, regardless of their capabilities, have finally been recognized. On April 8, Microsoft along with Facebook and activist Haben Girma received the Hellen Keller Award from AFB. AFB stands for The American Foundation For the Blind. The award recognizes exceptional individuals and organizations whose efforts expand the possibilities for people with visual impairments or blindness.
We are working on an Xbox controller for greater accessibility.
UPDATE: Microsoft has officially introduced the new Xbox Adaptive Controller and released a video on YouTube to introduce the new tool. You can read the initial news report below.
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Now, Microsoft is showing the world more efforts to improve accessibility, and the company is doing this by offering games and more Microsoft services to people with diverse accessibility needs.
The famous leaker WalkingCat has found some promotional images for an unannounced Xbox controller and it is said that this device is also designed to need accessibility. It will probably be revealed sometime around E3 2018, according to the latest rumors.
Not much detail is available on how exactly the controller would work. But judging by the image posted by WalkingCat on Twitter, it looks like it will have all the features of the Xbox controller and would also help users who prefer to touch the sight to program different buttons. There are also two large buttons A and B, which will also be programmable. There are also three bright LEDs that can be displayed when different programmed modes are activated. It also appears to have a USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack on the left.
User opinions vary after viewing the leaked photo. » It looks like an accessibility controller to me. Allow the connection of various buttons, switches and sticks on the back Someone said.
» I bet on an affordable controller, but how many switches will you connect to it? It is necessary to improve access without additional complexity. Wiring that thing seems like a nightmare «It involves another Twitter user.
» If the switches themselves were designed as USB devices and could be chained, then a box like this would not be needed. #AssistiveTech « guess someone else.
We’ll have to wait a little longer and see what Microsoft is cooking these days with this driver.
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