Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, reveals the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a controller which will enable and empower even more Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers across the globe.
At Microsoft, we believe in empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our CEO, Satya Nadella, has spoken about how essential it is that we push the boundaries of what technology can do in a concerted effort to be inclusive of everyone around the world. These principles have the deepest impact in how we are building products that are designed for everyone. We have been on a journey of inclusive design, which celebrates and draws inspiration from people who are often overlooked in the typical design process.
As I discussed at the annual DICE conference in February, when we truly design for all, we help make the world more equal. That’s why I’m so excited about today’s Microsoft Story Labs feature which shares an in-depth look at our newest piece of hardware which we believe will enable and empower even more Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers across the globe: The Xbox Adaptive Controller.
By taking an inclusive design approach and considerations of gamers who might not be able to reach all the bumpers and triggers or hold a controller for an extended period of time, for example, we were able to design a controller that provides a way for more fans to enjoy gaming. On our journey of inclusive design, we have taken a wider view of our fans and a more inclusive approach to designing for them.
For gamers with limited mobility, finding controller solutions to fit their individual needs has been challenging. The solutions that exist today are often expensive, hard to find, or require significant technical skill to create. A number of individuals and organizations are creating custom solutions, but it has been often difficult for them to scale when most rigs need to be so personalized.
Joining the Xbox family of controllers and devices, the Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers’ needs. It was developed in partnership with organizations around the world, including The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged. We worked closely with them and directly with gamers who have limited mobility to assist in our development. Our goal was to make the device as adaptable as possible, so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable. In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in. These buttons can also be reprogrammed to act as any of the standard controller’s button inputs via the Xbox Accessories app.
To make the Xbox Adaptive Controller a viable solution for the widest possible range of gamers with limited mobility, we’ve worked closely with third-party manufacturers to support external inputs which can be plugged in to the new controller. These inputs include PDP’s One-Handed Joystick for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech’s Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, and Quadstick’s Game Controller. We couldn’t be prouder to have their support in introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller. More recommended partner devices can be found here.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been years in the making, though we realize that this is only one step along our journey of inclusive design and that we have more work ahead. This has been a passion project for people around the world, both inside Microsoft and beyond. We’re thrilled to introduce it to the world today, tell the story behind it, and take what we have learned on our journey to inform future initiatives in inclusive design. Make sure you check out today’s feature on Microsoft Story Labs and hear directly from Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie in her blog today to commemorate Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
At $99.99 USD and available exclusively through Microsoft Store, the Xbox Adaptive Controller will offer significant value over the customized alternatives that exist today. We’re looking forward to sharing more about the Xbox Adaptive Controller in a few weeks at E3. The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be launching later this year, and we’ll share more information soon about pre-order availability.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out Ability Week at Microsoft Store locations starting Tuesday, May 29, through Saturday, June 2, a five-day experience of events that showcases hearing, vision, mobility, and cognitive assistive technologies that empower people with accessibility needs.
Keep your Xbox Wireless Controller charged with Controller Gear’s officially licensed Xbox Pro Charging Stand. The Xbox Pro Charging Stand is a premium high performing charging stand offering a sleek design and a seamless charging experience.
Xbox Pro Charging Stand:
• Manufactured with the same exact high quality and color material as your Xbox One Controller
• Masterful design that includes a magnetic contact system to ensure a perfect and secure charge every time
• Ergonomically engineered to allow one hand navigation through your Xbox One dashboard while the controller is on the charging stand
• Display and charge your Xbox One controller with ease
• Officially licensed charging stand for Xbox One
• Engineered with a magnetic contact system to ensure a perfect and secure charge every time
• Each charging stand includes a controller coordinated battery cover to match your Xbox Wireless Controller
• The Xbox Design Lab Pro Charging Stand battery covers are available in all 15 design lab colors to match your custom Design Lab Controller (available June 20th)
Rechargeable Battery & Power Cord:
• Includes rechargeable 2.4 volt battery; eliminates the need for Double-A batteries
• Quick charging – controller will be fully charged in 2 hours
• Long 6 ft. charging cable for convenience
• When plugged in, the LED on the front of the charging stand flashes 3 times. When the controller is placed on the charging stand, the LED turns orange to indicate the controller is charging. Once the controller is fully charged, the LED turns Green.
Xbox Pro Charging Stands are now available in the following color options: Abyss Black, Robot White, Oxide Red, Photon Blue, Zest Orange & Military Green.
All 15 Xbox Design Lab Pro Charging Stand color options will be available June 20th exclusively at microsoftstore.com.
The Recon Tech Xbox Pro Charging Stand color option will be available July 14th exclusively at microsoftstore.com.
For more details or to order the Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stand – please visit the Microsoft Store website.
2016 was a great year for gaming on Xbox – we brought you the new Xbox One S, the ultimate gaming and 4K entertainment system with 4K UHD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range; we released over 100 console-exclusive games; we became the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live; and we launched our most comfortable, highest-performing controllers to date with the new Xbox Wireless Controller. Today, we’re pleased to introduce two more color options for the Xbox Wireless Controller that provide even more choice to our fans so they can game how they want.
The first new controller is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Red, which has a two-tone matte red finish with gloss highlights on the triggers, bumpers and D-pad, as well as behind the thumbsticks. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Red is available now in the U.S., exclusively at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and GameStop, for $64.99 USD. The controller is also shipping to select retailers worldwide today.
The second new controller is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange, which has a similar design to the Xbox Wireless Controller – Red, but it’s green with orange accents. This controller comes with a green matte finish and gloss highlights on the triggers, bumpers and D-pad, as well as orange accents behind the thumbsticks. You can get the Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange in the U.S., exclusively at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and Walmart, for $64.99 USD starting January 24. The controller will also be available at select retailers worldwide starting January 31.
Purchase Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange from Walmart (coming soon)
Both controllers feature all the benefits of the latest Xbox Wireless Controller, including textured grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for Windows 10 devices. These controllers are compatible for gaming on Xbox One, Xbox One S and Windows 10 PCs and tablets. You can also take advantage of the custom button mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories App, available for download from the Xbox Store or Windows Store.
For more details, check out xbox.com or visit your local retailer.
The holidays aren’t quite over yet, and we’re excited to offer yet another promotion for your last-minute shopping needs. From Dec. 25 through Dec. 31, when you buy any new Xbox One or Xbox One S console, you’ll get an additional gift at no extra cost. The offer will be available at most major retailers in the U.S., and each gift will vary. See below for the gift options that are available with your Xbox One or Xbox One S purchase:
- For console purchases at Best Buy, Amazon or Walmart.com, get a free Xbox Wireless Controller
- For console purchases at GameStop, get a free Xbox Stereo Headset in white or black
- For console purchases at Microsoft Stores or Target build your gaming collection with a free game of your choice
Most participating retailers are also offering a special online-only deal for a $50 gift card in addition to a gift, so be sure to visit your favorite retailer before the end of the year.
Xbox Design Lab Digital Codes are available now and can be purchased exclusively at microsoftstore.com for $89.98 USD. Once you make your purchase, you’ll receive a Digital Code via email to share with your favorite gamer. Then, have them visit xbox.com/xboxdesignlab to design their own Xbox Wireless Controller and redeem their Digital Code at checkout.
Each code includes custom engraving up to 16 characters. With more than 8 million color combinations to choose from, give a truly personal gift the gamer in your life will love! And don’t forget – all new Xbox Wireless Controllers work with any Xbox One console and feature enhanced comfort and feel with textured grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices.
Xbox Design Lab is open for orders in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. You or that special gamer in your life can design their own Xbox Wireless Controller by visiting xbox.com/xboxdesignlab or select Microsoft Stores. Controllers designed through Xbox Design Lab are delivered within 14 business days with free shipping.