Video games are everywhere. Long away from the days of Atari and the classic Nintendo controller, video games have more or less taken over. On our phones, computers, tablets, and cable TV boxes. Even on your table at your local chain restaurant — you can play games while you eat. Essentially, if there is a screen, you will usually see a game available to play. They are as common as the digital clock.
But for the most part, these games require typical abilities. They are designed for the average user who has typical use of their hearing, eyes, hands, etc. But what about the estimated 48 million American’s who don’t? What about the millions of people living with disabilities who miss out on games, either solo or with friends & family because of a-typical abilities?
Change Is Finally Here
Over the last few years, console developers have finally started to recognize the inaccessibility to the insanely popular world of video games for those living with disabilities, and are making moves toward bridging the gap to this underserved population. Looking specifically at Xbox, there is a new controller emerging that will provide connection to many — if not all — of their games. Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
“Built from the ground up through strong partnerships with The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect, Warfighter Engaged, and many community members. Input from these groups has helped shape the design, functionality, and packaging of the Xbox Adaptive Controller.” – Behance
The Xbox Adaptive Controller can be outfitted with a number of options. Including but not limited to individual buttons, joystick, touch pads, and both USB and 3.5mm jack audio devices. The future of gaming is finally inclusive and we are very excited to see where these new developments will take the gaming world as a whole.