Xbox marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day with controller, game updates. 26

Xbox marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day with controller, game updates.

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Xbox has unveiled a range of new gaming initiatives in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Leading the charge is the introduction of the ‘Proteus,’ a groundbreaking Designed for Xbox accessibility kit that revolutionizes controller customization. Developed by ByoWave, an Irish peripheral company, the Proteus gamepad features innovative blocks with interchangeable faceplates, allowing users to create over 100 unique controller configurations. This modular design enables players with varying abilities to tailor their controllers to suit their specific needs, whether it be a wand-like controller for one-handed use or a traditional form factor for those with both hands.

Set to launch this fall, the Proteus Controller is compatible with Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 and 11. While support for PS5 and Nintendo Switch is not currently on the cards, ByoWave remains open to collaborating with Sony and Nintendo to broaden availability. Priced at $299 USD, a limited-time ‘VIP price’ offer of $255 USD is currently available for interested users.

In addition to the Proteus Controller, Xbox continues to enhance its proprietary Adaptive Controller, originally introduced in 2018. In response to community feedback, the Adaptive Controller will see new features in an upcoming update, including expanded support for additional USB accessories and enhanced port capabilities. This update will initially be rolled out to Xbox Insiders before becoming widely available in the coming months.

Beyond hardware advancements, Xbox has also implemented new accessibility features in select games to further support players with diverse needs. Popular titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Candy Crush Soda Saga now offer tailored accessibility options, such as a preset to reduce physical strain in gameplay and a centralized menu for all accessibility features, respectively.

On a related front, Blizzard has released a comprehensive video showcasing its commitment to accessibility through collaboration with playtesters and the broader accessibility community. These collective efforts underscore the industry’s ongoing dedication to making gaming more inclusive and accommodating to all players.

Image Credit: Xbox/ByoWave

Source: Xbox