Microsoft recently unveiled an unexpected peripheral. Their “Adaptive Controller,” devised in the Xbox Inclusive Tech Lab, is aimed entirely at people with disabilities who wouldn’t be able to enjoy gaming with standard controllers. This new device, coming later this year, could be a promising gateway to (for instance) play fighting games in ways they couldn’t before.
Ars Technica made an excellent “First Look” video about the controller that showcases it in action. It almost looks like an arcade stick. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity. The two big buttons in the center are just the start, as the back contains lots of plug-ins to fully customize the controller. Any device with a matching port can be connected to this peripheral, so any buttons, joysticks, etc. can change inputting entirely on the machine. In this way, the controller can suit someone who can only play with their feet, for instance.
The controller isn’t out until later this year, so it’s a little hard to tell if we’re going to see this much in the FGC. If tournament organizers allow it, it could enable more people to participate and compete.