At E3 this year, Microsoft opened its Xbox Adaptive Controller for pre-orders. At the same time, the company said consumers would get their hands on the peripheral during the fall. True to its word, Microsoft has now made the controller widely available in the Microsoft Store.
Customers who pre-ordered the controller will not have it shipped to them, while others can now order the Xbox Adaptive Controller from the store. The device is available from the company's official store for a price of $99.
Microsoft has been developing the Xbox Adaptive Controller since 2016. In a collaboration with disabled gamers, the company created a controller based on their specifications. Additionally, Microsoft worked with The AbleGamers Foundation, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect, Warfighter Engaged to develop the best results.
At its core, the Adaptive Controller is specifically for gamers with disabilities. However, any gamer will probably appreciate the quality of the product. The engineering levels are high, and the controller is perfectly ergonomic.
Because users with disabilities may have different needs, buttons on the controller are programmable. It also connects with external devices like additional mounts and buttons.
“Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller was a milestone for both Microsoft and for gamers everywhere, and we look forward to seeing new and former gamers join the Microsoft gaming family,” said Navin Kumar, director of marketing, Xbox accessories, at the time of the launch. “We believe this new controller will enable and empower more Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers worldwide.”
Sure, a $100 price tag is substantial, and certainly more than a regular Xbox One. However, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unique product and could become a vital tool for gamers who struggle to play.