Today, Microsoft and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a collaboration to provide the Xbox Adaptive Controller and other gaming services to rehabilitation centers across the country. The accessory allows various different peripherals to attach to its numerous ports, providing options for those who have limited mobility. On top of the controller lie two large programmable buttons, alongside quick access to the "Xbox," "Menu," "View," and other key inputs. What makes this controller truly unique is along the rear. There are nineteen 3.5 mm jacks, hooking the console into an existing ecosystem of accessible buttons and other input devices.
The organizations said that "gaming with a traditional controller can be difficult for people with limited mobility, and for veterans." Unfortunately, this can lead to "loss of connection to community and an activity that was a significant part of their lives during service." The collaboration will provide controllers and gamers aimed at therapy and rehabilitation. This will allow veterans to exercise their muscle activation and hand-eye coordination.
We're partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to bring the Xbox Adaptive Controller to veterans with limited mobility, connecting them to the games they love and the people they want to play with. https://t.co/XPcashzQTUWe're partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to bring the Xbox Adaptive Controller to veterans with limited mobility, connecting them to the games they love and the people they want to play with. https://t.co/XPcashzQTU— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) April 30, 2019April 30, 2019
Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer said the following when discussing the partnership with the VA.
The Director of Nations Veterans Sport Programs and Special Events Dr. Leif Nelson added the following.
The VA will share feedback with Microsoft on how the Xbox Adaptive Controller is helping veterans. Hopefully this will lead to further advancements in the future, and new ways to help those with limited mobility.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is available on the Microsoft Store for $100. If you're someone who has limited mobility or known a gamer who does, be sure to take a look at this accessory because it has helped many of our friends already.
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