Xbox Adaptive Controller wins Black Pencil award, a top accolade for design

What you need to know

  • The Xbox Adaptive Controller allows people with limited mobility to play games.
  • The accessory just won a prestigious D&AD "Black Pencil" design award.
  • The Black Pencil awards are highly coveted accolades.
  • You can purchase the controller for $100 through the Microsoft Store.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is making it easier for gamers with limited mobility to play their favorite titles, and this progress is being recognized by various organizations around the world. 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.

Today, Microsoft announced that the accessory won a prestigious D&AD "Black Pencil" award. Microsoft said the following on its website when announcing the Xbox Adaptive Controller's win.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller has won one of the world's top design awards during an event in the United Kingdom. The device, which makes it easier for people with limited mobility to play video games, was awarded the prestigious Black Pencil in the Product Design category at the D&AD Festival in London on Thursday... According to the organizers of the globally-recognized craft and creativity event, the Black Pencil 'is reserved for work that is truly groundbreaking in its field. It is the highest accolade there is to offer.' Only a handful are awarded each year, if at all.

Xbox Project Manager Evelyn Thomas further discussed the accessory's inclusivity-focused design.

It's an honor and privilege to receive the D&AD Black Pencil. It's a product that was designed with inclusivity at the heart and was formed through collaborations with amazing partners and individuals. We continue to be moved by the recognition it has received, helping it to stand out as a true first-of-its-kind – in gaming and beyond.

It's great to see that the Xbox Adaptive Controller is being recognized for allowing even more individuals to game. Hopefully, it'll trigger other companies like Nintendo and Sony to release similar accessories as well.

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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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.