How the Xbox Adaptive Controller empowers gamers
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How the Xbox Adaptive Controller empowers gamers

September 10, 2019


SATYA NADELLA: Hi. I’m here with Sean Marihugh from our Accessibility team to talk about inclusive gaming, and in particular the new Xbox Adaptive Controller and what it could mean for anyone with limited mobility to be able to play the games they love and play with the friends they have around gaming. So, Sean, you want to get us started? SEAN MARIHUGH: Absolutely. So, I’ve been really excited about the Xbox Adaptive Controller. It’s a cool device that lets you plug in all sorts of different peripherals, from this really lightweight joystick — SATYA NADELLA: That’s very cool. It’s pretty light. SEAN MARIHUGH: — that I can play for long periods of time, to things like this tiny little button that take very little force to activate. SATYA NADELLA: Got it. Yeah, that’s awesome. SEAN MARIHUGH: And so, all of this is kind of about building a device that people can make their own, create a custom setup that really works well for them. SATYA NADELLA: Got it. And so, how do we use all of this to play a game? SEAN MARIHUGH: Sure. So, I have Sea of Thieves set up, so I thought we could play that. SATYA NADELLA: All right. Should I pick up this controller? SEAN MARIHUGH: Sure. And I’ll come walk you through what my setup is like, too. SATYA NADELLA: Got it. SEAN MARIHUGH: So, I have this lightweight joystick. So, this is how I move around, and I can — once I’m steering the ship, I can move it using that as well. And so, I have this tiny little button setup as my shift function. So, as I hold this, I can then look around using that same joystick. SATYA NADELLA: Ah, great. And then how do I participate? SEAN MARIHUGH: Sure. So, we’re using Copilot. SATYA NADELLA: Ah. SEAN MARIHUGH: We’re basically using two controllers to control the same character. SATYA NADELLA: Right. SEAN MARIHUGH: So, at any time you can kind of jump in and take control. SATYA NADELLA: So, I can jump in and you can be copiloting with me. And that’s a great way for anyone to start getting familiar with the controls, participate, and enjoy the game, even if they, one, don’t have all of the understanding of the game, but in particular with any limited mobility you have someone else helping them throughout. SEAN MARIHUGH: Absolutely. And so, what I love about it is even for someone who can maybe only press a few buttons, they can game with a friend and family and it makes it a lot of fun. SATYA NADELLA: Got it. So, it’s just not only the Adaptive Controller and all of these other peripherals, but it’s even this mode essentially, the Copilot mode, that makes Xbox a much more inclusive platform for people with limited mobility. SEAN MARIHUGH: Absolutely. SATYA NADELLA: I know one of the things that you have is this new packaging. You want to tell us a little bit about the Adaptive Controller’s packaging itself? SEAN MARIHUGH: So, the packaging, which I’ve been really excited about, is probably the first packaging out there that’s designed from the ground up for someone with limited mobility. So, it has loops on the packaging that make it really easy to open. So, I’m going to go ahead and open this one up. SATYA NADELLA: Yeah. Just cool. SEAN MARIHUGH: So, again I have loops that kind of tear the tape on the device, too. SATYA NADELLA: Yeah. Wow. So, it just sets a complete new bar even for how one should design packaging with inclusiveness as top-of- mind design criteria. That’s fantastic. So, how does anyone go learn more about all of these peripherals and how do they get started? SEAN MARIHUGH: Yeah, so the device is available today, aka.ms/XboxAdaptiveController. And the community has already rallied around it and created such cool setups. So, I’m really excited to see what else is to come with what people create, with some of the attachments and things like that. SATYA NADELLA: Thank you so much, Sean.

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  1. 0:28 – Dude, that is literally the Wii Nunchuk there!!!! No jokes, look! lol Why did they not spruik the point that other brand peripherals such as that Nintendo Wii Nunchuk would work with this setup!!!???

  2. oh poor employee… he just repeated fun and exited over and over… Satya that has nothing to do with that thing explained all you must… but relax he's your boss, you'll be allright

  3. Please put this up on more markets so it can be more noticeable. This should be huge news but because people can only see it through your website the only people hearing about it are people who already know about it. Parents need to see this, family and friends need to see this. not just microsoft followers. Please do not doom this to just a niche peripheral that becomes a collectors item a few years down the line. this needs to be available everywhere.

  4. I got one too and I love it, I can now use the left trigger on the controller through the adaptive controller using the pedal that I use for like call of duty or any shooting games and Forza games I use the numchuck controller. Can’t wait to try it on other games.

  5. You are awesome Microsoft. My nephew has Cerebral Palsy and has difficulty sometime managing the controller. This can make a difference. Thanks for this…and also my Bad ass XBOX 1X.

  6. No link in the description!? Let me rectify that… Wait; Can users post links? I heard there's an automatic shadowban on link posters…

  7. I've been asking for this product since 1999 when I lost an arm. While it's good that it has been brought to market, don't think that this is all about MSFT being a good citizen. They did this because they see it as a way to increase revenue. I find it sickening that they pat themselves on the back for this controller and conveniently forget about the years they they ignored their disabled users requests. There's an old saying that "You can tell the character of a man by the way they treat people who mean nothing to them" and Microsoft does not even come close to meeting this bar. (P.S. I was a Microsoft employee from 1992 to 2009 so know a little bit about the internal workings at the time).

  8. When this controller goes into full swing and people start getting used to the controllers, I wonder if they will have some sort of "special e-sports", kind of like having a special olympics, where people with limited mobility would compete.

  9. Man I thought of this years ago playing animal crossing for Wii my son controlled the thumb stick and I tell him where to go while I performed the actions with the other controller. Which may I say Wii has the hardest games to control it is not kid friendly.

  10. amazing. even more people can get into gaming especially people with disabilities. glad that people can either get back into gaming or start gaming. also this proves that XBOXis better than PS4. just saying.

  11. This is why xbox (microsoft) is better than playstation (sony) because kids can know game without having a hard time controlling it

  12. My daughter was born with no fingers on her right hand. She loves games. I can't wait to get this for her. Dam near brought tears to my eyes. THANK YOU MICROSOFT!!!!!

  13. It kinda looks like a dj pad! A kid who needs to use that can say, “I’m a DJ gamer!” 😂😂😂
    (I’m not trying to be offensive.)

  14. This is an amazing idea. I think that even if you were born as a normal person, you could have a lot of fun with copilot. I just think it’s really fun idea for anyone.

  15. First of all THIS IS AWESOME!! What you guys are doing. However, I am have been programming and building computers since 1985 on a commadore 64 and apple IIe. I say this because since the revolution, or commonality, of the personal computer I have been disheartened that everyone (especially the industry) thought that all computers had to look and function the same. we were locked in to these lame interface designs. You all have broken the mold for a good purpose. Bout time!!:)

  16. I love the commercial featuring the special needs kids playing with the adaptive Microsoft control. It is very inspiring and beautiful. Thank you to the brilliant minds that came up with this commercial!

  17. This is flat-out the best thing any game company has ever come out with four kids who have disabilities I have to say I am happy that a game company has actually made a controller for kids who have abilities like this to actually game with kids who don't have a disability to make it fair to make it honestly the same for some that don't have the capability of doing what others can do I would be happy to back something like this up and I hope as a Sony PlayStation person that PlayStation make something like this to this is an incredible controller and I think it changes so much of the gaming community making it fair for others to play at the same level as regular people do

  18. And now the xbox supports the use of Wii Nunchuck! This reminds me of the NES controller for disabled people, you know, the one you could control without the use of your hands.

  19. Minecraft porque você teve que colocar para jogar online Live Gold eu tô ficando muito irritada com isso arruma isso por favor porque eu ainda tão caro tão caro e agora tem que ter que comprar Live Gold

  20. For some reason the comments are disabled on the other video:
    So this controller looked REALLY stupid (i blame linustechtips)
    But it's nice that microfrost is trying to do something for disabled people, everyone should be able to enjoy what they like properly (mods are a huge help on the pc, stuff like this is, even some devs are starting to put helpful stuff like colorblind mode)

  21. I recently bought one of these. I am 54 and having difficulty with my hands, which is getting worse. I've never been able to fully master the proper controller, so I decided to get one of these so I can still play with my son. Linus Tech Tips did a review which pointed out that Microsoft will never make money on this. This is going to be as game changing as the original iPhone. Imagine what Stephen Hawking could have done with one of these. I watched a video of someone with I think MS who could barely move his hands playing a football game with his feet and kicking ass. *This device is an act of love*. Haters gonna hate no matter what Microsoft does, so time to ignore them and appreciate this for what it is – it's the start of an industry of adaptability bringing technology to those who have previously been passed by. Veterans with war injuries, old people with strokes, kids with birth defects – this device is an equalizer.

  22. Microsoft why have you stoped putting updates to old gen after minecraft update aquatic im waiting for that for days

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