A Microsoft controller that makes it easier for people with limited quality to play videogames has won a major industry award.
The Xbox adaptative Controller, which allows gamers to use their own buttons, joysticks and switches to mimic a standard controller, has landless the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Golden Joysticks.
In award the prize for the first time, the Judges in agreement the controller has had a major impact on the entire gambling industry and gamers, piece besides pointing to Xbox’s diverse and comprehensive range of avatars that were discharged last year.
“It’s an honour and privilege to receive the Outstanding Contribution Award for the Xbox adaptative Controller at the Golden Joysticks,” aforesaid Evelyn Thomas, a Program Manager at Xbox who is involved in accessibility strategy and development.
“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 affected by the recognition it has received, portion it to stand out as a true first-of-its-kind – in gambling and beyond.”
The annual, London-hosted event is the second oldest gambling awards ceremony in the world and the largest to use public vote to decide the winners. More than three million votes were cast last year in tons of categories, including Xbox Game of the Year, Most Wanted Game, Best Studio and Ultimate Game of the Year.
Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4 were besides some up for awards, with the latter winning the Xbox Game of the Year Award. nevertheless, it was the Xbox adaptative Controller that particularly caught the Judges’ eyes.
Daniel Dawkins, Global Editor in Chief of Golden Joysticks organiser GamesRadar, aforesaid: “The Xbox adaptative Controller is designed to meet the inevitably of gamers with limited quality and has been wide praised by the industry. Our Judges are delighted to recognise this landmark contribution to gambling aboard Microsoft’s wider efforts to promote diversity and inclusion crosswise their Xbox ecosystem.”
There are around a billion people crosswise the world with a disablement, including 13.9 million people in the UK. Research from Muscular Dystrophy UK found that one-in-three gamers has been forced to stop playing videogames due to their disablement.
Launched in September, the Xbox adaptative Controller lets people choose which helpful aid will make the on-screen character jump, run or shoot, for example, without relying on pressing specific buttons on the controller that came with the console.
The device has delighted charities and gamers with disabilities, who say it will help them continue to enjoy thing they love as well as connect with other people and be more independent.
It can be connected to any Xbox One or Windows 10 PC via Bluetooth, features 19 3.5mm input jackstones and two USB ports. Two, large, easy-to-press programmable buttons and a D-pad means it can besides be used as a standalone controller. The internal lithium-ion battery can be recharged, eliminating the need to change small batteries.