The company patents a new controller designed for the visually impaired.
You really have to hand it to Microsoft: the company really wants everyone to enjoy the Xbox One console, which is why they have been making extra efforts on how to make it accessible to more users – even with people with disabilities.
Microsoft has already released an Xbox Adaptive Controller a few months ago that opened a whole new opportunity to make games more accessible to any type of user, but this new patent filed by the company reveals another interesting take on its current Xbox One controller.
This special controller is made specifically for visually impaired users, and while it looks like a standard controller at the front, looking at the back will reveal bump matrix display. This display allows the controller to display braille, letting users grasp it with fingers so they know what button or function they’re pressing.
From the image above, you can also see that Microsoft has included paddles on the controller, which was found initially on the Elite controller released a few years back. We’ve learned that these paddles can be used to send messages that are encoded in braille. Additionally, the controller will also have haptic feedback so users can use it as an alternative when communicating.
At the moment, this is still a patent so we don’t know when Microsoft is planning to release the controller. But it’s great to know that they’re taking accessibility as part of its core features when making accessories like this.