If a new image purportedly showing off a leaked Xbox controller is the real deal, it looks like Microsoft is currently at work on a product geared toward accessibility. The image was posted via Twitter user h0x0d, who's typically known for leaks, and it appears this could be a new promotional image that's seeped out ahead of Microsoft's official debut.
According to the leakster, the controller's codenamed "Project Z," with "Z" potentially standing for "Zephyrus," and it could end up being named the "Xbox Adaptive Controller." It's certainly an interesting look, as at a glance you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a turntable or something like that. The oversized A and B pads, D-pad, and Xbox button are visible in addition to the regular buttons seen on Xbox One controllers, but there's not a lot of information here as to what kind of functionality the controller might have.
yes, the code name should be "Project Z" as article says, and "Z" maybe stands for "Zephyrus" I heard, also the product name may be "Xbox Adaptive Controller" https://t.co/UbHGwmjQom— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) May 15, 2018
The A and B pads seem as though they'd be programmable, and there's a three-light LED indicator like the one seen on the Xbox One Elite controller, as well as a series of inputs along the top that could potentially be used to connect to other devices. Interestingly, it also includes a USB port and headphone jack, which would obviously assist in helping to program the controller for special Xbox One games and apps.
But that's all we can surmise from the photo so far. Hopefully if this is true we'll hear more about it during Microsoft's E3 keynote, which is being held on June 10 this year. We've got less than a month to go, so we'll see what ends up coming of this leak.