Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller goes on sale today

This new input device is a godsend for gamers who have difficulty with regular gamepads and is likely to usher in a big change in how we control our games.

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It was just a few short months ago that the device codenamed “Project Z” finally saw the light of day when Microsoft officially took the wraps off the Xbox Adaptive Controller. Featuring a radical new design and making use of multiple 3.5mm input jacks that allow for external buttons, triggers, and other input switches, the XBox Adaptive Controller opens up the world of games to a player base that might otherwise be unable to enjoy. After years in development and a summer-long press tour where folks on the ground got to try the device out, the controller officially goes on sale today.

Priced at $99.99, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a comparative bargain when matched against specialized devices that only offer a fraction of the functionality. In Microsoft’s news announcement, they explained that the device was engineered for inclusion, “The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a product that was ideated and pioneered with inclusivity at its heart. We iterated on and refined it through close partnership with gamers with limited mobility and fan feedback, as well as guidance and creativity from accessibility experts, advocates and partners such as The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, Special Effect and Warfighter Engaged.”

Even the packaging for the controller reveals the amount of thought and care that went into this project. The packaging includes various access points, hinges, loops, levers, and ribbons to make the experience of opening it and getting it totally unboxed as painless as possible. The exterior of the packaging that it ships in will even feature a special loop that you can peel away to get into the main box.

Additionally, the modular nature of its 3.5mm inputs means that the Xbox Adaptive Controller is sure to be at the heart of all kinds of custom projects and applications. What began as a labor of love and inclusion also has the possibility to open new doors for game and software input.

Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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    September 4, 2018 1:40 PM

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      September 4, 2018 3:49 PM

      I'm super impressed and happy that this exists, and I'd like to buy one just to show support. But on the other hand, I don't want to risk buying one that someone actually needs. Does anyone know how many were produced?

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        September 4, 2018 4:33 PM

        Just buy it, I will for sure. The more people buying it the more incentive to make more.

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        September 4, 2018 4:40 PM

        You could buy one and donate it to a hospital or something. Or maybe to the Child’s Play charity.

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        September 4, 2018 9:39 PM

        I would like an option to buy one from a store page that gets donated to a charity with a waiting list of recipients.

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          September 4, 2018 10:20 PM

          That would be super awesome

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          September 4, 2018 10:29 PM

          Maybe best to just donate the amount to https://ablegamers.org/ though. They might just end up with stacks of controllers and no one that needs them if they specifically gave the ability to buy a controller to donate

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            September 4, 2018 10:31 PM

            https://ablegamers.org/ways-to-give/ says

            If you have gently used consoles,games or other in-kind donations they can be be sent to:
            AbleGamers Charity
            Care of: In-Kind Donations
            179 E Burr Blvd Suite Q,
            Kearneysville, WV 25430


            So maybe you could buy one and send it to them.

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      September 4, 2018 7:13 PM

      Maybe this is what you need for battle field 5

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      September 4, 2018 9:41 PM

      Hey i could probably use my electronic drums with this

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      September 5, 2018 1:43 AM

      This looks amazing. It might just be the ticket to let my daughter finally play games. She's got cerebral palsy and doesn't have much fine motor control. She likes watching me play but if she could control the game I'm sure she would love it.

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      September 5, 2018 4:37 AM

      Got to get my order in.