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New Xbox accessibility updates shared in Microsoft's second-annual showcase

A number of accessibility-related updates were shared during Microsoft's second-annual Xbox Accessibility Showcase hosted by Steve Saylor.


Microsoft has been hard at work expanding accessibility options and features for its Xbox consoles, and it had a wealth of updates to share in regards to these efforts during the company’s second-annual Xbox Accessibility Showcase. The showcase, hosted by accessibility advocate, consultant, and content creator Steve Saylor, recently took place at the Microsoft Inclusive Tech Lab at the company’s Redmond, WA campus.

Image from the Xbox blog post on accessibility updates showing examples such as accessible gaming on Xbox and Windows.
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In an accompanying blog post, Microsoft further outlines what was shared during the showcase. Among today’s announcements, it’s noted that Xbox is expanding the Microsoft Gaming Accessibility Testing Service (MGATS) to include a “Players with Disability” focused offering. Additionally, there’s a touch controls update to the Xbox Accessibility Guidelines, an update to the Xbox Accessibility Support page, and a new Xbox Ambassador Accessibility Explorer Path.

Other things mentioned include the team at Xbox wanting to make video game events more accessible as well, with examples shared such as Gamescom 2022 featuring accessible live broadcasts with English Audio Descriptions, ASL, BSL, and DGS (German) interpretation. Accessibility at events extends to in-booth experiences as well with Xbox Adaptive Controller availability at game stations and sensory processing gear for those who request it.

For more on Microsoft’s efforts to expand and improve accessibility features and options for its players, be sure to read through the full blog post outlining today’s second-annual Xbox Accessibility Showcase. For more Microsoft news, check out some of our previous coverage including Xbox launching Project Amplify to magnify and inspire Black developers in gaming, and Microsoft updating Windows 11 to make iCloud photo libraries viewable in Windows.

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