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Advances in digital inclusion

Microsoft have become the first popular gaming company to release an all accessible adaptive controller allowing PC and Xbox games to be more inclusive.

Gabi Michel, the senior Xbox hardware programme manager says ‘the traditional Xbox controller is not accessible to gamers with limited mobility’ leading to the company to completely scrap the idea of the two-hand held controller and opted for a more accessible ‘desktop’ style controller along with availability to connect extra devices via the 19 3.5mm ports and 2 USB ports.

The controller, which has been a work in progress since 2015, is compatible with Windows 10 PC’s via Bluetooth and all extra components can be added, removed or swapped during gameplay, it is due to go on sale later in the year for £75.

1 in 3 limited capability users have stopped playing video games due to disability

Source: Muscular Dystrophy UK

Alongside the gaming giant’s Microsoft, Round Software have also joined in on the advances of digital inclusion for those with limited access to popular devices.

The bespoke design and introduction of a 65inch multi-touch table packed with images, activities and videos, which is also both height and position adaptable as part of the Digital Heritage Project at Telford and Wrekin’s Southwater Library has given an appealing introduction to digital technology for new user groups – such as those who struggle with mobility and access.

Due to the success and overwhelmingly positive feedback from the users and the library themselves, ongoing development work is due to be taking place in order to add more and to improve functionality to the multi-touch tables.

1 in 3 limited capability users have stopped playing video games due to disability

Source: Southwater Library of Telford and Wrekin Libraries

Both of these developments have improved accessibility for those with limited capabilities showing an advancement in both technology and digital inclusion, and with these ideas ever growing and bespoke creation services being readily available, I wonder what we’ll come up with next!?

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