The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a device for Microsoft which is designed for gamers with limited mobility to make gaming more accessible.
While the Xbox Adaptive Controller does have other accessibility features, in this video we’re going to be looking at some of the switches we use here at SpecialEfect and how to use them in the Adaptive Controller.
Here at SpecialEffect we use a range of different switches with the people that we work with.
The type of switch that we use depend entirely on the amount or type of functional movement that the individual has.
The Ultra Light switch is a small light weight switch.
It requires very little pressure to activate and provides audible and tactile feedback when the switch has been pressed. We use these with people who have very small movements or limited strength.
They are great for mounting on controllers or in small spaces where people might have tiny movements.
The buddy button is a larger switch and it’s great for people who did not have a limited strength and like to use large movements to hit it, such as with their hands, their feet or their head.
The Specs which is a little bit smaller than the Buddy Button, but it requires the same amount of pressure to activate it.
This switch is a very lightweight lever style switch and only takes two grams of pressure to activate.
We use these for people who have very limited strength or very small movements.
Any accessibility switch with a 3.5 millimeter jack should work in the Xbox Adaptive Controller. Here are some examples of other switches
that we use at SpecialEffect.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller has switch ports for every button on a standard Xbox controller.
Switch sockets are all situated on the back of the device and are all clearly labeled.
The X1 and X2 sockets are ‘Up’ on left stick and ‘Down’ on left stick as default.
However these and any of the sockets can be remapped to any button on the controller.
This includes joystick directions for left and right analog sticks.
This means you can use a walk forward switch for first-person games if you can only access one joystick.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller has two large black buttons on the front of it
these are mapped to A and B by default, however they can be remapped to any button on the controller.
You remap your switches on the Xbox One itself or on a PC.
You can save different controller profiles which you can switch between
using the profile button.
The switches can be used alongside a standard Xbox One controller using ‘Copilot’ settings or it can be used as a standalone device.
Thank you for watching this video.
If you have any questions about switches or the Xbox Adaptive Controller please do get in touch with us.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a device from Microsoft which is designed for gamers with limited mobility to make gaming more accessible.
While the Xbox Adaptive Controller does have other accessibility features (use the “XAC” tag on the blog for more info), in this video SpecialEffect Occupational Therapist Frankie takes an introductory look at how accessibility switches can be used with the Xbox Adaptive Controller as an alternative way to access controller buttons or joystick directions.
Equipment Shown (unaffiliated links):
Xbox Adaptive Controller: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/accessories/controllers/xbox-adaptive-controller
Buddy Button: https://www.ablenetinc.com/buddy-button
Specs Switch: https://www.ablenetinc.com/specs-switch
Atec UltraLight HD Switch: http://www.atengineering.us/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=154
Wobble Switch: https://www.ablenetinc.com/wobble-switch
Big Red: https://www.ablenetinc.com/technology/switches/big-red (Big buddy: https://www.ablenetinc.com/technology/switches/big-buddy-button )
Grasp Switch (similar to squeeze switch used in video): https://www.ablenetinc.com/grasp-switch
If you have any questions, please visit the “contact us” page.
Video By Cara Jessop
Music: Pickled Pink, Kevin Macleod https://freepd.com
*Update* 31/03/20 a new post has been added to the site looking at the switches SpecialEffect currently use: https://gameaccess.info/using-switches-to-access-button-presses/