Microsoft expands input possibilities with Xbox controller keyboard remapping – GameTopic

Microsoft expands input possibilities with Xbox controller keyboard remapping - GameTopic

Xbox Update Preview Adds Keyboard Remapping for Disabled Gamers

Hey there, Xbox Update Preview Alpha users! Get ready for some awesome accessibility additions coming your way in the next update. We all know how frustrating it can be for physically disabled players who need different control methods, but fear not, this update has got you covered!

In a recent Xbox Wire post, it was revealed that players in the Update Preview program will now have the ability to map keyboard keys to either the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 or the Xbox Adaptive Controller. This is a game-changer for disabled players who struggle with traditional keyboards.

Now, let me address the limitations. Currently, you can only map single keys or functions like “Ctrl+Alt+W” to a controller button. Of course, this feature will only work if a game supports keyboard functionality, so results may vary from title to title.

But let’s focus on the positives here. This update expands the selection of accessible hardware, giving physically disabled players even more options. And for those rocking extensive Xbox Adaptive Controller setups, this means you can use the devices that best fit your needs across a variety of PC and Xbox games. Talk about leveling the playing field!

It’s crucial to remember that accessibility goes beyond in-game options. Hardware plays a pivotal role in accommodating the needs of disabled players. So kudos to Xbox for recognizing that and stepping up their accessibility game!

If you’re hungry for more information on Xbox’s plans for accessibility, we’ve got you covered. Check out our feature with the Director of Accessibility at Xbox, as well as our interview with Turn 10 Studios developers and consultants. And if you’re up for a deep dive, we’ve even got a comprehensive breakdown of the FTC v. Microsoft trial. We’ve left no stone unturned!

Lastly, shoutout to Grant Stoner, a disabled journalist who tirelessly covers accessibility and the disabled perspective in video games. When he’s not busy writing, you can find him screaming about Pokémon or his cat, Goomba, on Twitter. Give the man a follow!

That’s it for now, folks. Stay tuned for more exciting updates and remember, gaming should be accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Keep gaming, keep smiling!