What is Adaptive Gaming?
Adaptive gaming is all about making gaming more accessible. Some gamers may have difficulty using standard controllers or input devices which may limit their participation. Adaptive controls are designed to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility. Keyboard and console controller functions can be remapped so the same actions can be used by access switches and joysticks. Many games and gaming platforms have built in settings for remapping.
The release of the Xbox Adaptive Controller now makes it much easier for a gamers to customize how they game with alternative controls. External devices such as switches, buttons, mounts and joysticks can be arranged in a way to meet the needs of the gamer, making it uniquely theirs.
Adaptive Gaming Set Up
1. Research a tray that works best for yourself (like the IKEA BYLLAN tray)
2. Lay hook and loop fastener (e.g. VELCRO) on a tray or tabletop.
3. Lay hook and loop fastener on underside of switches
4. Place switch on laptop tray or tabletop. When aligning switches, it can be helpful to match the arrangement of the controller functions that they are replacing.
5. Plug the switch’s 3.5 mm jack into the corresponding port on the Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC).
6. Connect the XAC to your Xbox console or PC and start up your system.
7. You can customize your XAC profile for up to 3 different games or for 3 different gamers.
Examples of Different Gaming Set Ups
This setup includes an Xbox Adaptive Controller, two MMC 60 Switches and a knobbed joystick
This setup includes an Xbox Adaptive Controller, an MMC 60 Switch and an adaptive joystick
This setup includes an Xbox Adaptive Controller, two MMC 60 Switches and two Raindrop switches.
This setup uses an Xbox Adaptive Controller, an Xbox Controller setup in co-pilot mode and 3 commercially available AT Ultra Light HD Switches (similar to the open-source Light Touch Switch).