Reggie: Nintendo Was Working On A Device Like Xbox’s Adaptive Controller

He hopes to see it “launched and shared”

Xbox Adaptive Controller
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Accessibility is something that needs a lot more attention in the video game space, and one company helping to make people more aware of this is Microsoft’s gaming division at Xbox. The team released the Xbox Adaptive Controller in 2018 and has also published guidelines to help developers and publishers make their own games more accessible.

According to former Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo apparently had plans to use Xbox’s Adaptive Controller as a “jumping-off point” to develop something that would be “platform-agnostic and adaptable by any consumer”. He’s not sure if the project is still in development, but it was intended to be another “adaptive controller” that could be played on any of the latest platforms:

“Imagine an adaptive controller that you could play with your latest Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo platform. That’s what we were working on three years ago…My hope is that the effort has continued. I’m not sure if it has or has not…But also, my hope is that controller — and the ability for that controller to connect with all of the various systems — is launched and shared with consumers as quickly as possible.”

Do you think the games industry is doing enough when it comes to accessibility in video games? What kind of accessible controller device would you like to see Nintendo produce? Do you think items like the Wii Remote and Joy-Con are enough? Leave your thoughts down below.

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