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A new Xbox controller for disabled gamers, the Proteus, is coming later this fall

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Microsoft’s Xbox division is recognizing World Accessibility Awareness Day on May 16 with some new updates on how the company continues to make its games and products more accessible for gamers with disabilities. The biggest reveal is the upcoming Proteus controller, a modular device developed by Byowave in collaboration with the Designed by Xbox team.

B Post on Xbox WireMicrosoft says:

The unique modular video game controller kit features innovative plug-and-play parts that connect easily and come with everything gamers need to play their favorite Xbox and PC games right out of the box.

The Proteus controller is now available for pre-order on the Byowave website At a special VIP price of $255 while supplies last. The controller will be officially launched later this fall at a price of $299.

Microsoft also announced some upcoming software updates for its own Xbox Adaptive Controller. When released, additional accessories will work with the controller via its USB port. The update will be released first to members of the Xbox Insider program and will be made generally available in the coming months.

Microsoft also says it’s streamlining the process for gaming accessibility hardware manufacturers to certify their products and receive the Designed for Xbox seal of approval. In addition, it says it will listen to “feedback from the disability community and non-profit organizations to create products that elevate your gaming experience and meet diverse needs.”

Microsoft has also added new filters to the My Games & Apps section of its Xbox consoles. Gamers can use filters to find which games have certain accessibility features, such as game menus, voiceovers, and more.

Finally, Microsoft is putting the spotlight on certain games that have new or updated accessibility features, including King’s Candy Crush Saga and Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III. Blizzard plans to unveil some new accessibility features for Diablo IV tomorrow, may 16, on her YouTube channel.

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