New Xbox controller with braille

ByFelicity Rosa 2019-05-11 98

Microsoft patents an Xbox controller with integrated Braille display for visually impaired players.

New Xbox controller with braille


After the Adaptive Controller, Microsoft is working on another controller concept to enable users with physical disabilities to play PC and video games. Last year, Microsoft filed a patent with the US Patent Office for a novel controller with an integrated Braille display for Braille. This week the patent was finally granted.


The Braille controller, as Microsoft calls it in the patent specification, is a little higher than the conventional Xbox One gamepad. In addition to the familiar buttons and sticks, the controller has six levers on the back and a square surface with point-shaped elevations. These can mechanically move up and down and display Braille characters for the player. The six levers are intended to enable the visually impaired player to enter Braille text and, according to the patent, can also be used for haptic feedback. Whether the patent will actually make it to the finished product remains to be seen. It is conceivable, however, that Microsoft will present the new controller at E3 2019 in June.

 

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