In recent years, the gaming industry has made strides to improve accessibility for disabled gamers. Thanks to charities like AbleGamers and Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller, there are more options than ever. But something that may have been overlooked when it comes to even those options is the package they come in.
For many disabled gamers, opening the boxes gaming controllers are shipped in is as much as a challenge as playing the game. Speaking with The Verge, Microsoft packaging designer Mark Weiser talked about how the team at Microsoft has created more user-friendly packaging for the Xbox Adaptive Controller
“A lot of these limited mobility gamers are actually used to opening packages with their teeth,” Weiser said. He goes on to explain that they want the unboxing to be the same for disabled gamers. “We wanted to deliver an empowering unboxing experience.”
The packaging contains loops, multiple access points, hinges, levers, and ribbons, all of which make it as easy as possible to unbox the new controller. The outside of the package even has a loop that will be peeled away to reveal the main package.
Microsoft will launch its Xbox Adaptive Controller this September at a price point of $99.
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