Microsoft introduces Proteus Controller for Xbox gamers with disabilities

Gamers with disabilities can create a controller that suits their specific needs by making gaming more accessible
An undated image of Proteus Controller. — Byowave
An undated image of Proteus Controller. — Byowave

Microsoft introduced the Proteus Controller, a customisable, modular gamepad designed specifically for Xbox gamers with disabilities. This innovative controller is the result of collaboration between Microsoft and peripheral company Byowave as part of the Designed for Xbox programme.

The Proteus Controller is a wireless modular device consisting of small cubes that can be exchanged, allowing gamers to create a controller that fits their individual needs.

The controller's "snap and play" design makes it easy to connect and disconnect different components, allowing for more than 100 different configurations and LED lighting variations. This means gamers with disabilities can create a controller that suits their specific needs, making gaming more accessible and enjoyable.

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The integrated buttons on the controller are also remappable, allowing for a greater degree of customisation. The Proteus controller is designed to be highly adaptable, making it suitable for people with a wide range of disabilities. Even one-handed players can use the controller in a very comfortable way. 

Additionally, for the Proteus controller, Microsoft is also updating its Xbox Adaptive Controller, which was released in 2018 to help players create adaptive gaming setups. The update will allow more accessories to be attached to the controller, including 12 buttons, a second stick, and a heat switch. 

Proteus Controller pricing

The Proteus Controller is expected to ship in the fall and is available to preorder now at a discounted price of $255. The kit will include a USB-C charging cable, a Bluetooth dongle, and other parts such as left and right handles to create a traditional gamepad and two large one-button peripherals.