Microsoft has unveiled a whole new line of adaptive accessories, and it could help improve the accessibility of gaming PCs. The new peripheral ecosystem aims to be highly adaptable and easy to use, allowing users to create a specific configuration by according to individual needs.
The Microsoft Adaptive line of accessories aren’t designed just for gaming PC use, as they will improve accessibility on a variety of Windows devices. The range includes a customizable multi-function wireless button using 3D printed parts, allowing you to use it as an alternative keyboard for work and play. Accompanying the button is an adaptive mouse, which pairs with various “tails” that transform its form factor.
According to Microsoft’s accessibility blog, “every piece is designed in partnership with the disability community”, and the range is aimed at those who struggle with traditional desktop setups. While other companies like the Xbox Adaptive Controller help provide alternative gamepad inputs, new adaptive accessories can help more people play the best PC games without a gaming mouse or keyboard.
The Adaptive Accessories Microsoft Store page includes a host of 3D printed examples, but the PC gaming community will no doubt come up with specific designs suitable for FPS games, MMO experiences like FFXIV, and non-gaming applications like Microsoft Excel. . It’s not yet known how much the Adaptive Mouse and Wireless Button will cost, but both devices are expected to arrive later this year.