This Xbox Adaptive Controller Mod Makes It Nintendo Switch Compatible
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is even more adaptive than we realised.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been an important step for making games more accessible, but it's had an obvious downside--it's only compatible with Xbox. However, one man has found a way to change this, customizing an Xbox Adaptive Controller to work on Switch for his daughter.
Rory Steel, head of the Digital Jersey Academy, tweeted out a video of his daughter playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch using a heavily customized Xbox Adaptive Controller. There's a lot of cables involved, and he says that this is only the first version, with further iterations to come. But it all works, and his daughter is clearly very pleased.
Finished! Ava gives my homemade #accessibility controller V1.0 the thumbs up. She can play @Nintendo #BreathoftheWild on her #switch like her friends now. All thanks to @Microsoft 🙌 #adaptiveController #XAC @brycej @ArranDyslexia @shanselman pic.twitter.com/dOhGnUFZa0— Rory Steel (@JerseyITGuy) January 19, 2020
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has shared the tweet as well, calling it "incredible." Steel posted an in-progress photo earlier, too, showing how much wire work was involved. He completed the project in a single weekend.
The #1 quality of a digital professional... Patience... Making inroads with the aid of coffee! The controller project is on target for this afternoon. #accessibility @Nintendo #switch @Microsoft #adaptiveController pic.twitter.com/U5z1xjzROe— Rory Steel (@JerseyITGuy) January 19, 2020
Microsoft said back at E3 2018 that it would love to see the controller working on PS4 and Switch, and while official support has not come, it looks like it's technically possible on Switch at least.
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