Microsoft has just introduced a new packing for its Xbox Adaptive Controller to make it easier for gamers with disabilities to unpack the controller. Gamers will no longer need to use their teeth to unpack the box as claimed by the company. To give some context, Microsoft initially launched the first Xbox Adaptive Controller back in May and this new controller was designed for gamers with disabilities. As previously reported, the device comes two large programmable buttons along with 19 jacks that can be connected to several different joysticks, buttons and switches and other accessories.
The access to this number of accessories makes it easier for gamers with disabilities to play games on both the Xbox and Windows 10-powered devices. According to a report by The Verge, Microsoft detailed that its product designers spend hours watching unboxing videos on YouTube realizing that most boxes are not designed “to be opened” as easily as possible. Mark Weiser, one of the packaging designer working at Microsoft issued a statement adding, “A lot of these limited mobility gamers are actually used to opening packages with their teeth.”
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As mentioned previously, the company has made sure that gamers will not need to use their teeth to open the new packaging making sure that the experience is easier and friendly. The company named this new approach as ‘no teeth’ principle Detailing the new packaging, the report points out that it comes with a number of loops, hinges, levers, including ribbon, and multiple access points to make the unboxing easier. In addition to the main box, the outside packaging will also come with a loop to make it easier to peel away the outer packaging.
The report also pointed out that Microsoft tested the design of the packaging for “over the past year” with the help of a range of gamers with disabilities to ensure that they got it right. The company added that it wants “to deliver an empowering unboxing experience” for its users as it is “a lot more rewarding” if gamers are able to unbox the controller without any assistance. Microsoft revealed that its Xbox Adaptive Controller along with the new accessible packaging will go on sale starting from September 2018 for $99.99.