Specialized Buttons Enhance Xbox Adaptive Controller
Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller is a pretty powerful device for disabled gamers, so much so that the United States government is using it to help veterans game again. It's a neat piece of kit, but it also may require additional peripherals to work well — and that's why the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit was developed.
A bit of background: the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a specialized controller where every single button function can be connected to a simple 1/8" plug. This allows disabled gamers to plug in switches of nearly any conceivable design, allowing them to play games in situations where a regular controller won't cut it. Now, Logitech has created their own set of peripherals to supplement Microsoft's efforts. Check out this video to see it in action:
Logitech aims to make the use of the Xbox Adaptive Controller much easier by simply providing a set of switches that can easily be hooked up to Microsoft's specialized game input device.
It's fair to say that not everyone will be able to use buttons of this type, but there are surely a great many people who probably just need simple buttons of varying design. They could wire up something custom or buy an off-the-shelf button somewhere, but Logitech has decided to just create a package of peripherals that gives disabled gamers a whole lot of options.
Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit Comes With A Dozen Buttons
Simply put, the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit is a package of a dozen buttons that can be used for many different gaming scenarios. Here's what comes in the kit:
- 4 Light Touch Buttons with a 12mm height that can be activated with low force.
- 2 Variable Triggers which function like gas pedals and can be fine tuned for the required activiation pressure.
- 3 Small buttons approximately 1.4" in diameter with low height.
- 3 Large Buttons approximately 2.5" in diameters that can be activated across the full surface.
There won't be any sort of crazy, complicated setup required to make use of the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit; simply plug the buttons into the desired controller inputs and get going. The price isn't too bad, either — you can get this entire kit for just $99.99.
Although this is a pretty neat system, there is one single potential downside to the package. 19 of the plug-in ports on the rear of the Xbox Adaptive Controller are focused on game controls. If you needed enough buttons to cover all of these ports, you'd have to purchase two of these kits.
There also doesn't yet seem to be a way to purchase these buttons individually. If you need more than the 3 Small Buttons, for example, you would probably have to purchase multiple kits and figure out what to do with the rest. Hopefully, this first package will be supplemented at a later date by the ability to purchase individual buttons for a more customized experience.
If you or someone you know could make good use of the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit, you can buy it Logitech's website for $99.99 or your regional equivalent.
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