Xbox continues to be at the forefront of accessibility in gaming. A new patent has been discovered for an Xbox Game Controller that supports Braille.
Discovered first by Dutch gaming website Let's Go Digital
, Microsoft has filed a patent
last week for a controller accessory that would enable the user to read and write Braille
. The attachment connect to the back of the controller, where nine dot matrices would create Braille characters for the user to feel. There are also six paddle-like appendages that the user can use to input Braille characters for the game to read.
The attachment appears to also support voice-to-text inputs
and a number of different haptic feedback options.
But, like all patents. There is no guarantee that this will make it to production and public markets
. But based on Microsoft's dedication to creating accessible options for disabled gamers, this seems like exactly what they want to create.
I admit, I'm not entirely sure what kind of games would be available to blind gamers. But I'm glad it'll be a little easier for them now.