Microsoft is releasing a new, accessibility-friendly controller for Xbox One, if a recent leak is to be believed.
The controller, which is completely rectangular, features a directional pad in the bottom left corner, menu and back buttons above that, and the Xbox button above those. The main feature of the controller, however, are two large circles that appear to be touchpads on the right side of the controller. Symbols representing the different Xbox One button inputs can be seen running along the top edge of the controller.
The popular theory is that these button inputs can be mapped to the large touch pads on the side of the controller, making it much more user friendly for players with different accessibility needs, though obviously that’s just speculation at this point.
An image of the controller was leaked by Twitter user h0x0d, who is a respected Microsoft leaker, so it’s fairly safe to trust the image:
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) May 14, 2018
The leaker followed up that tweet by confirming that the controller is code-named “Project Z,” with the final product name possibly being “Xbox Adaptive Controller,” giving further credence to the idea that this is a highly customizable controller.
yes, the code name should be “Project Z” as article says, and “Z” maybe stands for “Zephyrus” I heard, also the product name may be “Xbox Adaptive Controller” 🤓 https://t.co/UbHGwmjQom
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) May 15, 2018
If Microsoft is planning on releasing “Project Z” sometime in the near future, it seems likely that it will officially reveal it at E3 2018. So far, Xbox has remained fairly quiet about specific reveals, while Sony has basically stated exactly what we can expect to see from its presentation. We know that Xbox is taking over Microsoft Theater for its E3 2018 showcase, but beyond that we don’t know much about the specific games or hardware it’s bringing.
Source: Windows Central