Logitech has announced a new Adaptive Gaming Kit for folks who have limited mobility and can’t play video games on conventional controllers. The kit expands the capabilities of Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller, adding additional buttons and variable triggers.
Available for $99.99 on Logitech’s site, the kit comes with a few small and large buttons, light touch buttons, variable triggers, as well as two hook and loop game boards—one rigid and one flexible. All told, there are 12 plug-and-play buttons and triggers, and the package is designed to be assembled in any configuration required for the special needs of a player who might only have one hand or some other limitation.
Since no two disabilities are the same, folks with physical disabilities often have to seek custom controllers to be comfortable and effective at playing games. Before Microsoft launched its Xbox Adaptive Controller last year, it was super expensive to get that level of flexibility and customization in a gaming controller. And your own solution would involve hacking together a central board and buttons and so on.
The Logitech kit is made to be used with Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller, which also goes for $99.99, though that price doesn’t include any of the attachable accessories (buttons). As mentioned in the intro, the kit expands the capabilities of Microsoft’s base Xbox Adaptive Controller, adding additional buttons, and variable triggers so you can “build a whole controller” that fits your needs.
While $200 for both Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller and Logitech’s kit is more than you would spend on a regular Xbox controller, it’s a whole lot cheaper and easier than hacking together a homebrew solution. Logitech’s kit alone is far more affordable than the similar buttons you can buy elsewhere—even from Microsoft. Depending on what ones you buy, they could easily total hundreds of extra dollars (a single “big red switch” costs $55.25 for instance).
It’s cool to see a big company like Logitech to not only realize the need for this type of product but to make it so much more affordable than existing options. This might make for a great Christmas gift if you know anyone who can’t use both hands or all of their fingers to play video games.