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Thanks for participating in the Ease of Access Idea Drive, one of the longer running Idea Drives on the site! We asked you to provide your suggestions and comments to help uncover ways TEAM XBOX can continue to improve options for accessibility so that gaming on Xbox and Windows is a great experience for everyone. 

If you'd like to continue to provide suggestions and comments, visit the weekly Xbox Features thread we've started at http://aka.ms/xboxrequests and join the conversation in the most recent thread. You can leave us ideas you have for all facets of Gaming, include Game Accessibility, Xbox System Accessibility and Accessibility Feature Improvements. We will have a follow-up blog post on the Insider section of the Xbox Wire available over the next couple months.

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  1. Allow Voice Commands in Games Via Headsets

    Kinect was as much about speech recognition as it was about motion tracking. But games that employed voice commands almost exclusively did so via the Kinect hardware and not by headset microphones. Since then, Cortana was integrated into Xbox. But it is only applied to the Xbox interface and not to games.

    If voice commands via any headset (not exclusively through Microsoft accessories) were supported for games, it would greatly advance the console in two ways.

    First, it would empower disabled gamers by supplanting or augmenting motor controls with voice controls, thereby expanding and improving accessibility.

    Second, it would help…

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  2. Colorblind Information on Product Pages in Store

    A descriptive information field when purchasing games digitally from the store (and possibly on physical copies as well) under the Capabilities List that states Colorblind Accessibility Yes or No.

    I believe having this as a description that developers would have to submit with the game might remind them to incorporate colorblind options with their games. Many devs forget about colorblind players even though there are a lot of us.

    There are many games I wait to purchase until I can find out if colorblindness is going to cause an issue, especially PVP team shooters, RTS, and card or board type…

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  3. System level preference for voice chat

    Gamers who do not use voice chat, for reasons of impairment or otherwise, are routinely excluded from online gaming, kicked out by other players.

    Text to speech and speech to text are not always an answer, even with the best technology there will be players who are simply not willing to communicate with others, through preference or due to a condition. It is unfair for these people to be kicked out of games, and unfair for players who want to use communication to be forced to play with gamers who do not communicate.

    Being able to show other players what…

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  4. Directional Vibrations From the Controller to Help Those With Hearing Impairments

    Some games you need sound to maximize your gameplay. Such as CoD or Fortnite where it gives off sounds in a specific direction. For those with hearing problems they probably can't utilize thatbfeature and so maybe a vibration will help assist thatvproblem.

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