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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. A One Handed Controller

    Hello, it can be possible to develop, a smaller controller with all button access near. Like your adaptive controller, but smaller with one stick or cross and all button near access one hand. Or like Hori mini-controller with slice button on face.

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  2. Use the Kinect to Track Eye Movement

    Provide the ability to use the Kinect to track eye movements to control various functions on the Xbox.

    118 votes
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  3. Create a Controller That's Easier to Use for Older People

    Development of a controller for older people that's much easier to use.

    115 votes
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  4. Color Palette Settings on Dashboard for People with Kinds of Colorblindness

    It would be very useful if there were changing settings in the color palette of the dashboard for people with some type of color blindness, such as protanopia, deuteranopia, tritanopia, etc.

    113 votes
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  5. 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.

    108 votes
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  6. Separate Mic for People With Hearing Aids

    I hope I’m not the only one, but I got hearing aid wires that can connect to 3.5 mm audio ports. I’ve got problems with hearing my Xbox Live party with the headset With the headset, I can speak into it easily, but I had no choice but to hear my Xbox Live party through the TV. I would like Microsoft to have an official mic of their own for those who have hearing aids and have got special wires for them.

    101 votes
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  7. Single/dual switch access

    Accessibility switches are inputs use by people who can't use traditional devices. They take many forms, such as an infra-red blink detector or a headrest mounted button, but they all work in the same way – sending a simple on/off signal, acting as a single button/keypress. Hence why they're called switches.

    The input sometimes registers as an existing controller button, sometimes external Bluetooth devices. And now via the Xbox Adaptive Controller, easy to set up to map directly to controller inputs.

    There are lots of people who use switches who are only able to use one or two. A single…

    94 votes
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  8. Allow Existing Accessibility Home Button Shortcuts to be Re-mapped

    Different features would obviously be more useful to different people, and menu navigation can be a significant burden for some demographics, so a quick means of accessing the features most useful for a given player is valuable.

    Accessibility shortcuts already exist, but they're a fixed set aimed at vision - home buttons shortcuts for zoom and turning text to speech on/off. Being able to choose what these shortcuts are shortcuts to would increase their usefulness.

    For example remap would be a valuable piece of functionality to have the option of a shortcut to, to save the burden of motor impaired…

    88 votes
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  9. Create Official "Standardized" Modular accessories for the Adaptive Controller

    The Adaptive Controller is an awesome idea, not only for disabled gamers, but for able gamers as well. As a fan of games with crazy (but costly) peripherals like Steel Batallion, racing wheels, train controllers (http://dreamcastgaga.blogspot.de/2013/06/densha-de-go-dreamcast-controller.html), DJ turntables etc. this could be a great base for cheap controller accessories.

    The Adaptive Controller is the "base" with all the intelligent controller logic, and peripheral makers "only" need "dumb" digital switch contacts or analogue sliders packed into a cheap plastic shell that fits the game's input need.

    Or take the game Elite Dangerous. A complex simulation where you have to…

    86 votes
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  10. Ability to map multiple inputs to the same button

    For some motor impaired gamers, the requirements to press multiple buttons simultaneously can be a significant barrier. For example, pressing two buttons together to execute a throw in a fighting game.

    A solution is to allow more than one action to be assigned to a single physical button. For example, console level remap allowing players to assign pressing A to instead register A and X simultaneously.

    81 votes
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  11. Configurable double-tap and hold

    Offer a less motor-demanding alternative wherever these actions are required, in the same way as being able to configure double-click speed in Windows.

    No matter what amount of time is set as the default, it will always be too difficult for some and too frustrating for others, so being able to configure it allows everyone to operate those core commands in a way that suits their own abilities and preferences. Being able to set up an alternative to having to double tap or hold would also be helpful.

    81 votes
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  12. Configurable typography

    As well as typeface, other details of typography can make a significant difference to groups under the banner of difficulty reading, particularly where large bodies of text (for example a game description) involved.

    The most important is letter spacing, but also important are mixed case rather than full caps, line spacing, use of bold rather than italics, and left-aligned rather than centred or justified text. If any of these cannot be addressed by default (for example 1.5x line spacing), allow them to be configured.

    The existing OneNote learning tools that are now starting to make their way into other MS…

    67 votes
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  13. Allow Xbox magnifying Tool to Expand One Direction at a Time

    I really love the xbox magnifying tool, and it has been very useful for me personally. The one thing I would love to add to is to have a button that allows you to upscale a game in one direction only if you want to. Like if i wanted to upscale a game horizontally only (instead of upscaling both horizontally and vertically) since sometimes that is all i want and the screen looks weird otherwise.

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