Accepting Ideas - Ease of Access

Vote and comment on ideas for improving Ease of Access on Xbox One. TEAM XBOX is constantly improving our options for accessibility in an effort to make gaming on Xbox and Windows a great experience for everyone! The team is looking for your input on the following categories:

  • Game Accessibility – What do you want to see in games that would make them more accessible?
  • Xbox System Accessibility – How can we make the Xbox system more accessible so it is easier for you to use?
  • Accessibility Feature Improvements – What changes can we make to the accessibility features so they better meets your needs?

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  1. Distinct or Configurable Sounds for Notifications

    Provide additional audio cues for people who for vision or cognitive reasons are unable to read the notifications that only appear on-screen for a fixed period. Ideally different sounds for different types of notification, allowing some to be understood without the need to go into the notifications log. This would also mean some added convenience for gamers in general, as there is less need to shift focus from gameplay.

    157 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Xbox System Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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…

      148 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Game Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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…

        173 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Game Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • implement the Text-to-speech API for Microsoft Games

          Make integrating text to speech in game menus a priority. Currently, totally blind users need to use sighted help or use complex solutions to read the menus on games that are otherwise quite accessible. Implementing text-to-speech on menus would go a long way to making many games accessible to totally blind players.

          135 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Xbox System Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide A More Direct Route for Accessibility Feedback on Console

            While the uservoice forum is great, visibility of it could be better. A permanent call for feedback directly from the ease of access settings on the console might be a nice way of increasing visibility.

            97 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Xbox System Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Audio Description in Movies and TV for Vision Impaired Users

              For movies and TV, provide Audio Description audio tracks for those who are blind or have low vision, and cannot see what is happening on the screen.

              Additionally, give an option to play this audio track either through main audio output, or over a connected headset, so the visually impaired viewer can take in the audio description without forcing others with whom they are watching content to also listen to the audio description. Would enhance the "Together" experience.

              94 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Accessibility Feature Improvements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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…

                70 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Accessibility Feature Improvements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  83 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Accessibility Feature Improvements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

                    55 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Xbox System Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      73 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Game Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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…

                        63 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Xbox System Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          44 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Accessibility Feature Improvements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            65 votes
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