Xbox head Phil Spencer has shared an awesome story. On Twitter he re-shared a post from “EyeGazeGirl aka Becky,” who is using the Xbox Adaptive Controller to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The device allows you to map controls so that they’re easy for anyone, especially those with disabilities, to use, regardless of how unique the control methods are. Amazingly, it also works across all platforms, which is how Becky is able to use it with her Nintendo Switch.
This is me playing #AnimalCrossingNewHorizions on #NintendoSwitch using XBox Adaptive Controller, moving joystick with my chin and switches with my head and hand. Thanks to @SpecialEffect for getting me in the game. Looking forward to seeing @beckyfr0st on #Twitch tomorrow! ? pic.twitter.com/8yterSYAnb
— EyeGazeGirl aka Becky (@beckyloutyler) April 2, 2020
As you can see, Becky is using the Xbox Adaptive Controller to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons with her chin and head switches. It’s so great to see that as many people as possible can enjoy games thanks to this device, regardless of their ability. Hopefully Becky isn’t suffering too much with all of these Easter eggs dropping around our islands like we were till today.
Becky is an ambassador for Special Effect, a UK-based charity that seeks to level the playing field for gamers with physical disabilities. She also has her own YouTube channel where she showcases the tech she uses to play games, such as the EyeMine for playing Minecraft. She’s not just about adaptive technology though; she even shares her builds in The Sims 4.