Proteus for Xbox Adds Building Blocks Toward Accessibility

Byowave’s new Proteus Controller for Microsoft Xbox doesn’t look like a typical gaming device, and that’s totally by design. Announced ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and as part of Microsoft’s continuing efforts toward inclusivity, the unique modular kit is tailored to accommodate gamers with disabilities. It allows them autonomy and the ability to piece together the LEGO-like block modules into gaming controllers that cater to their own needs.

Developed for Xbox gaming consoles and Windows 10 PC gaming, Byowave used the input of disabled and non-disabled gamers alike – alongside professionals including occupational therapists, gaming specialists in children’s hospitals, and caregivers of disabled gamers – to design the multi-configurable controller. Nearly as paramount was identifying the importance of allowing Proteus users the option to share their designs with others within their community, much the same way LEGO enthusiasts share their unique builds.

Whether it’s adjusting the position of buttons, changing the sensitivity of feedback, or configuring the controller to be used with different parts of the body, the Proteus can be pieced together in a wide variety of arrangements. Users assemble analog sticks, D-pad controls, triggers, grips, and other modules to break free from the standard 2-hand horizontal controller configuration.

Beyond the Proteus’ physical design, Byowave has also invested in creating software allowing users to further customize the controller with an easily navigable app, which makes programming and customizing the controls a simple task. The app’s strength is its intuitive and accessible interface, ensuring gamers of all technical skill levels can make the most of their controller.

As part of Microsoft’s “Designed for Xbox” program gaming, the Proteus Controller is a refreshing reminder that designing for inclusivity should be a rule rather than exception in an effort to open doors for expanded use, interaction, and application.

The $255 Proteus kit is expected to launch this fall, and will include a charging cable, grips, wireless USB dongle, and starter modules to get gamers ready to play. You can stayed tuned or preorder at byowave.com.

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