The operative word is “adaptive”. XAC’s potential truly begins with its back-side strip. There, you’ll find a whopping 19 ports, all 3.5mm jacks. No, this isn’t a giant middle finger to the headphone-jack haters at Apple and Google. Rather, these ports see Microsoft connecting with, and loudly celebrating, what has long been an open secret in the world of gaming peripherals: the community of add-on devices designed for limited-mobility gamers.
Oversized buttons, finger switches, blowing tubes, foot pedals, and other specialized inputs have long been built for gamers who can’t hold onto or efficiently use average controllers (gamepads, keyboards, mice). Recent speeches from company heads like CEO Satya Nadella and Xbox chief Phil Spencer have paid lip service to “inclusivity” in computing and gaming, but this device, the XAC, aims to do the trick by connecting niche add-ons to standard Microsoft hardware.
This is a hugely important device for gamers with limited mobility. Nothing but praise for Microsoft for developing a device like this.
Hate to be that guy, but games are nice but allowing people to use computers for general work would be better. I know there are exciting technologies out there, and its been close to ten years since I worked with them. But at least back then, they could have used some improvement. Hopefully some of this tech is transferable to other realms.