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Xbox Celebrates Dedication to Accessibility on World Accessibility Consciousness Day 2023

World Accessibility Consciousness Day is an thrilling second for Xbox to acknowledge the significance of accessibility, have fun the gamers and builders with disabilities which can be a part of our vibrant, world gaming group, and spotlight current accessibility work at Xbox. To fulfill the wants of over 427 million gamers with disabilities, and create a platform the place everybody feels welcome, protected, and represented, we all know that accessibility consciousness and help is one thing that has to occur each day and must be a part of the group tradition. What this help resembles will fluctuate based mostly on the participant, however in the end, accessibility at Xbox is all about creating gaming experiences that everybody can get pleasure from.     

Gaming is all in regards to the energy of connection and play. And it has been unimaginable these final a number of months watching the power our group has put into studying about sport accessibility, particularly as we proceed our personal accessibility journey and push for a extra inclusive video games business. On World Accessibility Consciousness Day 2023, we’re excited to share with you among the work we’ve been doing in help of our Gaming & Incapacity communities, together with up to date accessibility help pages, new accessibility options on PC, and recognizing the achievements of 1000’s of Xbox Ambassadors who’re displaying how simple and enjoyable it may be to study sport accessibility by finishing over a million Accessibility Explorer Path missions!

A Group Devoted to Accessibility

Xbox Accessibility Ambassador Explorer Path  –  1 Million missions accomplished!

Xbox Ambassadors logo illustration to celebrate accessibility in gaming that features multiple stickers including the Xbox Adaptive Controller, the Xbox Accessibility team logo, a prosthetic leg, a service dog, a hand signing "love" in ASL, the Disability Pride multi-color zig-zag logo, an Xbox wireless controller, a brain, and the text "A11y"

The Xbox Ambassador program is dwelling to a gaggle of world Xbox gamers the place every member celebrates the individuality of everybody who likes to play, promotes a protected gaming atmosphere, and above all else, makes gaming extra enjoyable.  Final yr, when Xbox requested Ambassadors if there was curiosity in studying extra about accessibility, the reply was a powerful sure! This impressed the workforce to create the Xbox Ambassador Accessibility Explorer Path, a gamified expertise that permits Ambassadors to be taught extra about accessibility in gaming, in addition to check out new gaming accessibility options throughout PC and console. By way of the Explorer Path, Ambassadors are given particular quests and missions to finish, all whereas leveling up and having enjoyable.

Because the Xbox Ambassador Accessibility Explorer Path’s launch simply 7 months in the past, over 110 quests had been posed to the group and right this moment we’re excited to announce that Ambassadors collectively accomplished over 1 million missions centered round accessibility, with over 18,000 particular person Ambassadors contributing. Take a look at some tales from Ambassadors beneath:


ctrlaltcraft smiles in an Xbox t-shirt, holding up a pink and orange Xbox controller next to her face.

How would you describe the expertise of following the Accessibility Explorer Path?

Extremely informative! And really thrilling. It’s thrilling to see a enterprise like Microsoft and Xbox taking accessibility so significantly. It attracts from a myriad of assets and articles. It wasn’t simply slapped collectively like a enterprise faking curiosity in accessibility to appear on-trend. You may inform the workforce that put all this collectively really actually cares about this trigger.


ItsMileyGirl holds up an Xbox Pride controller in front of their mouth, with a Pride flag in the background. She is wearing transparent glasses and a pink headband.

What affect did the Accessibility Explorer Path have on how you concentrate on accessibility in gaming?

Earlier than I began the Accessibility Explorer Path I used to be simply beginning to be taught and advocate for accessibility in gaming, however studying extra about accessibility choices and the way they work and the significance they’ve in gaming and media made me admire them much more. Now I’m a fair fiercer advocate! 

If you happen to haven’t carried out any of the Accessibility Explorer Path missions but, all I can say is do it! You’ve obtained nothing to lose however a ton to achieve. You get candy XP, a brand new badge in your profile, get the instruments to be an efficient accessibility advocate and also you be taught extra about accessibility choices and their significance. It’s a win-win-win!

Take a look at extra Ambassador tales right here, and be part of Xbox Ambassadors right this moment!

New Accessibility Updates from Xbox

Up to date Accessibility Assist Pages

Late final yr, Xbox unveiled a redesigned, simpler to navigate help hub for gamers to study all of the accessibility options out there on console and Home windows units. In help of World Accessibility Consciousness Day, we’re happy to share help pages now cowl greater than 150 accessibility controls throughout PC and console, together with new articles like: Adjusting the controller stick settings within the Xbox Equipment app | Xbox Assist  and Accessibility controls for Xbox for PC and Xbox Retailer apps.

Xbox support page displaying how players can adjust stick settings.

Gamers can entry the complete record of help pages through the accessibility web site, inside the accessibility tab on Xbox App on PC,, and coming quickly to Recreation Bar.

New Accessibility Settings on Xbox App on PC

In March, the Xbox App on PC rolled out a brand new accessibility settings menu that options two model new settings: Disable background pictures and Disable animations. These settings are designed to assist gamers scale back visible parts that might trigger disruption, confusion, or irritation. Hyperlinks to further accessibility settings and a hyperlink to be taught extra about accessible gaming at the moment are additionally out there within the new settings menu.

A screenshot of the new Xbox App on PC accessibility settings menu, depicting the ability to Disable background images and Disable animations.

Take a look at a YouTube video that provides an outline of the brand new settings and options of the Accessibility settings menu in Xbox app on PC.  

Improved Expertise

It’s simpler than ever to seek out your subsequent favourite Xbox video games! A brand new replace on the Microsoft Retailer on now permits customers to filter and search video games based mostly on their accessibility wants and preferences, in addition to seek for video games based mostly on their Supported Language, with over 17 supported languages. For instance, let’s say a participant is trying to discover Motion & Journey video games which have adjustable problem settings and spatial audio help. The improved expertise permits customers to do simply that – and extra – by making use of totally different filters, together with 20 accessibility filters, to seek out their subsequent nice sport throughout Console, PC, and Cloud. Strive it out right here.

The landing page for Microsoft Store on, showing a filtered list of games with “Pausable” settings.

 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Xbox Performs Livestream

Image of Cal Kestis, with details of the Xbox Plays Star Wars Jedi: Survivor livestream, taking place Thursday, May 18 at 11 am PT / 2 pm PT on Twitch.TV/Xbox

Cal Kestis and the Mantis crew are again to face towards the Darkness in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. Tune in to the Xbox Twitch channel on Might 18th at 11 AM PT to observe Lead UI/UX Designer Jordan DeVries and Tara Voelker, Sr. Accessibility Lead at Xbox, play Jedi: Survivor and delve into the sport’s accessibility options and the way the workforce strived to make sure that as many gamers as doable might embrace the fantasy of being a Jedi Knight in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Viewers could have an opportunity to win a collector’s version of Star Wars: Jedi Survivor.

Progress Made on Current Accessibility Choices at Xbox

Microsoft Recreation Accessibility Testing Service (MGATS)

In February 2021, Xbox launched the Microsoft Recreation Accessibility Testing Service (MGATS), a program developed for publishers and builders to validate the accessibility of their video games, and since launch, Xbox has added info for builders round easy methods to validate Accessibility Function Tags of their video games. To make it simpler for builders to grasp the standards behind these tags, Xbox has added 119 check steps and 124 examples to Accessibility Function Tags – Microsoft Recreation Dev | Microsoft Study. Steering consists of screenshots from As Nightfall Falls, Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon 5, Grounded, Halo Infinite, Minecraft and Sea of Thieves to offer examples of assembly standards.

As well as, since launch, MGATS has added a ‘Participant with Incapacity’ providing with centered suggestions on core sport and communication options. We’re excited to share that over the previous yr, gamers with disabilities have logged over 13,000 hours of testing throughout this system, all in an effort to make video games extra enjoyable and accessible for everybody.

Recreation Accessibility Function Tags

Microsoft’s Recreation Accessibility Function Tags had been created to make it simpler to seek out video games which have accessibility options gamers have to get pleasure from a sport. At launch two years in the past, video games with over 4 tags had been showcased at our Accessibility Highlight, a location on the Xbox retailer the place prospects can discover video games that embrace a wide range of accessibility options. Since then, increasingly builders have tagged their video games, elevating the bar for what it takes to be featured in Accessibility Highlight. Now, video games should have 6+ tags to be spotlighted, because of the sheer variety of titles with a number of tags. As well as, we’ve added new options on the Xbox App on PC that permits gamers to find Recreation Accessibility Function Tags for various video games, in addition to filter choices.

Xbox Celebrating Accessibility Across the World

Xbox companions with Korea’s Nationwide Museum of Fashionable and Up to date Artwork

Image of an Xbox Adaptive Controller set-up, complete with a controller and other outputs.

From Might to September, Xbox will accomplice with Korea’s Nationwide Museum of Fashionable and Up to date Artwork (MMCA) for an artwork exhibition titled “Recreation Society”, showcasing modern visible artwork works embodying video games’ creativeness and realism. One of many exhibitions will highlight sport accessibility and can embrace the set up of the Xbox Adaptive Controller for guests to make use of.

For the most recent info, click on right here.

XboxNL and HiPerks Basis spotlight the Xbox Adaptive Controller

In 2018, Xbox launched the Xbox Adaptive Controller as a part of our mission to empower avid gamers all over the world to play the video games they need, with the folks they need, on the units they need. In honor of GAAD, Xbox Netherlands is worked up to accomplice with Paul Van Der Made, a participant with a incapacity, and the HiPerks Basis to launch a brand new video collection showcasing the affect the Xbox Adaptive Controller continues to have for gamers with disabilities.

Take a look at the video collection on the following hyperlinks:

Xbox is assembly athletes on the Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023

Two logos side by side on a white background, the left logo is the Special Olympics logo and the right logo is the Xbox logo.

For the previous two years, we’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Particular Olympics to showcase the ability of inclusion in two epic Gaming for Inclusion esports tournaments. This yr, we’re excited to proceed our help of athletes and Unified companions on the Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023. In June, Xbox and the inclusion specialist Humanelektronik will likely be offering Xbox gaming stations within the athlete’s lounge in Berlin. Athletes and Unified companions will be capable to sit again, unwind from competitors, and check out totally different Xbox accessibility options and video games whereas connecting with different contributors from all over the world by way of the common language of play.

For extra info, try our Xbox Wire DACH content material collection and the official web site of Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023.

Extra Methods to Play: Rising the Accessibility of Our Video games

Forza Motorsport

Final month, Flip 10 Studios shared how they’re creating their most accessible Forza Motorsport ever, which incorporates an revolutionary accessibility characteristic set referred to as Blind Driving Assists (BDA), constructed for gamers who’re Blind or have Low Imaginative and prescient. Blind Driving Assists work by offering a set of supplemental audio cues designed to assist Low/No Imaginative and prescient gamers navigate the tracks of Forza Motorsport. The options had been in-built shut partnership with the Incapacity group over two years, together with Accessibility Marketing consultant and Blind gamer, Brandon Cole.

Different notable accessibility options in Forza Motorsport embrace one contact driving, a customizable narration system, Colorblindness Modes, and extra. For extra info on the accessibility options in Forza Motorsport, click on right here.

Minecraft Legends (Out there with Xbox Recreation Move, Cloud, Console, and PC)

Key art for Minecraft Legends

Minecraft Legends is a brand new motion technique sport, the place gamers should lead their allies in heroic battles to defend the Overworld from the harmful piglins. The sport, launched final month, features a host of  accessibility options, together with:

  • Textual content to Speech (each natively in addition to inside sport menus)
  • Controller Choices
    • Different controller options embrace adjusting the position, aiming sensitivity, and toggle modes for constructing and sprinting.
  • Textual content measurement choices
  • Together with the power to set textual content at 100%, 125%, or 150%
  • Colorblindness Mode, together with:
  • Subtitles
    • Out there each in-game and in pre-recorded video recordsdata (FMVs) used within the online game.

Hello-Fi Rush (Out there with Xbox Recreation Move, Cloud, Console, and PC)

The key art of Hi-Fi Rush, with Chai and his band of friends facing off against a horde of evil robots!

In January, Xbox launched Hello-Fi Rush the place gamers star as wannabe rockstar Chai, preventing again towards a sinister robotics enhancement conglomerate utilizing rhythm-amplified fight the place every little thing – from the movement within the atmosphere to the blows of fight – is synced to the music.

Hello-Fi Rush was designed to offer as many gamers as doable with the chance to reside out their very own rock star fantasy by way of sport customization and accessibility options. This consists of Rhythm Visualization, which permits gamers to visualise the beat pulse within the atmosphere and UI, permitting the sport to nonetheless be accomplished when taking part in with out sounds enabled, an Auto-Motion Mode for customers which have problem performing advanced button, 4 totally different problem settings, the choice to regulate font measurement and subtitles, and extra. Take a look at Hello Fi Rush’s full accessibility information.

Deathloop (Out there with Xbox Recreation Move, Cloud, Console, and PC)

Hero image of Colt Vahn

In Deathloop, two rival assassins are trapped in a mysterious timeloop on the island of Blackreef, doomed to repeat the identical day for eternity. The sport, launched final yr, comes with a slew of accessibility options, which may all be discovered inside a devoted Accessibility class inside the choices menu. These embrace gameplay settings that permit gamers to additional customise fight in Single-Participant Mode, equivalent to growing or reducing fight problem, adjusting the variety of Reprises, and slowing sport pace.

The sport additionally features a new HUD and subtitle choices, together with the power to alter the dimensions, opacity and colour of varied textual content and graphical components. Take a look at Deathloop on Xbox right this moment.

Elder Scrolls On-line (Out there with Xbox Recreation Move)

Gameplay of Elder Scrolls Online

In Elder Scrolls On-line, gamers are invited to expertise limitless journey inside the Elder Scrolls world. In February, Elder Scrolls On-line was up to date on Xbox to incorporate a display screen narration software which permits nearly all of the sport’s menus to be narrated and may be mechanically enabled when the sport is put into Accessibility Mode. Gamers can even management each the pace and quantity of narration.

Different quality-of-life additions had been applied, together with a extremely requested characteristic that permits customers to cover their character’s shoulder cosmetics. Take a look at all of the accessibility options out there and Elder Scrolls On-line on Xbox right this moment.

Adios (Out there on Console and PC)

The key art for Adios, which shows the main character sitting at a table eating breakfast.

Adios is a cinematic first-person sport centered round a pig farmer in Kansas who decides he now not needs to work for the mob. A accomplice of the [email protected] Developer Acceleration Program, the sport was created by GB ‘Doc’ Burford, a disabled sport developer whose lived experiences in the end impressed elements of the sport.

“I bear in mind after I was engaged on Adios, I designed the entire scenes to accommodate folks with ADHD,” Burford shared. “(For instance,) there’s a scene in Adios the place you really play a sport of horseshoes whereas having a dialog on the similar time.” As a result of a lot of the sport entails dialogue, Burford needed “issues you might fidget with, issues you might do, issues that maintain you appearing whereas (dialogue is going on), however not so intense you could’t take note of each on the similar time.”

As a sport developer with a incapacity, Burford shares that he incessantly experiences persistent ache, however “after I make a sport, I get to go elsewhere. I get to be someone else. Writing is likely one of the few jobs that’s utterly disability-friendly. It’s completely suited to me.”

Take a look at Adios on Xbox right this moment.



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