That's enough for tonight. Some serious soldering and wire management tomorrow morning for some game testing in the afternoon. My daughter is desperate to try but we've kept it a secret from her brother who's been itching to play #ZeldaBreathoftheWild. @Nintendo @Microsoft pic.twitter.com/bgIC9h9aH3
— Rory Steel (@JerseyITGuy) January 18, 2020
British man Rory Steel, who is head of Digital Jersey Academy, created the controller using custom parts purchased from auction site eBay.
He then managed to match the various buttons and sticks to their respective inputs on the Xbox Adaptive Controller and connect it to Switch using a custom adaptor.
Xbox’s Phil Spencer retweeted a video of Steel’s creation, calling it “incredible.”
Steel responded by thanking Xbox for its efforts in making games more accessible. “Accessibility isn’t profitable but it is necessary,” he said. “I, and all families like us thank you for your efforts. Keep up the good work.”
The video of Steel’s daughter Ava playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been viewed more than 500,000 times.
Released in 2018 and officially compatible with Xbox consoles and PC, the Adaptive Controller was designed to make gaming more accessible for those with limited mobility.
In May 2019, the World Intellectual Property Office published a Microsoft patent for an Xbox pad featuring braille input and output, suggesting the company could release a device for visually impaired players.