The Future of Game Accessibility on Xbox

Xbox writes:

Passion for game accessibility has grown exponentially among developers and gamers alike in the past decade. According to the ESA Foundation, there are nearly 46 million gamers with disabilities in the U.S. alone, so we’re heartened to see that game developers are actively seeking out resources that guide inclusive game design to ensure that their games are fun for everyone who wants to play.

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BandarHub63d ago

That's cool and all...How about some exclusive games.

Jin_Sakai63d ago

It seems like we’re always hearing stuff like this and that’s good and all but the games never seem to show. It’s been a waiting game for going on a decade.

343_Guilty_Spark63d ago

This thread is about gaming and disabilities.

Jin_Sakai63d ago (Edited 63d ago )

“This thread is about gaming and disabilities.”

That’s why I said “It seems like we’re always hearing stuff like this and that’s good.”

And then replying to “BanderHub” that the games never seem to show. We haven’t really seen any new worthy AAA exclusives since Xbox One launched.

Highrevz63d ago

It’s even worse when you realise Nintendo and Sony are the same, apart from ports, remakes and 3rd party content every platform is pretty dry and that’s not about to change any time soon sadly.

But let’s turn a positive article about disability into a negative Microsoft conversation just to pass some time 🤨

Orchard63d ago (Edited 63d ago )

I highly doubt they removed any resources from their first party studios to enable this service.

And they are working on the exclusives, no? I don't think they spent 7.5bn on Bethesda for fun.

343_Guilty_Spark63d ago

Xbox already has exclusive games. If you don't like them that's fine but don't feel like you need pollute every Xbox thread with your angst.

Orchard63d ago

This is great for gamers with accessibility needs. More game companies/studios need to focus on this.

Battlestar2363d ago

Good I'm glad Microsoft decided to follow what Sony has done with the PS5 and added more Game Accessibility. It should f happened years ago but glad Microsoft is doing something.

RazzerRedux63d ago

Microsoft has done more for overall accessibility than Sony. Naughty Dog did some great things with visibility options in TLOU 2, but Sony overall is behind.

darthv7263d ago

Uhh... It's the other way around kiddo. MS is leading the way in Game Accessibility. ND added a visual impaired option in one game... that's it.

RgR63d ago

To be fair....I've yet to see any actual popular game have the same amount of options as that one game.

What xbox game has come close to tlou2 options?

I genuinely don't know so I ask sincerely.

RgR63d ago

Inclusive is not the same as accessible. If they mean accessibility for people with some kind of disability then sure.

But games do not have to be inclusive. They can be hard in their respective genres and therefore attract only certain gamers the most. Let games be different and do their thing without the mandate of inclusivity.

There was no talk of inclusivity years ago and those were the best games of all time. Modern AAA tends to be boring and generic.

It appears to me they are tending to lump disability accessibility with inclusivity.