Microsoft shares resources on making Xbox games more accessible

Microsoft shares assets on making Xbox video games extra accessible

Microsoft Potential Summit is right here as the corporate kicks off an occasion targeted on higher representing and serving to folks with disabilities within the workforce. So is gaming, as Sarah Bond, company vp of Xbox at Microsoft, shared particulars about enhancing accessibility in gaming.

Based on Bond, with greater than 3 billion folks taking part in video games on the planet, there are greater than 400 million gamers with totally different disabilities. As a part of Microsoft’s aim to “make Xbox a spot for everybody to have enjoyable,” Bond shared some assets recreation builders can use to assist design video games as accessible as attainable. Microsoft has partnered with the Xbox Accessibility Insider League, a gaggle of greater than 158,000 disabled gamers and group allies who present suggestions on numerous options.

There’s additionally the Microsoft Gaming Accessibility Testing Companies, a program the place builders can submit Xbox and PC video games to be reviewed by accessibility design consultants and gamers with disabilities. Video games are examined in opposition to Xbox accessibility pointers, with detailed suggestions, together with highlights for numerous options, considerations about potential points, and extra assets for builders to glean.

The Xbox Accessibility Pointers had been first launched in 2020 and have since acquired main updates, with Microsoft incorporating group suggestions from disabled gamers. Bond notes {that a} query typically acquired by the Gaming Accessibility crew is, “Which recreation can I play?” Microsoft encourages builders to make use of options comparable to Xbox Accessibility Tags. These tags enable builders to determine numerous accessibility options that gamers can in flip seek for, filtering out video games that do not have particular options.

As well as, Microsoft has introduced a brand new Inclusive Tech Lab designed to assist the corporate construct its future merchandise alongside folks with disabilities as a part of the design course of. The corporate additionally introduced a brand new line of adaptive PC equipment, unveiled new accessible options in Edge, and a number of other new accessibility options coming quickly to Home windows 11.

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