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Gaming is widely used in the military community. For active members, playing video games can help release stress. For people who returned from combat, gaming can reduce isolation and renew connections with fellow service members. Recognizing these benefits, Microsoft is partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer Xbox Adaptive Controller units to 22 VA rehab centers in the U.S.
Dr. Leif Nelson, director of National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events for the VA said the partnership with Microsoft aims to give veterans with limited mobility the opportunity to game again, get them more involved with their rehabilitation and increase social interaction”.
Microsoft will collect feedback and data from the VA centers to determine the effectiveness the Xbox Adaptive Controller and how to improve it in the future.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, the controller features large programmable buttons and enables you to assign Xbox controller inputs (A, B, X, Y, etc.) to external switches, buttons, and joysticks to help make gaming more accessible on Xbox One and Windows.