Xbox has announced that it's doing a variety of things to mark Disability Pride Month this July.
Firstly, you can now search and then filter by one or more Accessibility Feature Tags to find your next game on the Xbox Store. In addition, the Family Gaming Database now lists the default required inputs for Xbox games on its accessibility pages, "to enable caregivers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to more easily create adaptive gaming configurations for those in the Gaming & Disability Community they support."
Elsewhere, Microsoft Rewards is highlighting a variety of organisations in the UK and/or US over the next month that you can donate your points to, including SpecialEffect, The AbleGamers Foundation and others.
The other major feature relates to a new gamerpic, profile themes, and avatar items being introduced as part of Disability Pride Month, in partnership with gaming and disability communities at Xbox.
Here's what Kaitlyn Jones, Accessibility Program Manager at Xbox had to say over at Xbox Wire:
"Disability Pride is about acknowledging our own unique experiences with disability as a natural and beautiful aspect of human diversity. This includes all disabilities – both seen and unseen. This is our chance to highlight the vast spectrum of people represented by this moment, including advocates past and present working to create more inclusive and accessible experiences across all facets of life.
This is an opportunity for Xbox to celebrate the more than 400 million video game players with disabilities around the world, as we aim to create a space where people with disabilities don’t feel the need to mask or cover their disabilities, but find connection among an inclusive gaming community that celebrates us as we are."
For more details on everything to do with Xbox and Disability Pride Month, check out the official Xbox website.
This new aesthetic is simply amazing, congrats to Microsoft and responsibles to make it that beautiful and inclusive at the same time
Where’s one of an Xbox icon slaughtering a pony?
Well that’s cool!
@Bleachedsmiles that’s Metal as hell and I’m here for it
I love the new logo
Sheesh, every month has to be some corporate marketing, virtue signaling, pride month... Can August just be regular month pride month?
Disability pride month what next 😂
I’m left handed do I get to join in?
I actually like that logo. However, all this corporate virtue signalling is getting old fast.
Can we not just respect everyone, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability and body type all the time?
Raise awareness by providing products for people with disabilities. It’s far more valuable and honourable than all these gimmicks.
@Trmn8r CEO’s are sitting back laughing making top $ each month something comes along they can virtue signal about.
@BartoxTharglod I applaud you recognizing this for what it is, even as a beneficiary of month-long attention. This stuff is really getting out of hand, and has become a joke. You are spot on with your analysis. The adaptive controller is something that was rightfully celebrated, and that is the kind of stuff that is important to gaming. Not cutesy disability stickers and profile overlays... Kindness to all should be normalized as you say, not an obnoxious flavor of the month spectacle...
The Xbox adaptive controller for disabilities was really, really cool. This stuff isn’t.
Happy to see other people bring up about why do we even need this? Also feels like you can’t say anything these days about how stupid these months are without people calling you names. Perhaps I’m being naive but like others I want people to get on with their lives and to respect each other without needing all this.
If Microsoft/XBOX care so much about their consoles accessibility. Why do they list their accessible controller at such an inaccessible price tag. For some of us gaming is one of the few hobbies we can partipate in. One of the things that improves mental health. One that in a world where we cannot do many things gaming worlds are our sanctuary. But after the massive cost of the console plus the games a controller at over £100 when we can get a 'standard' controller for an average of £40 leaves true accessibility a 'luxury' we cannot afford
I actually was caught off guard but this… it makes me want to sell my ps5 and actually switch to Xbox gaming
@Fenbops lol you probably could start our own left handed pride month… but the disabled deserve some recognition though
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