I've been brought to tears by Microsoft, but in a good way. Since well before my son was born I've looked forward to sitting and sharing one of my favorite past times with him. After all, what gamer wouldn't want to play some co-op with their kids?
As life has thrown us a continual string of curve balls, leading up to Wesley being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, that dream has felt increasingly unrealistic and, quite honestly, very much disheartening. Wesley fights through it all with an amazing attitude but at 2.5 years old has to fight for control of his motor skills on a daily basis. The thought of him one day picking up a controller and challenging me to a quick game of Madden before bed has looked improbable on the best days and downright impossible most days.
But now that Microsoft has announced an adaptive controller, designed for people with limited mobility in mind, that dream is back. Feeling that dream come rushing back is overwhelming. I think he's still a ways off from being able to put this controller into use but in the meantime the hardware will continue to get better. I can't wait until he runs circles around me and shows his old man a thing or two about gaming.
Some good videos in the Kotaku article: https://kotaku.com/microsoft-announces-new-controller-for-disabled-gamers-1826095787
And an in-depth look at the creation (interesting so far, but I haven't managed to get through all of it yet): https://news.microsoft.com/stories/xbox-adaptive-controller/