Thanks for z memories

Bryce Johnson
4 min readMay 17, 2018


It is wonderful to be able to tell the world about something I have been working on for almost 3 years. The Xbox Adaptive Controller is an Xbox Wireless Controller that can connect to external buttons, switches, mounts, and joysticks — giving gamers with limited mobility an affordable, easy-to-set up, and readily available way to play Xbox One or Windows 10 games.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller with peripherals

For more information you can read Plugged In: The new Xbox Adaptive Controller will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities. By Deborah Bach

This has been the greatest and most rewarding project of my career. Here are my favorite memories of the journey, as well as my heartfelt thanks to all the people who have given so much to get us to this point.

Here are some of my favorite memories from our journey

  • Eating late night food truck pies with Ross Nelson at the Oneweek hackathon and then watching SGT Josh Price of Warfighter Engaged play against David Prien the next day with the first prototype.
  • All the great lunches I’ve had with Matt over the years.
  • Richard Ellenson taking the time before he left the Microsoft Ability Summit for the airport — to go really go deep into how the form of the device reflects on the people who use it.
  • Collaborating with Erin Muston-Firsch and Patrick Wagner of Craig Hospital, their insight and experience opens so many possibilities.
  • Listening to Ken Jones and Erik Johnson of Warfighter Engaged talk for hours with Leo Del Castilo and Sam Sarmast about the direction of the controller in the back room of the Inclusive Tech Lab.
  • Discussing the details of a model with Bill Donegan and Barrie Ellis of Special Effect in a hotel conference room off the Brighton shore.
  • Jenny Lay-Flurrie hugging a controller from the first build.
  • Panos Panay telling the team that we should be proud that we had the determination and drive to make this happen.
  • Hanging out on a Disneyland patio with Mark Barlet of @AbleGamers , getting his guidance, and then listening to his military service stories all night.
  • Cherry showing me how she’d use the Xbox Adaptive Controller + gravity to play @ForzaMotorsport
  • Solomon Romney saying that the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a love letter to our community.
Photo of the Xbox Adaptive Controller with an Xbox Elite by cherry

Thank you so much to the people who made this possible

I am very grateful that my work at Microsoft can be driven by my devotion to our inclusive gaming community. We could not have done any of this without the passion and energy of gaming accessibility community. I hope we have built the device you always wanted. At Microsoft, Inclusive Design and Accessibility is an ongoing journey, please continue engaging with us and we’ll make great things together.

The ports & buttons on the Xbox Adaptive Controller



Bryce Johnson

Inclusive Lead, Product Research & Accessibility, Microsoft Hardware. Inclusive design and #a11y are vital. #GamingForEveryone My opinions are my own. He\Him