Logitech G Introduces Adaptive Gaming Kit For Those With Accessibility Needs

Last year, Microsoft created a bold new peripheral called the Xbox Adaptive Controller, allowing those with accessibility needs to get in on the gaming action. To further build on that, Logitech G is getting into the game.

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The company has announced the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit, which is available for purchase here for $99.99. It works with the Xbox controller with a “large assortment of buttons and triggers with gaming-grade components,” according to the press release.

Logitech worked alongside the Microsoft Inclusive Tech Lab and a number of accessibility groups on the kit, including AbleGamers and SpecialEffect.

“The Xbox Adaptive Controller opened up gaming to people with disabilities all around the world,” said Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer at Microsoft. “With the addition of Logitech G’s Adaptive Gaming Kit, we’re excited to see that impact continue to grow. It’s never been more important to design through the lens of disability and push the boundaries of what technology can do to be inclusive of everyone around the world.”

The kit comes with three small buttons and three large buttons, along with four light touch buttons, two variable trigger controls, configurable game mats with a hook and loop system, and custom labels and velcro ties.

“The Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit is designed to be the perfect companion to the Xbox Adaptive Controller, giving gamers the necessary tools they need at a more affordable price point,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. “It also supports our commitment to inclusivity and diversity in gaming, because fundamentally we believe that life is more fun when you play, and everyone should be able to experience the joys of play.”

Steven Spohn, chief operating officer for AbleGamers, also commented on its accessibility. ““The goal of AbleGamers is to find a way for people with varying abilities to play video games. Everyone’s needs are different, and the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit delivers a wide range of configuration options to make gaming a possibility for all. We appreciated the opportunity to work closely with Logitech G on the design of this kit and look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.” 

Check out this video to see how the kit came together. Those interested in buying it can do so over on Logitech’s page. It will also be available at Microsoft stores and other locations later this month.

 

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Xbox Has Its Own Fragrance Line Coming Soon

Ever want to smell like an Xbox? No, not like the Red Ring of Death, but like, well, a gaming experience. Well, here’s your chance. Today, Lynx revealed that it has teamed up with Microsoft to reveal a line of Xbox fragrance products. Yep, you heard that right. Soon, you’ll be able to clean yourself up with Xbox cleaning products, and you won’t even need an Xbox Live membership.

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The line-up is called Lynx Xbox, and it will consist of products that include body spray, deodorant and shower gel. The products will be available sometime this year, and it will contain a series of “delightful” scents that will appeal to everyone. Even PlayStation fans, apparently.

“Lynx Xbox is a fresh scent of pulsing green citrus, featuring top notes of kaffir lime and winter lemon, aromatic herbal middle notes of mint and sage, and woody bottom notes of patchouli and clearwood. Containing a range of natural essential oils, the Xbox Lynx range comes with a sleek new look and features a body spray, deodorant, and shower gel,” the product line reads.

Xbox ANZ’s head Tania Chee explains that users will be able to “power up” themselves with the products before they head out the door in the morning, so that they smell good all day.

The products will apparently be available in Australia and New Zealand first this July, and could possibly be released in other parts of the world later this year. There’s a very likely chance they could be introduced next week in the Xbox Plaza, which will be open alongside E3 next week in Los Angeles. After all, why not give fans that are attending the Xbox Fanfest the chance to smell like an Xbox rose?

We’ll let you know once an official release becomes available. Now then, Microsoft…how about a Battletoads fragrance while we’re at it…?

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Microsoft Introduces Limited Edition Fortnite Xbox One S Bundle; We Hope You Like Purple

In just a few days’ time, Microsoft will have some surprises in store for its fans with its E3 showcase. But it isn’t waiting until then to hit the ground running. It’s already announced that it’ll offer some deals throughout the week of E3, and the days leading up to it. Also coming this week is a fun little bundle for those of you that are fans of the multiplayer hit Fortnite.

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The company will launch a special Xbox One S bundle starting on June 7, going for the price of $299. The Xbox One S Fortnite Battle Royale bundle will come with an exclusive purple colored controller and console bundle, along with a downloaded copy of the game. In addition, it’ll also have some extras to go along with it, such as a Legendary Outfit, a Rare Pickaxe, an Epic Glider and 2000 V-Bucks.

Of course, you’ll also need to get online to play with your friends. Fortunately, you’ll be able to do so, as the system will also include a month of Xbox Live Gold that can be activated right off the bat. And you can also see what other games are available through the Xbox Game Pass program, as there will be a month of that service included as well. It’s a pretty cool package deal.

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Microsoft didn’t say how long the bundle is available for, but it’s likely to be a big hit with Fortnite fans, so it should sell out quickly. Your best bet is to preorder it whenever you can and pick it up when it goes on sale starting on the 7th. Sadly, it doesn’t look like a DJ Llama is in the package, though you can draw one on your controller if you feel the need.

As for what other bundles Microsoft could introduce over the week, those announcements could likely come this Sunday when the company hosts its official E3 press conference. We’ll bring you any breaking details as they become available!

 

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Minecraft Earth is Taking on Pokemon Go This Summer

Have you ever been playing Pokemon Go and said to yourself “I wish this had more Minecraft in it?” Well if you have then you’re in luck, and maybe a little weird, not that we’re judging. Microsoft and Mojang have announced a new Augmented Reality game that is going to be taking the world by storm this summer, Minecraft Earth. Minecraft Earth will be a free to play game on Android and iOS and a closed beta is scheduled for this summer.

As you explore in Minecraft Earth you can find treasure chests, clusters of blocks, or mobs which have been given the nickname of “Tappables.” You’ll also be able to come across Adventures, which overlay a full Minecraft-like area with resources you can collect and mobs you can take out. The studio has also promised that we will see new mobs and new variants that are unique to Minecraft Earth. Of course, it wouldn’t be Minecraft if it didn’t have some building component to it. You’ll be able to find Build Plates where you can put together small environments that become life-sized when they’re placed. Best of all, there will be multiplayer, unlike a certain pocket monster game that shall remain unnamed.

If you want a chance to take part in the closed beta you can head over to the official site for Minecraft Earth and register now. As a way of saying thank you for registering so early, you’ll be able to get your hands on a free skin for Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Bedrock. If you want to know more about the game, and let’s admit it, you kinda do. Mojang has been kind enough to provide a pretty extensive FAQ that includes information about player safety amongst other things.

 

Source: Minecraft Earth Official Site, Gamespot

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Minecraft Removes References to Notch

Five years after it was sold to Microsoft Minecraft removes references to Notch, the man who originally created the game. His name still remains in the credits, but references to Notch in the main menu that previously read “Made by Notch!”, “The Work of Notch!”, and “110813” have been removed. For anyone who has followed Notch on social media, this won’t come as a surprise at all. He has turned out to be quite a controversial person when it comes to politics. In the past, he has tweeted support for a heterosexual pride day as well as having what was considered by many a white privilege meltdown. He’s also known for using the term feminist as an insult and has called a female game developer an fing c-word, just…with the proper words used. His bigoted views are a stark contrast from the very family friendly game that he created. Many of Minecraft’s very large audience is younger children.

The removal of the references was first noticed a Twitter user and then it was later confirmed by PC Gamer. So far, Microsoft hasn’t responded to press requests for comments. They came as part of a patch that added a status effect called Hero of the Village as well as an accessibility button on the title screen. They’ve replaced the references to Notch with “Don’t worry, be happy!” and “Go to the dentist.”

Removing Notch references from the main menu will make it less likely that new Minecraft players will learn about Notch. Having him in the credits is still entirely safe because let’s be honest, outside of Marvel movies no one actually sticks around for the credits. If we’re perfectly honest, it’s really surprising that this day hasn’t come sooner. Notch has been notorious on Twitter for the last couple of years.

 

Source: PC Gamer

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