Microsoft has announced the Proteus Controller designed for Xbox by partners at Byowave. The modular adaptive kit allows disabled gamers to “build their own way to play.” The news arrives as Microsoft recognizes Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Joining the already successful Adaptive Controller, the Proteus Controller will be yet another accessible offering by Microsoft. A […]

Microsoft has announced the Proteus Controller designed for Xbox by partners at Byowave. The modular adaptive kit allows disabled gamers to "build their own way to play."

The news arrives as Microsoft recognizes Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Joining the already successful Adaptive Controller, the Proteus Controller will be yet another accessible offering by Microsoft.

A first look at the Proteus Controller for Xbox

Images of possible configurations for the Proteus Controller (Images via Byowave)
Images of possible configurations for the Proteus Controller (Images via Byowave)

The Xbox Proteus Controller's defining feature is its various "snap and play" parts. The device consists of modular cubes with swappable faceplates, allowing for countless configurations.

Controllers with a few modular parts already exist, but Byowave's solution takes things multiple steps further. Up to four entire kits can be combined into a single controller as long as the configuration includes a Power Cube, which users can power and pair via Bluetooth.

The Proteus Controller for Xbox also benefits from a universal benefit of modular technology: repairability! There will never be a need to throw out or buy a new controller if a part fails. Simply buy a replacement for that exact part and you're good to go. This is particularly welcome considering the product's starting price of $300 USD.

Need more parts? Print 'em!

Screenshot of 3D printable parts for the Xbox Proteus Controller (Image via esports.gg)
Screenshot of 3D printable parts for the Xbox Proteus Controller (Image via esports.gg)

If Proteus Controller customers feel the need for even more options, Byowave already has them covered. The company's website currently offers seven 3D-printable analog sticks available for download, with more on the way.

As it gains traction and the user base grows, the Proteus Controller for Xbox will only continue to evolve. Byowave's dedication to open-sourcing their design will allow community members to design and share their own parts for the device.

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