Microsoft Accessibility Feedback

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  1. Clinician Looking For Game Access

    Good morning!

    I was instructed that this was the best venue to make this request.

    My name is Bethany- I am a program assistant in the technical services department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The role of our department is to promote the use of adaptive technology and toys with children and youth with special needs. We were incredibly excited to purchase a couple of your adaptive gaming controllers, and we now actually have one available for loan through our Adaptive Toy & Tech Resource Centre, so that families can trial it before deciding whether it is…

    26 votes
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  2. Playing Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Nonvisually

    Hello,
    There is no topic for "Games", so I hope this goes to the correct people.
    The new Age of Empires: Definitive Edition comes with self-voicing menus and narration which makes the game 85% accessible. There are a set of minor changes that need to be added, such as navigating the unit menu with the keyboard, reading tooltips when arrowing over units, making space select or click by default, and adding a grid view to the map. Other than this, all menus are completely readable, units are all labeled, there is keyboard access on everything but the unit menu and…

    27 votes
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  3. Xbox One - Accessibility - Audio balancing for left-right

    The Xbox One already provides a lot of features in terms of accessibility.

    One feature that is missing in my opinion is the option to manually balance the audio for left-right. Many Microsoft devices (e.g. phones, workstations) already offer the opportunity to balance it yourself.

    The reason i'm asking is that my own hearing is slightly impaired (25-30%) on one side (right) rendering headphones practically useless for many games. In my idea this is a relative simple feature to add to the accessibility options, making the Xbox One system more and more accessible to all members in the public, including…

    48 votes
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  4. I'd like a follow up from the accessibility team to my earlier post.

    The only response i'm seeing from your team is: "Thanks for sharing this feedback with us <name>. We're going to pass this information on to the engineering team. Please continue to leave your feedback here and upvote posts that you agree with."

    I would like to see some more feedback on what you are actually doing with the feedback. Please consider my earlier suggestion and follow-up with that message on what the current status is - is it feasible? not feasible? what did the engineering team say of this suggestion?

    Thank you!

    Relates to:
    https://microsoftaccessibility.uservoice.com/forums/307429-microsoft-accessibility-feedback/suggestions/38544484-xbox-one-accessibility-audio-balancing-for-lef

    15 votes
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  5. Reducing background game music and automatically control the Xbox One in complicated games for blind and visually impaired gamers

    Dear Microsoft,

    I have some suggestions on improving the accessibility on Xbox One for blind and visually impaired gamers. I am a visually impaired gamer. I like to play Final Fantasy especially Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy. For Final Fantasy XIII-2, I have noticed that the background game music is very loud, and it is sometimes difficult for me to hear the character’s footsteps, depending on the music and the surface the character is navigating on. I strongly suggest for you to add an accessibility feature on the Xbox one console to have the ability to reduce background game music, so…

    3 votes
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  6. Remote desktop access.

    Narrator should be able to support the use of remote desktop. In a similar method to that used by Jaws. Synthesized speech would not be sent over the remote audio device to the local system, instead, the synthesizer commands would be sent back to the local synthesizer using one of the RDP protocols. This functionality is already supported in RDP. The support just needs to be added to Narrator.

    18 votes
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  7. Make Navigation Sounds Mutable.

    Please. I find the sound so annoying/irritating. If PS4 can do this, why can't you. At least let us have options for sounds if your company is so rabid about unmutable sounds. Please, for the love quieter gaming!!

    2 votes
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  8. Need Xbox Split Controller (like Switch controller)

    May we get a split Xbox controller please? It is not good for many people to have their arms tethered together in front of them for hours on end; having a control that separates into 2 like the Switch controller will allow us to play games with both of our arms free so that we can move them around while playing. This isn't a matter of competition, it's a matter of health by now ... I honestly can't keep playing on an Xbox controller that forces me to hold a frozen posture for long periods of times because it is…

    2 votes
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  9. Hearing Aid Manufacturer Head sets that can be compatible

    Hi there,

    I'm a hearing impaired hearing aid user who is also a Hearing Health Care Professional. Great Ormond Street Hospital has recently approached me about accessibility for the hearing impaired for online gaming.

    What I am looking for is whether there is any known compatibility with the Xbox and hearing aid Bluetooth Remote Microphones? If they are compatible, it will allow the user to adjust the balance of game sounds and online chat to match their level of hearing impairment. Which is key to inclusivity of the hearing impaired. Can this feature be added or is it already added?…

    2 votes
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  10. Idea for Xbox Adaptive controller

    Hello everyone , my name is Luis , I am cerebral palsy disabled. As a consequence of this I´m not playing confortable with the common pad. I know about Xbox adaptive controller but in my case I think that I have an idea better for people like me . Let me tell you my idea:

    My main problem is use the buttons and controllers in horizontal , like a common pad, because you have to press the buttons fast , and that is a huge problem because i can´t move my hand and my fingers fast in this position, so…

    4 votes
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  11. Auto tapping

    I'm an longtime disabled gamer who has always found tapping a button so difficult for me to do this action, there NEEDS TO BE AN AUTO TAPPING SETTING!?!

    2 votes
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  12. Narrator doesn't support Youtube or Netflix

    Narrator isn't compatible with Youtube or Netflix on the Xbox One. When you try to navigate either app using narrator, there is just no response. Both services have screen reader support for every other platform I've encountered and it would be great if we could use these apps on the Xbox too.

    1 vote
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  13. Allow HID/USB devices' buttons to remap to game

    All HID/USB devices' button to be re-mapped via XBox Accessory app, just like the switch inputs on back of Adaptive Controller.

    2 votes
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  14. High contrast buttons for Xbox Elite Controller 2

    I like the Elite controller, but the dark grey lettering on the black buttons is terrible. I had to have my controller modified to the proper coloured ABXY buttons so i can see them. i still cant see the labels on the little buttons. why do you not offer the option to get the coloured abxy buttons? or at least a high contrast version, not dark grey on black buttons. even just white letterings would be an improvement. i cant spend over 200 dollars on a controller i will need someone to take apart and modify so i can see…

    2 votes
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  15. to get the narrator to tell me things on the screen like press a to jump

    Im dyslexic and want the narrator to tell me useful things that come on screen like press x to jump, and automatically

    2 votes
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  16. Xbox Series X Optical Port (S/PDIF)

    Microsoft recently confirmed they will be removed the S/PDIF port from the upcoming Xbox Series X. I find this extremely disappointing. My wife uses a Cochlear Implant and we have relied on that port for a separate streaming device that streams audio directly to her hearing device. That allows her to enjoy the benefits of the console without having to mess with a lot of janky cables or settings. I cannot believe that Microsoft, who has been proactive in the area of accessibility, would have been this short sighted to not consider that there may be other applications for that…

    2 votes
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  17. Bite Switch

    Hello, I am a disabled person who cannot use his hands. I need special apparatus to use a computer. The most important of these is the bite switch. But now there are only 2 bite switch manufacturers in the world. These bite switches are unfortunately not durable. Breaks down very quickly. This is a big problem for us. Microsoft has carried out many important projects for the disabled. Can you make a durable bite switch for us? Maybe it may not be important to you but it is very important for us to socialize

    2 votes
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  18. Profanity filter

    A profanity filter added as an option to console or profile settings for chat. Make so instead of someone complaining because an adult used profane language, they can filter it out with the filter and then they themselves become responsible for profanity. If they don’t want to see it then they don’t have to and I or other adults can talk how they please without worrying about a chat ban because someone else couldn’t handle.

    1 vote
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  19. Vibration motors

    My son uses the adaptive controller, which is absolutely amazing by the way. The only thing that is really missing is the rumble force feedback that you get from regular controllers. It would be awesome to have a separate pack that had the rumble motors in it that you could Velcro to your arm or Wherever so you could feel the shots being fired from your gun. My son uses a proximity sensor so there is really no tactile feedback at all and I think if there was a way to introduce the feedback you get from the regular controllers…

    4 votes
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  20. In Copilot - disable controller buttons and/or map multiple buttons to the same function

    I'd like to request the ability to disable controller buttons or map multiple buttons to the same function while using copilot.

    First off - I believe copilot is a wonderful concept. But, in certain situations it is limited by having a complete 1 to 1 correlation between each controller. If we were able to simplify the secondary controller by disabling buttons or alternatively mapping the same function on multiple buttons I believe we would be able to expand the copilot function to a broad user base.

    As it is, my son does not posses the fine motor skills to hit…

    3 votes
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