Ease of Access

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  1. Rumble for people with pacemakers

    Hi my name is Debra,
    I have a suggestion I hope you can pass on to the firmware folks. I have a heart condition and I have a pacemaker.
    A year ago, I opened up my Xbone and removed the wifi card (knowing about warranty void etc.). I strictly use wired internet with a wired controller. I CANNOT have wifi direct/wifi/blutooth devices in my home due to my condition. Xbone's latest firmware does not allow rumble over any wired controllers when the WiFi direct card is physically removed. I know this as a matter of fact and it's very unfortunate…

    197 votes
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  2. Turbo function in the Xbox One Elite controller would help the disabled community gamers.

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    I am a young adult that unfortunately lives with a neurological disability that limits my motor skills. I, as well as many gamers in the disabled community play video games as an 'escape' from a world of physical limitations and become immersed in a virtual realm of endless possibilities. I try to find ways to make the games I love work around my disability, however there is one issue I've faced in many games in which I cannot overcome on my own; most games contain at least one button mashing section that requires you to rapidly press a button…

    97 votes
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  3. Configure Ease of Access settings for specific profiles

    Make Ease of Access settings a profile level setting. For example, set Narrator to always launch when I sign in/the Kinect recognizes me, but have it toggle off for other profiles on my home console where the user may not need or want Narrator to be on.

    86 votes
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  4. Map buttons to launch Ease of Access Apps

    When using the Xbox Accessories app to remap buttons on the controller(s) and/or assign functions to X1 & X2 on the chat pad, give the option to assign Ease of Access apps, such as Narrator, Magnifier, High Contrast, or Closed Captioning for quicker access to most commonly used accessibility options.

    37 votes
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  5. Create a lighter controller designed for users with muscular diseases

    I am a carer for a lad with X-linked Myotubular Myopathy. It is extreme muscles weakness and has very delicate hands. He can't use the xbox controller but wants to. A smaller lighter controller with the same analogue and Dpad layout as a PlayStation controller. It is easier to use for physically disabled people with specific diseases and this also has a market for children. I feel very strongly for this and think it would benefit everyone if this idea was put into action. Rachel G in support was on board and very helpful with this matter. I hope people…

    393 votes
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  6. Have the Narrator Pronounce License Agreements and Policies

    It takes a long time to read them carefully and they get updates so we have to read them again. If the narrator could just pronounce these agreements and policies for us it would be really helpful.

    48 votes
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  7. Modify the Kinect to act as an eye-tracking mouse

    Can you modify your camera to be used as an eye tracking mouse ?.

    43 votes
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  8. Set Narrator Volume Independent of Other System Audio

    Allow Narrator volume to be set independent of other audio. Perhaps settings for making Narrator match system volume, making Narrator volume be 75% of system volume, making Narrator volume be 50% of system volume etc... I find that I am turning the volume up when in games, and then turning the volume back down whenever Narrator speaks.

    43 votes
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  9. Narrator Audio Ducking Toggle

    Create a setting to allow the user to toggle audio ducking on or off for Narrator. Some users find it helpful to have the background audio “ducked” behind the Narrator voice so that they can hear Narrator better. Other users find the change in volume caused by audio ducking distracting. A simple toggle setting would allow the user to choose what is best for them.

    28 votes
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  11. Make Game DVR Accessible with the Narrator

    when using the game d v r feature have the options be read by narrator the screen reader on xbox 1.

    34 votes
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  12. Audio Descriptions

    Add the option for audio description on games for those with visual impairments.

    46 votes
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  13. Ability to calibrate the orientation (not sensitivity as is already available for the Elite) of the joysticks

    Because of the different hand disabilities, "Up" might be at 1 o'clock on the left stick, and 10 o'clock on the right stick for some people (i.e., for me). It would be a very simple software app that could allow us to calibrate the orientation of the sticks. Yet, it would make the sticks much more accurate for me, if I could calibrate them thus.

    37 votes
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  14. Option to Disable Specific Limb Recognition via Kinect

    Kinect games/software should have the ability to "turn off" limbs in games. For example, a wheelchair user would be able to turn off their legs and only focus on arm actions (also would need to be able to recognize wheelchair users). Or an amputee could turn off their missing arm or leg. This would allow people with a variety of disabilities to get some function from the Kinect.

    [Mod edit: Title changed from "Kinect 'Turn off' Limbs."]

    31 votes
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  15. ADHD: Notifications for how long you've been playing

    For those with ADHD, video games can be both great and a detriment since we tend to hyper focus on some things and lose track of time. It would be great if you could have an alert that would notify you how long you've been playing the game or pop up to highlight the time at set intervals.

    247 votes
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  16. Promote Very Broad Difficulty Adjustment in Games

    To take into account players with slower reactions and/or understanding, please, pretty please, do something about the mad difficulty level in many games.

    In the late 70's/early 80's Atari used to offer difficulty level adjustment for one or two players. They used to offer easy play options.

    Things seem to have gone backwards since then in main-stream games. For many players there is no such thing as too easy. Game developers need to hear this message.

    Even if it's just for a segment of the game, some practice areas, or a range of restricted on-line arenas, this would be a…

    106 votes
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  17. Make Xbox One Narrator available outside of the US

    Dear Xbox accessibility department,
    I recently became aware that a new narrator feature had been released for Xbox One. However, I also found out that it was only available in the US. I'm writing this letter to express my disappointment.

    I don't think it is very fair that the narrator is only available in the US. Think about all the other blind Xbox One users in the other countries of the world who struggle to get the most out of their consoles because no accessibility features are provided for them. I, myself, am a totally blind Xbox one user and…

    78 votes
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  18. Have Narrator Read Notifications

    [Mod edit: Title changed from "have narator speek notifications like when you get a game achievement or a new message from someone."]

    53 votes
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  19. Switch accessibility for Xbox One

    Compatibility with bespoke simplified input devices, used by people who are physically unable to operate standard controllers.

    For controlling by one or two accessibility switches, the first thing is accepting the input (recognising tab to advance and space/enter to select, regardless of whether they come from a device that appears to be a keyboard). Second is making sure that there's a means of moving back up a level by only using the enter key - equivalent of pressing B. There a couple of options of how to do this - one way is adding an extra item to the end…

    24 votes
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  20. Allow backward compatibility with Xbox 360-based accessibility controllers

    Assistive tech is prohibitively expensive, so if someone has an existing input solution for an older system it might not be financially viable to move to the XB1 and pay for it all over again – if it even exists.

    65 votes
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