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  1. Ability to turn off vibration on the Xbox One controller

    I want an option to turn off the controller vibration in general. Not just game by game. I am a disabled gamer and the vibration can be painful for me.

    [Mod edit: This idea was combined with a post from McilroyTheStig. Thanks, everyone!]

    2,152 votes
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  2. Make Xbox One bluetooth compatible for use with hearing aids

    I wear hearing aids and would like to be able to stream the sound from my console directly to my hearing aids, the same way I do with phone calls and all other media, via my Bluetooth device.

    514 votes
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  3. Have Cortana read text/subtitles out loud

    That would be great if we could have this on Xbox for people like toddlers, autistic, elders and blind people etc. who have trouble reading or recognising on screen words on anything even any games and apps using Kinect manually and automatically for those without Kinects or microphones.

    489 votes
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  4. Increase Font Size/Make It Resizable

    I have a hard time to read all the (white) text on the dark background since the font is simply too small. I am not sitting very close to my TV and sometimes I even have to walk closer to the TV to be able to read anything. Especially when navigating through the settings of Xbox.

    It would be great to be able to increase the font size.

    435 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. 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.

    248 votes
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  7. Single-handed Xbox One Controller

    Please release a controller for disabled people who can only use one hand. Even a flightstick with an analogo thumbstick on top would be awsome. So many people have this necessity... LET THEM BE GAMERS!

    246 votes
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  8. Encourage game developers to avoid excluding gamers with disabilities

    More than 20% of gamers have some form of disability, from colourblindness and dyslexia to deafness and cerebral palsy.

    But many are often excluded from enjoying games through trivial design decision. The reason is usually a simple lack of awareness on the developers' part, no-one intentionally sets out to exclude people.

    A few examples of common easy design considerations that can help many people are:

    - Allow buttons to be remapped
    - Don't rely on colour alone to convey information
    - Provide a subtitle option
    - Avoid tiny low contrast text
    - Allow players to advance through text at their…

    201 votes
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  9. 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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  10. Remove Xbox Message Cap for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Gamers

    XBOX should provide unlimited messages for deaf and hard of hearing people. They limited how many messages per day. It's unfair for us, deaf and hard of hearing people, who use xbox messager or inbox as our form of communication. We cannot communicate through mic knowing we can't hear.

    If you go overboard with messages, you have to wait at least 24 hours to be able to send more messages.

    Thanks.

    163 votes
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  11. Allow a choice of system font

    Font choice can make a real difference for people who have difficulty reading, and for some people with vision loss too.

    As different people have different needs, even within the umbrella of 'dyslexia', a choice of a few different options would be useful. Some people benefit from reading the typeface that they are most familiar with. Some swear by the amateur dyslexia fonts. Others prefer easy-read. A good set of options might be:
    - Default system
    - Arial/verdana
    - FS-ME

    And potentially something along the lines of opendyslexia/dyslexie too.

    Perhaps even going as far as an easy-read preset, that ups…

    157 votes
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  12. Remappable Triggers for the Xbox One Controller

    Allow us to switch the functions of the triggers on Xbox one's new controller remapping app. It only makes sense that it should be there.

    153 votes
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  13. Ability to set a flag on your profile to notify other players that you do not use voice chat

    Online gaming can be a pretty fraught experience when impaired speech or hearing is concerned, for both sides – e.g. a gamer with hearing loss being reported or kicked out of a game or for not speaking, and an unimpaired gamer frustrated with uncommunicative team-mates.

    Although it’s an issue that largely needs to be solved at game level, it would be useful to be able to set a system preference to indicate that you do not (for whatever reason – may just not like speaking online) use voice chat, and have that in some way indicated to other players.

    107 votes
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  14. 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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  15. Turbo function in the Xbox One Elite controller would help the disabled community gamers.

    Hi,

    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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  16. 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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  18. List accessibility features (colorblind mode, etc.) in game descriptions on the game marketplace

    "If you can’t play it, you can’t take it back. You’ve wasted the money. Four times we’ve had unplayable games we can do nothing with."
    Gareth Garrett, disabled gamer

    This is a huge huge problem for gamers with disabilities, everything from colorblindness to cerebral palsy.

    It could be addressed very easy by simple listing key accessibility features, in the same way that information about violence etc is already shown.

    There are a great many possible accessibility features, so they culdn't all be listed. But the most important ones would be:

    - Remappable controls
    - Colorblind safe
    - Subtitles (text equivalents…

    83 votes
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  19. 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…

    79 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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