Xbox celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) with the disability community and introduces new projects.
Xbox celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) with the disability community by raising awareness of digital accessibility and inclusion.
Xbox presents current measures that have been developed with the community to enable even more people to enjoy gaming.
Xbox and the GAAD: An Overview
Below you will find a selection of different measures and initiatives that bring people and communities together and focus on accessibility:
- Xbox workshop for caregivers: Xbox DACH has developed a pilot workshop for caregivers. The goal: How can seniors benefit from gaming? The workshop was first held in St. Elisabeth-Stift Berlin implemented – all information about the project is available here.
- Gaming Without Borders tests Xbox games for accessibility: In Season 4 of #WeAreAllGaming With the support of Congstar, Gaming without Borders tests current and popular Xbox games for accessibility, including Forza Horizon 5, Minecraft and Halo: Infinite.
- Accessible World for Minecraft: Education Edition: As of this month, Minecraft: Education Edition has one new world on the issue of accessibility. There, students learn in a playful way to perceive the barriers that people with disabilities encounter in their everyday lives.
- Xbox Channel on Twitch with American Sign Language (ASL): Under Twitch.com/XboxASL you will now find an Xbox channel in American Sign Language (ASL). Every day, the Xbox Plays team plays the latest and greatest titles from the world of Xbox on Twitch.
- Partnership between XAIL and Windows Insider Program: the Xbox Accessibility Insider League (XAIL) provides people with disabilities and their supporters with a way to provide accessibility feedback directly to Xbox engineers or game developers. The Xbox team is now working with the Windows Insider program to integrate barrier-free functions into the pre-release versions of Windows 11 as well.
- Xbox Accessibility Guidelines (XAGs) 3.0: Based on community and developer feedback, the latest version of the Xbox Accessibility Guidelines (XAGs) a new mental health policy.
- Gaming Accessibility Resource Hub: In collaboration with the gaming and disability community and subject matter experts from Unity, Unreal and Coherent, the Gaming Accessibility Resource Hub brought to life. Here you will find a lot of information for accessible gaming gathered in one place, as well as training courses, lectures, test tools and common game engines.
- Accessibility features for consoles and platforms: Special functions allow individual adjustments to the gaming experience and make games accessible to even more players. In recent months, this has included features like Console Silent UI for muting additional audio, the ability to toggle the share button to 22+ commands, and adding zoom and toggle tooltips on the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
- Gaming accessibility fundamentals in five learning modules: The Game Accessibility Basics course is free and recently available in German. It includes five learning modules that cover a wide range of topics: the basics of accessibility, working with the disability community, enabling hardware and software technologies, and best practices for gaming hardware development. You can find the free course here here.
- Accessibility feature tags: The tags help gamers search for titles on the Xbox Store. Over 400 titles are now tagged, with over 100 having five or more tags.
- Forza Horizon 5 and Accessibility: In collaboration with the disability community, Playground Games has integrated American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) into Forza Horizon 5’s cutscenes. You can find more optimizations here.
For more information on Xbox’s commitment to accessibility, see the comprehensive article on Xbox Wire DACH.