Hori Flex controller improves accessibility for disabled Nintendo Switch players
The Nintendo Switch has been on fire due to a lack of access options for disabled players, but Nintendo is slowly adding support to help more people play its main console. Software updates that allow buttons to be reset were released this year – it will help many players who can’t push into joysticks – and a zoom function to help partially sighted players.
While software updates are definitely an improvement, Nintendo still lags behind Sony and Microsoft in many other access areas. Both rival companies have screen reading software to help half-sighted and blind players, and Microsoft has released the Xbox Adapter Controller – compatible with any console or computer, and its interface allows everyone to access the game.
This interview works with a visually impaired Pokමmon player Eurogamer It highlights a number of issues he faces while playing, but Nintendo is slowly but surely improving. The officially licensed Hori Flex controller is designed to play games on the switch and computer with all types of disabled players. According to a translation those Website, Flex Controller “Developed and sold exclusively for those who cannot use a standard format controller.”
Therefore, if you cannot use a standard controller, it is advisable not to purchase one other than its standard one. As you can see, the Hori Flex has a lot of large buttons that connect to your switch or computer via USB. If your current joysticks and other buttons are more comfortable you can connect. The Flex controller is currently only available in Japan and is priced at around US $ 230 ($ 180), however we expect it to be released internationally in the future.
All buttons are reset with software, and the entire controller can be mounted with an inch screw – standard size for most triangles, etc. Motherboard, Nintendo explained that their “software and hardware developers are constantly evaluating various technologies to expand this accessibility” and are committed to further access improvements.
For Flex, Hori worked with “rehab professionals” to create a controller that supports “eye-sight” eye tracking technology, but you need a Windows PC, eye tracker, and video capture unit to use this.
This is an important step forward in Nintendo Switch accessibility, but there is always much more to do. However, it seems that many players will be able to dive into the best switch RPGs or the many switches multiplayer games they have never done before – which is definitely something to celebrate.