XBox Proteus Controller Allows Custom Configurations For Disabled Gamers

With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.

Developed by Ireland-based tech accessibility company Byowave in collaboration with Microsoft’s Designed for XBox Partner Hardware program, the Proteus is a modular game controller that can be configured for a disabled gamer’s specific needs. Each of the controller’s input cubes is modular and can be attached to one another on any of their sides. In addition, the actual inputs (thumbstick, directional pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, etc.) are also modular and can be swapped out on the same cube.

Proteus offers countless configurations, including ones for utilizing the entire controller with a single hand, and even a vertically oriented controller in a pistol grip style. This versatility allows users to adapt the controller to their unique needs and preferences. The controller is available now for $299, and can be completely customized via a companion app, which allows a user to remap buttons and change the default analog direction for sticks and directional pads so they can be used from any orientation.

Sometime in the future, we may control video games entirely with our minds. Right now, our hands act as the middleman. In my case, one who’s always trying to rip me off and make me lose. Or at least that’s the excuse I tell myself. In reality, I’m just a terrible gamer.

[via TechEblog]

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With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.