The Xbox Adaptive Controller heartwarmingly allowed someone’s kid to play Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the first time

What a good piece of hardware

Say what you will about Microsoft, but the Adaptive Controller has made some huge headway in the industry. There’s a reason why it made Time Magazine’s top 10 gadget of the decade list alongside of the Nintendo Switch: and now the two are about to collide in a completely wholesome way.

UK native Rory Steel has a daughter, Ava, that has HSP (Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia), a condition that interferes with her ability to use traditional controllers. Enter the Adaptive Controller, which her father tinkered with to make the controls “less complicated” so that she could handle them. In short, he took the core design of the hardware and hacked it to suit his needs.

There’s a double great ending to this story. Not only is Ava thrilled that she can play Zelda: Breath of the Wildaccording to outlet Channel 103, Logitech and Microsoft are getting in touch with Rory now to see if he can help them in some official capacity. Even Xbox boss Phil Spencer is impressed. Rory is also thinking about doing a video tutorial for the setup so everyone can give it a go.

Your wholesome quota for all of 2020 is now fulfilled.

Chris Carter
Reviews Director, Co-EIC - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!