Xbox Adaptive Controller support will soon come to Linux machines thanks to one software engineer

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As part of Xbox’s ongoing drive to make gaming more accessible to everyone, the Xbox Adaptive Controller was released in 2018 to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility. The XAC also functions as a hub for multiple gaming devices that make gaming more accessible for those with disabilities.

Available at a range of retailers including Amazon, Target, Gamestop, Newegg, Best Buy, Walmart and of course the Microsoft Store, the $99.99 Xbox Adaptive Controller has been a great boon for gamers with disabilities and limited mobility on Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

But what about Linux gamers? Unfortunately, the benefits of the XAC haven’t been available to gamers on Linux machines. But that is about to change all thanks to a single software engineer.

Nathan Yocom, who is also co-author of The Definitive Guide to Linux Network Programming, has been working to expand the existing XAC driver code. And with each update he comes a little closer to bringing full XAC support to Linux users. While full implementation isn’t quite there yet, you can expect it to be ready for prime time in the not-too-distant future.

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