Get to know the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, the Xbox Adaptive Controller features large programmable buttons and connects to external switches, buttons, mounts, and joysticks to help make gaming more accessible.

Video: Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Watch the video, Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller. Note This video is available in English only.

The face of the controller

The face of the Xbox Adaptive Controller is the side that faces up when the controller is in front of you.

The face of the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Xbox button (1): This button resides at the top left corner of the controller’s face (10 o'clock position). It’s round and protrudes slightly, and has multiple functions:

  • When the controller or console is turned off, press this button to turn on the controller and the console.
  • If the console is already on and the controller is off, press this button to turn on the controller.
  • When the controller and console are already on, press and hold this button for about 6 seconds to turn off the controller.
  • When the controller and console are already on, press and hold this button until the What do you want to do? options appear on the screen. From there, you can:
    • Turn off the console or controller.
    • Turn on Narrator or Magnifier.
  • When using the controller with Xbox One, press this button once to open the guide.
  • When using the controller with a Windows PC, this button opens Game bar when pressed during game play.
  • Exception: During game streaming through the Xbox App for Windows 10, pressing this button returns you to the Home screen of the app.

View button (2): This button resides just to the lower left of the Xbox button (around 7 o'clock). Use this button to focus in on an activity in a game or app, such as pulling up a map during a role-playing game or accessing the address bar in Microsoft Edge. The functions of this button vary depending on the app or game.

Menu button (3): This button resides just to the lower right of the Xbox button (around 5 o'clock). Use this button to access game and app menu options like Settings or Help, along with commands within the interface such as Enter on a keyboard.

Battery indicator light (4): This light appears below the View button (6 o’clock). The battery light will flash when the controller is being charged via USB-C cable (included) or AC Adapter (sold separately). When the controller is fully charged, the light will stop flashing and turn solid white.

Profile button (5): This button resides just below the Menu button (6 o’clock). Press this button to switch between controller profiles you create in the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One or Windows 10. When no bars appear lit next to the Profile button, the controller is using the default button mapping. For more info, see Customize the Xbox Adaptive Controller in the Xbox Accessories app.

Directional pad (D-pad) (6): This is a raised plus sign-shaped toggle that resides at the bottom left of the controller’s face. It moves the focus up, down, right, and left in game, app, and Xbox One interfaces. The D-pad can be remapped to other inputs using the Xbox Accessories app.

A and B buttons: These large buttons can be used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. The A button and B button can be remapped to other inputs using the Xbox Accessories app.

The back of the controller

The back of the Xbox Adaptive Controller is the side that faces away from you.

The back of the Xbox Adaptive Controller

The following buttons and connection ports are listed in the order in which they appear on the back of the controller (from left to right).

Next are a series of 3.5mm connection ports. When connected to an external device, these digital buttons can be used to interact with games, apps, and the Xbox One interface. These ports accept digital inputs. For more info about 3.5mm input support, see What external devices work with the Xbox Adaptive Controller?

  • Y button (2)
  • X button (3)
  • B button (4)
  • A button (5)
  • Right thumbstick click (6)
  • Right bumper (7)

The next two 3.5mm connection ports can accept analog and digital inputs.

  • Right trigger (8)
  • Left trigger (9)

The next two 3.5mm connection ports accept digital inputs.

  • Menu button (10): This 3.5mm port accepts a digital input from an external device. Use this button to access game and app menu options like Settings or Help, along with commands within the interface such as Enter on a keyboard.
  • View button (11): This 3.5mm port accepts a digital input from an external device. Use this button to focus in on an activity in a game or app, such as pulling up a map during a role-playing game or accessing the address bar in Microsoft Edge. The functions of this button vary depending on the app or game.

The next two 3.5mm connection ports can accept analog and digital inputs.

  • X2 button (12)
  • X1 button (13)

The remaining 3.5mm connection ports accept digital inputs.

  • Xbox button (14)
  • Left bumper (15)
  • Left thumbstick click (16)
  • D-pad right (17)
  • D-pad up (18)
  • D-pad down (19)
  • D-pad left (20)
  • USB-C power port (21): The USB-C power port is used for charging your Xbox Adaptive Controller. Plug the included USB-C cable into the USB-C power port and plug the other end into your Xbox One or PC (your Xbox or PC will automatically detect your controller and charge it). For more info, see Charge the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
  • DC power port (22): The DC power port has a circular shape and is located at the right end of the controller. If you’re plugging in one or more high-powered USB devices (such as QuadStick) into your controller, an AC Adapter is required (sold separately). For more info, see Charge the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

The sides of the controller

The sides of the Xbox Adaptive Controller

USB 2.0 connections are used for substituting the left and right thumbsticks with devices such as HID joysticks or HID gamepads.

  • USB 2.0 port (1): This port resides on the left side of the controller.
  • Stereo audio headset jack (2): This 3.5mm jack resides on the left side of the controller, next to the USB 2.0 port.
  • USB 2.0 port (3): This port resides on the right side of the controller.

The bottom of the controller

The bottom of the controller is the side facing down. There are a variety of mounting options.

The bottom of the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Two 10-24 screws designed for AMPS compatible mounts (1): These are above and below the center screw.

One ¼-20 screw designed for tripod mounts (2): This is the center screw.

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