Is this Microsoft’s new Xbox One controller?

Microsoft may be working on a thoroughly unique Xbox One controller designed to assist gamers with accessibility needs.

An image posted online by WalkingCat Twitter account shows a gamepad with two large black pads in place of the traditional array of buttons.

These pads, which may be programmable, would make games easier to play for people with visual impairments or without the dexterity needed to hit precise buttons.

There also appears to be a row of touch-sensitive shortcut buttons across the top of the controller that may be easier to use when navigating around the console.

Interestingly there are three LED lights with a button next door (via Windows Central). This suggests users will be able to easily switch between programmed settings.

The traditional Xbox power button remains, along with a simple D-Pad. The side of the pad features a traditional USB port and a 3.5mm jack.

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As well as providing the ability to charge the controller, that USB port would likely be used for programming the pad to suit the gamer.

Whether or not the controller is genuine remains unclear. However, the timing of its appearance is highly significant.

Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference is taking place on June 10 and it seems likely this piece of hardware would be on show if it’s the real deal.

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