Xbox Series X|S has tactile indicators over the ports to assist the visually impaired

By Sean Carey,
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S feature tactile indicators that will help visually impaired people with reach-around cabling. Bryce Johnson, inclusive lead at Microsoft Devices and co-inventor of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, revealed the design choice over on Twitter.

Each port on the Xbox Series X|S features a small pattern of bumps, which should make it easier for those with visual impairments to feel which port is which when setting up a new console. The power cable socket is represented by one small bump, two bumps for the ethernet cable, and a long unbroken line for the HDMI port. Kaitlyn Jones, Program Manager working with the Xbox gaming accessibility team, followed up with a tweet showing images of the feature on both the Series X and Series S, and later said that the idea behind them is to assist with port identification through touch.

Although Johnson does point out it's not a complete solution, it's great to see Microsoft continuing its inclusive approach and making gaming accessible to more people.

Thanks to ClassierPompano for the news suggestion.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.