Microsoft Store gets accessibility update – TrueAchievements

The Microsoft Store for Xbox has now added accessibility tags to more than 325 games, as well as relocating the store’s accessibility page to make it more easily discoverable.

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The changes were supported by more than 11,000 Xbox Insiders, thanks to the Xbox Accessibility Insider League (XAIL) that launched in October. The biggest change to come from this Microsoft Store update on console, PC, and mobile is the addition of 20 accessibility tags. More tags are planned to be added to the four categories (Audio, Gameplay, Input, Visual) in the future, but this first wave includes:

  • Accessibility on launch
  • Adjustable difficulty
  • Adjustable input sensitivity
  • Adjustable text size
  • Colour options
  • Customised volume controls
  • Full keyboard support
  • Input remapping
  • Narrated game menus
  • No button holds
  • No quick-time events
  • On-demand tutorials
  • Pausable
  • Progress saving options
  • Single stick gameplay
  • Spatial audio
  • Steady camera
  • Subtitle options
  • Text contrast options
  • Text-to-speech/Speech-to-text communications

Currently, the store offers tags on a little over 325 games, but developers now have the ability to tag their games within the store — providing they pass the standards Microsoft expects for them to be included — so we can expect to see this list grow in the future. Tagged games now show an “Accessibility features” button on the main page, and publishers can link to accessibility details pages for further information about their games.

You can see all of the tagged games in the new Accessibility Spotlight page, found as a submenu on the Microsoft Store homepage. More features are planned for the future, including the ability to filter and sort games by the tags, and using the tags on other Microsoft experiences.

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