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Microsoft Offers to Evaluate Xbox, PC Games for Accessibility

Microsoft also updated its Xbox Accessibility Guidelines based on developer feedback.
Microsoft also updated its Xbox Accessibility Guidelines based on developer feedback. / Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Microsoft says developers working on games for Xbox consoles or PC can send their builds in to be evaluated for accessibility, making it significantly easier for developers to cater to the 46 million gamers with disabilities in the U.S.

Microsoft announced the program as one of several updates to its accessibility guidelines Tuesday. After submitting their builds, developers will receive detailed notes about what parts of their games could exclude some gamers with disabilities, and information about how to make their games more accessible.

Gamers with disabilities are part of the testing process, as members of the Gaming & Disability Community run test cases against games and provide their own feedback.

Microsoft also upgraded its Xbox Accessibility Guidelines based on responses from developers, clarifying and simplifying language, adding goal statements to facilitate easy navigation, and plenty more.

"It's important for us to ensure we are constantly improving and raising the bar for inclusive gaming," wrote Brannon Zahand, senior program manager of gaming accessibility at Microsoft. "This is just a single point in that journey."