It's never been easier to create adaptive controls to play video games. For gamers with particular needs not met by standard gaming controllers, the Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC) is a fantastic option for managing alternative inputs.

In this guide, we'll learn how to build our own interconnections between large buttons, foot pedals, analog joysticks, and limit switches and the XAC's button inputs.

XAC is designed to work with the Xbox One series of consoles and Windows 10. However, many people have sucessfully used it on other systems by adding a wireless controller adapter to translate between standards.
The basic switch inputs in this guide do not require any soldering, but as you build more complex XAC projects, some soldering skills can come in handy!

Assistive Technology Resources

There are many great resources out there for people to learn more about AT for gamers. Here are a few:

If you're interested in helping build adaptive controllers, AT Makers can help you get connected with people in your areas. They've also got great guides on building adaptive connectors and switch testers.

The support of Bill Binko of AT Makers, and Bryce Johnson of Microsoft Devices have been incredibly helpful in creating this guide! Thanks guys!

If you're just learning about XAC, here are a couple of good videos to watch:


You'll need to a Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller as well as an Xbox One or Window's 10 PC to use this guide. Additionally, here are some of the switches, buttons, joysticks, pedals, wiring, connectors, and supplies you can use to create your own inputs:

1 x Mini Analog Joystick
10K Potentiometers
1 x Foot switch
momentary button, bare wires
1 x Small Arcade Joystick
with four switches
1 x Magnetic contact switch
door sensor/reed switch
1 x Micro Switch w/Wire
Three Terminals

You can also have a look at our many, many other buttons!


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This guide was first published on Jan 11, 2019. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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