News personality Philousports: “Xbox is much more involved in engaging people with disabilities.” Known on Twitter – where he has more than 250,000 fans – Philippe, aka Philousports, is known for his sharp humor. Anything goes: the pandemic, football, but also his disability, which he speaks openly. Humans have always suffered from myopathy, a progressive disease that now prevents them from holding a controller. Recently, Xbox took on the challenge with the Capgame Association to create a one-of-a-kind device that would help “Philou”. We took the opportunity to interview him. “I’m playing Fifa and Assassin’s Creed (at the moment, editor’s note), the effect is insane, I almost cried. I find feelings that I had lost ”. With a certain emotion, Philou, who is known on Twitter and has more than 250,000 subscribers, tells us about his latest games, the first in years. “I was born a myopath, it’s progressive,” he tells us in writing. “Up until 7 years ago I held the controllers well, but since then I’ve lost strength and motor skills in my fingers, making it impossible to play.” A real frustration for this video game fan who seeks the medium of emotions that they cannot find anywhere else. Philou claims to have been looking for solutions for a long time. Handigamer, an association that makes devices for disabled players, first developed a kind of improved arcade stick for it. “I needed a supplement because it wasn’t enough for my handicap. Capgame gave me the solution ”.
On the way to the game
Capgame is another association committed to making video games accessible to people with disabilities. With Xbox, they developed the Philou miniseries, which joined the game and is still on air, to show, step by step, the development of a new device so that Philippe can finally play. The Microsoft brand has been working to narrow the gap between people with reduced mobility and video game adventures for a number of years, most notably through their Xbox Adaptive Controller, a rectangular controller that can be connected to a whole range of accessories depending on the disability. A somewhat strange object that also served as the basis for Philou’s new setup. I have an arcade style pad to which we added three remote control buttons: two on the head and one to have the same sensations as the trigger and which one allows you to measure the performance. It’s scalable. The more I play, the more I will adjust features – Philippe, aka Philousports This evolutionary aspect can be done by Philou even in his corner by moving some cables with the help of remote displays. All of this will eventually allow him to play very different titles and even gain in precision. “I haven’t explored (all features of the setup, editor’s note),” he states. He saves this step for his future Twitch channel, in which he wants to show his progress, receive guests, but also disabled people, other players who are disabled like him.
Lack of initiative
Philou therefore wants to give maximum visibility to the problems he encounters every day. “I unlocked (this miniseries, editor’s note) something. After that, I think that in the long run this is enough to be sufficient. “Because in the near future, apart from the Xbox side, the initiatives of the most important players in the industry to help the people in Philippe’s case are missing. The reason, however, is that the games themselves are progressing, with in-game options to improve accessibility, like in The Last of Us, Part II or Gears 5. “Big Strides,” said Philippe. With these options, the man selects one. This enables two players in particular to control a single character on the Microsoft console screen: “If someone has a very, very severe handicap, he can, for example, shoot at one goal, while a valid all other actions “explains,” Without having a battle of the consoles, by switching to Xbox I saw that they are much more involved in inclusion. Just look at their approach with this miniseries. ” Hopefully other companies will follow suit. By Indee, journalist jeuxvideo.com MP