If you have already browsed the library of games available to you on Xbox Game Pass, or look for something to buy on the Xbox Game Store, and wondered what the subtitle options would be before buying only to find there was no way to find out that kind of information, Microsoft hears you.
Xbox Accessibility Director Anita Mortaloni announced that Xbox is in the process of adding accessibility tags to its digital store. The goal of the new beacons is to make it easier and clearer for gamers with disabilities whether a game has settings that let them know what games they can play.
In a post on Xbox Wire, Mortaloni kicked off a month-long celebration of accessible games on Xbox with the news that the new “Accessibility” tab in the Store Details section is coming soon.
“For years, the number one question we get from the Gaming & Disability community is ‘how do I know what games I can play? “, explains Mortaloni in the message. “This is an important question because it can be difficult for players to know before buying a game if it has the accessibility features that they need.
As such, Accessibility Feature Tags (formerly known as Accessibility Metadata Tags) are coming to the Microsoft Store on Xbox, which will display the accessibility features available in each game so you can make informed decisions before to buy or download. These 20 labels tell you whether accessible features like commented game menus, subtitle options, input remapping, full keyboard support, and single-stick gameplay will appear in a game.
It seems like a small thing, but having this information at your fingertips right in the store – without having to google details or download the game first – is time-saving and incredibly useful for people with disabilities. .
“We know that beyond these 20 accessibility features, there are other features our community would like to see featured on games,” Mortaloni continues. “In the future, we hope to add more tags, but be careful not to add so many tags that it becomes confusing. Game accessibility feature tags will also be available on Xbox.com, the Xbox app on PC and Xbox Game Pass apps in the coming months.”