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Gaming Gets More Inclusive with the Launch of the Xbox Adaptive Controller – Xbox Wire

Without a doubt, 2018 has been a hallmark year for inclusivity in gaming. From individual platforms and games introducing more features for gamers with accessibility needs to physical hardware like the Xbox Adaptive Controller, there has never before been such a high point for inclusivity in gaming. Available at Microsoft Stores and GameStop Online for $99.99, the first-of-its-kind Xbox Adaptive Controller will be available starting today, so even more gamers from around the world can engage with their friends and favorite gaming content on Xbox One and Windows 10.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a product that was ideated and pioneered with inclusivity at its heart. We iterated on and refined it through close partnership with gamers with limited mobility and fan feedback, as well as guidance and creativity from accessibility experts, advocates and partners such as The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, Special Effect and Warfighter Engaged. Even the accessible packaging the Xbox Adaptive Controller arrives in was an entirely new approach to redefining success in product packaging—directly informed and guided by gamers with limited mobility. It’s truly the collaboration and teamwork from these individuals and groups who helped bring the Xbox Adaptive Controller to gamers around the world. And gaming, everywhere, becomes greater because of that collaborative spirit.

Xbox Adaptive Controller

To the gamers and industry professionals around the world who shared their thoughts, feelings and feedback on either the Xbox Adaptive Controller itself or the accessible packaging it ships in—thank you. From gamers like Mike Luckett, a combat veteran based in the US who tested and shared feedback on the controller through the beta program, to gamers in the UK who kindly invited us into their homes and shared which iteration of the accessible packaging they liked most—this day of launch is a thanks to all your contributions. On behalf of gamers everywhere, we share our sincere thanks.

While the response from communities, gamers and press when we introduced the controller in May was remarkable, the true impact the Xbox Adaptive Controller has had with gamers becomes clearer when attending events like E3 in Los Angeles in June, wearing an “Xbox Adaptive Controller” t-shirt. Walking the show floor to run a simple errand, you become bombarded with smiles, greetings and high-fives—shared by gamers of all types—embracing and furthering the fondness of supporting inclusivity in gaming. It’s a powerful sentiment of appreciation for inclusivity, and we’re humbled by the reception.

Xbox Adaptive Controller

Beyond the humbling praise from the gaming industry, the Xbox Adaptive Controller has been equally recognized for its innovative approach to inclusive design in gaming. In fact, just today it was announced that the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, has acquired the controller as part of its Rapid Response Collecting program, which collects contemporary objects reflecting major moments in recent history that touch the world of design, technology and manufacturing. It’s an honor and achievement we did not set out to accomplish but are nonetheless moved by the recognition of the team’s passionate work invested in the Xbox Adaptive Controller, helping it stand out as a truly first of its kind product—in gaming and beyond.

Let today be a celebration of inclusivity in gaming—regardless of your platform, community or game of choice. Whether you’re a gamer using the Xbox Adaptive Controller for the first time or new to gaming, welcome to the Xbox family! Inclusivity starts with the notion of empowering everyone to have more fun.  That means making our products usable by everyone, to welcome everyone, and to create a safe environment for everyone.

If you’re looking for more information on the Xbox Adaptive Controller, peripherals available today to configure it just for your use, or tips on how to get setup, we’ve got you covered. Learn more about peripherals from our hardware partners such as Logitech, RAM and PDP, used to customize your Xbox Adaptive Controller configuration, here. Visit this page to learn more about using Copilot with the Xbox Adaptive Controller. And here is some general product information to help you learn more about the Xbox Adaptive Controller. Thanks again for joining us on this incredible journey of inclusivity; see you online!

Gartner Catalyst 2018: A future without data centers?

SAN DIEGO — Can other organizations do what Netflix has done — run a business without a data center? That’s the question that was posed by Gartner Inc. research vice president Douglas Toombs at the Gartner Catalyst 2018 conference.

While most organizations won’t run 100% of their IT in the cloud, the reality is that many workloads can be moved, Toombs told the audience.

“Your future IT is actually going to be spread across a number of different execution venues, and at each one of these venues you’re trading off control and choice, but you get the benefits of not having to deal with the lower layers,” he said.

Figure out the why, how much and when

When deciding why they are moving to the cloud, the “CEO drive-by strategy” — where the CEO swings in and says, “We need to move a bunch of stuff in the cloud, go make it happen,” — shouldn’t be the starting point, Toombs said.

“In terms of setting out your overall organizational priorities, what we want to do is get away from having just that as the basis and we want to try to think of … the real reasons why,” Toombs said.

Increasing business agility and accessing new technologies should be some of the top reasons why businesses would want to move their applications to the cloud, Toombs said. Once they have a sense of “why,” the next thing is figuring out “how much” of their applications will make the move. For most mainstream enterprises, the sweet spot seems to be somewhere between 40% and 80% of their overall applications, he said.

Businesses then need to figure out the timeframe to make this happen. Those trying to move 50% or 60% of their apps usually give themselves about three years to try and accomplish that goal, he said. If they’re more aggressive — with a target of 80% — they will need a five-year horizon, he said.

Whatever metric you pick, you want to track this very publicly over time within your organization.
Douglas Toombsresearch vice president, Gartner

“We need to get everyone in the organization with a really important job title — could be the top-level titles like CIO, CFO, COO — also in agreement and nodding along with us, and what we suggest for this is actually codifying this into a cloud strategy document,” Toombs told the audience at Gartner Catalyst 2018.

Dissecting application risk

Once organizations have outlined their general strategy, Toombs suggested they incorporate the CIA triad of confidentiality, integrity and availability for risk analysis purposes.

These three core pillars are essential to consider when moving an app to the cloud so the organization can determine potential risk factors.

“You can take these principles and start to think of them in terms of impact levels for an application,” he said. “As we look at an app and consider a potential new execution venue for it, how do we feel about the risk for confidentiality, integrity and availability — is this kind of low, or no risk, or is it really severe?”

Assessing probable execution venues

Organizations need to think very carefully about where their applications go if they exit their data centers, Toombs said. He suggested they assess their applications one-by-one, moving them off into other execution venues when they’re capable and are not going to increase overall risk

“We actually recommend starting with the app tier where you would have to give up the most control and look in the SaaS market,” he said. They can then look at PaaS, and if they have exhausted the PaaS options in the market, they can start to look at IaaS, he said.

However, if they have found an app that probably shouldn’t go to a cloud service but they still want to get to no data centers, organizations could talk to hosting providers that are out there — they’re happy to sell them hardware on a three-year contract and charge monthly for it — or go to a colocation provider. Even if they have put 30% of their apps in a colocation environment, they are not running data center space anymore, he said.

But if for some reason they have found an app that can’t be moved to any one of these execution venues, then they have absolutely justified and documented an app that now needs to stay on premises, he said. “It’s actually very freeing to have a no-go pile and say, ‘You know what, we just don’t think this can go or we just don’t think this is the right time for it, we will come back in three years and look at it again.'”

Kilowatts as a progress metric

While some organizations say they are going to move a certain percentage of their apps to the cloud, others measure in terms of number of racks or number of data centers or square feet of data center, he said.

Toombs suggested using kilowatts of data center processing power as a progress metric. “It is a really interesting metric because it abstracts away the complexities in the technology,” he said.

It also:

  • accounts for other overhead factors such as cooling;
  • easily shows progress with first migration;
  • should be auditable against a utility bill; and
  • works well with kilowatt-denominated colocation contracts.

“But whatever metric you pick, you want to track this very publicly over time within your organization,” he reminded the audience at the Gartner Catalyst 2018 conference. “It is going to give you a bit of a morale boost to go through your 5%, 10%, 15%, and say ‘Hey, we’re getting down the road here.'”

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AMD FX 8320 with cooler
asus sabertooth 990fx r2.0
8gb Corsair Dominator RAM
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Watercooling parts
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Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator
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Toshiba 3TB HDD only used for storage, fully working. £30
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Mining Rig – 6×1060

We’ve just listed our house on the market, so I can do without the hassle of moving this. hence sale.

All of the GPU have Samsung memory – which is the best you can get for mining/overclocking.

Full details below, including original purchase costs.

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£1100 collected from Solihull, but I travel around the UK a fair bit, so can arrange to meet.

BACS payment….

Mining Rig – 6×1060

Mining Rig – 6×1060

We’ve just listed our house on the market, so I can do without the hassle of moving this. hence sale.

All of the GPU have Samsung memory – which is the best you can get for mining/overclocking.

Full details below, including original purchase costs.

[​IMG]

£1100 collected from Solihull, but I travel around the UK a fair bit, so can arrange to meet.

BACS payment….

Mining Rig – 6×1060

Mining Rig – 6×1060

We’ve just listed our house on the market, so I can do without the hassle of moving this. hence sale.

All of the GPU have Samsung memory – which is the best you can get for mining/overclocking.

Full details below, including original purchase costs.

[​IMG]

£1100 collected from Solihull, but I travel around the UK a fair bit, so can arrange to meet.

BACS payment….

Mining Rig – 6×1060

Mining Rig – 6×1060

We’ve just listed our house on the market, so I can do without the hassle of moving this. hence sale.

All of the GPU have Samsung memory – which is the best you can get for mining/overclocking.

Full details below, including original purchase costs.

[​IMG]

£1100 collected from Solihull, but I travel around the UK a fair bit, so can arrange to meet.

BACS payment….

Mining Rig – 6×1060

Mining Rig – 6×1060

We’ve just listed our house on the market, so I can do without the hassle of moving this. hence sale.

All of the GPU have Samsung memory – which is the best you can get for mining/overclocking.

Full details below, including original purchase costs.

[​IMG]

£1100 collected from Solihull, but I travel around the UK a fair bit, so can arrange to meet.

BACS payment….

Mining Rig – 6×1060

Mining Rig – 6×1060

We’ve just listed our house on the market, so I can do without the hassle of moving this. hence sale.

All of the GPU have Samsung memory – which is the best you can get for mining/overclocking.

Full details below, including original purchase costs.

[​IMG]

£1100 collected from Solihull, but I travel around the UK a fair bit, so can arrange to meet.

BACS payment….

Mining Rig – 6×1060

Mining Rig – 6×1060

We’ve just listed our house on the market, so I can do without the hassle of moving this. hence sale.

All of the GPU have Samsung memory – which is the best you can get for mining/overclocking.

Full details below, including original purchase costs.

[​IMG]

£1100 collected from Solihull, but I travel around the UK a fair bit, so can arrange to meet.

BACS payment….

Mining Rig – 6×1060