Google Stadia Team and AbleGamers Charity Collaborating on Accessibility Options
Google and AbleGamers are working together on more options for gamers with disabilities, although the exact details are still unknown.
AbleGamers Charity‘s official Twitter account revealed some exciting news for gamers with disabilities: the charity will be consulting for Google to create and increase accessibility options for the Google Stadia. Even though the details of the project are currently unknown (most likely due to NDAs), it must be exciting enough work for them to release a status update on it:
We're thrilled to be consulting for @Google to increase accessibility and ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities.
— AbleGamers Charity (@AbleGamers) November 22, 2019
It’s a great move on Google’s part to ensure that accessibility becomes an integral part to their service. If a corporate giant can do something like this, hopefully it’ll inspire more game companies to implement these options as well.
Google recent stated that “Games obtained free or with discounts, thanks to the Stadia Pro subscription, will no longer be available once the subscription has ended. You can continue playing with the games you have purchased at full price.”
The Google Stadia launch trailer is a wild ride, which you can check out here. Reggie Watts, comedian and musician, is at the center of Google’s launch day ad for some reason. And it’s like watching a Tim & Eric sketch. But for actually important information, check out our price guide for all the launch titles, as well as our unboxing video for the Founder’s Edition.
You can check out the DualShockers’ review for Google Stadia, which recently went live and we didn’t find the platform to be all that bad. While it’s lacking a lot of features at launch, in our experience, the game-streaming tech that is at the center of the product does work as intended. Still, our final verdict on the platform, for now, is that we recommend you maybe wait a bit longer before potentially jumping in for yourself.
Over the past year we have seen several strides towards making games more accessible. Microsoft released the Xbox Adaptive Controller, CVAA legislation ensured that future titles will have communication systems that are accessible by those with disabilities, and Toys for Bob finally added cutscene subtitles to Spyro Reignited Trilogy after Activision said they weren’t an industry standard. That being said, there is still plenty of work to be done, and AbleGamers hopes to help developers and players accomplish that with their new site Accessible.Games.