New game controller for disabled gamers

As a gamer it’s hard to imagine not being able to use your hands — to suddenly not be able to enjoy your favorite games and to try not getting excited about all the games yet to come. However, this is a sad reality that some face.

This is what happened to Michael Echoes, a soldier on his third tour in Iraq who was hit by a 400 lb IED (Improvised Explosive Device). 39% of his body is burned and he was left without a left hand and right thumb, leaving him unable to play games since the incident. Thankfully, though, there are people out there working to make sure he can get the chance to enjoy his games again.

Help comes from eDimensional and renowned modder and engineer Benjamin Heckendorn (aka BenHeck), known for his awesome Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 laptops, who have teamed up to create a one-handed controller that supports the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PC.

The new Access Controller uses a patented modular design featuring two analog sticks, a D-pad, four action buttons and four more shoulder buttons. The modules are spread out so each finger can control a separate module and they can be rearranged to player’s taste. The controller is designed to be set on a leg or desktop and promises good balance and responsive control.

Michael Epstien, CEO of eDimensional said, “We could not be more pleased to team up once again with Ben to make his vision of a readily-available single-handed controller a reality. It has become a mission for our company and a truly rewarding experience that we are fortunate to be a part of.”

The Access Controller is available to pre-order now from for $129.99. Orders should start shipping in about 8 weeks. A portion of all proceeds will be going to Children’s Hospital and Veteran’s Affairs Medical Centers.