In recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day we’d like to highlight a new feature to Xbox One that we are particularly excited about: Copilot.
What is Copilot?
Copilot is a relatively new and frankly awesome feature on the Xbox One which was created to provide more flexible input options during gameplay. The feature works by taking the input from two individual controllers and merging it into one. Gamers can use both controllers simultaneously to control a single character in game.
Designed for gamers with physical disabilities who need alternatives to holding a controller, a person can use both controllers together such as one under a chin and the other controlled by a hand or foot. Another great aspect of copilot is that the primary player, the pilot, is able to assist in whatever way the copilot needs and can alter the level of assistance provided seamlessly. This feature creates a ton of new ways to play Xbox One games. You can use it to teach a child or younger sibling how to play more difficult games, create new ways to play that address a variety of accessibility issues, or even change the single player experience into a co-op experience just to name a couple examples.
Games to Play with Copilot!
The Bug Butcher
The Bug Butcher is an enjoyable side-scrolling shoot-em-up where instead of facing your enemies head on, they’ll be coming from above. You play as Harry, a man with the mission of decontaminating the building room by room, spend your coins on upgrades, and protect the scientists from the bug menace. Using the copilot feature in The Bug Butcher would allow the pilot to help out the copilot by controlling movement or shooting.
In Snake Pass you’ll slither, curl, and climb your way through a beautiful tropical world filled with obstacles and objectives, and explore the wonders Haven Tor as you travel to the top alongside Noodle the snake and Doodle the bird. Snake Pass is an example of a game that can be tough to master but has a premise that is interesting to both new and experienced gamers. Using Copilot allows the pilot to be there as backup when necessary, which creates a scenario where an inexperienced gamer can develop mastery of complex game elements over time.
Sky Force Anniversary
Sky Force Anniversary is a re-release of a popular arcade shooter originally released 10 years ago. A fantastic game that pairs the intensity of classic arcade games with smooth updated visuals you can rescue civilians, boost your final score, and evade the storms of bullets coming your way. In Sky Force one player can control movement while the other controls the weapons. This creates a great scenario where gamers can control two different elements of the game.
In Slime Rancher, you’ll step into the shoes of Beatrix LeBeau, a slime rancher armed with a vacpack to suck up the slimes and bring them back to her ranch where you’ll raise them. You can customize the ranch and utilize slime science to create new slime types. Slime Rancher is a great game to use Copilot with as the pilot can control much of the game while letting the copilot engage however they feel comfortable, whether that’s sucking up slimes with the vacpack or feeding them on the ranch.
Super Toy Cars
Super Toy Cars is a fun and engaging table top racing game featuring 16 different vehicles and 15 different tracks where you can play with up to 4 friends or family members at home and up to 8 people online. Using Copilot will allow the player to share the joy of racing with another gamer who may only feel comfortable steering or pressing the gas.
Manual Samuel features the main character Samuel on the worst day of his life. After dying he’s offered a deal from Death that if he does everything manually for 24 hours he will be brought back to life. Manuel Samuel is different from the rest of the titles on this list in that there is a form of Copilot already implemented within the game as all of the buttons can be mapped between one of two controllers at will. However, using copilot would allow each player to back the other up as they make their way through some of the more challenging parts of the game.
Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas
In Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas, you wake up and find a letter from your father. He is gone and the only lead is his old notebook and a mysterious necklace. Enjoy an incredible soundtrack as you master magic and swordplay and explore the ancient kingdom of Arcadia. A game that is beautiful but difficult at times, the pilot can help their less experienced counterpart to succeed in this fun experience.
Sparkle Unleashed is a fun and quick paced match 3 puzzle game where you pivot back and forth and shoot marbles at a snaking line of them in order to match 3 of the same color and clear the board. Using Copilot mode with this game can turn a great single player experience into a fun co-op experience focused on solid communication that you can enjoy with a beginning gamer.
How to turn on Copilot:
- Connect a second controller to the Xbox for the copilot.
The copilot can sign in or not – achievements and gamerscore don’t go to this player.
- Using the pilot’s controller, go to Settings > Ease of Access > Controller.
- Choose Copilot settings, then Turn on Copilot.
The controllers are now linked, and both controllers have full control. When you start a game, you can use either controller however you like.
To turn off Copilot, go back to the Copilot settings and choose Turn off Copilot, or simply press and hold the Guide button, and the select the “Turn off Copilot” button.
Do you use Copilot? What ID@Xbox games do you think it works well with? Share your stories with us in the comments here or on twitter @ID_Xbox!