ACCESSIBILITY IN MINECRAFT

The Minecraft team is working hard to add features that make our games more accessible to ALL players. Here is a guide to some of the accessibility features that are in Minecraft today.

Accessibility settings

Minecraft includes an Accessibility Menu in Settings for easy access to accessibility settings. To access the Accessibility Menu on Bedrock editions, select Settings and the Accessibility Menu and options are displayed by default. On Java edition, click or tab to the Accessibility Menu icon on the main menu to access accessibility settings.

Accessible menu navigation and narration

All versions of Minecraft (using English as a language) include the ability to navigate the menus in an accessible way using a keyboard (or controller and touch on Bedrock). We are working to add support for more languages soon.

About menu UI narration:

·         On Bedrock, if you have a screen reader enabled on your platform, Minecraft will automatically enable menu UI narration when the game is launched.

·         On Java, menu UI narration can be toggled using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B anywhere in-game.

·         Menu UI narration can be enabled and disabled in the Accessibility Menu in Settings.

Tips on navigating menus:

·         Use arrow keys to navigate all menus in Bedrock edition on PC.

·         Use the Escape key as a shortcut to go back to the previous selection or close the current screen in Bedrock edition on PC.

·         Some screens, like the Play screen, contain tabs that are used to navigate different sections of the screen. Use the left bracket and right bracket keys (on a keyboard), or the RB and LB buttons (on a controller) to switch between tabs.

The Minecraft Launcher includes audio cues to help players navigate the login and launch experience. To enable audio cues on the Minecraft Launcher, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B. You should hear a sparkle ringing sound to confirm that the sound is enabled.

Tips on navigating the Minecraft Launcher:

If you have previously logged in and sound is enabled, follow these steps to launch Minecraft Java Edition:

  1. After starting the Launcher, you will hear a positive sound from a Villager indicating that you have now successfully entered the Launcher
  2. Press Enter to launch Minecraft Java Edition.
  3. Game music will indicate that Minecraft Java Edition has loaded.

If you are not logged in and sound is enabled, follow these steps to login and launch Minecraft Java Edition:

  1. Initial focus will be on the email/username text box.
  2. Enter your email/username.
  3. Press Tab to move to the password text box.
  4. Enter your password.
  5. Press Enter to Login. If the credentials are not valid, you will hear a negative sound from a Villager. Your focus will be reset to the email/username field to retry your login. If the credentials are valid, you will hear a positive sound from a Villager indicating that you have now successfully entered the Launcher.
  6. Focus will be on the Launch button, and you can press Enter to start the game.
  7. Game music will indicate that Minecraft Java Edition has loaded.

Accessible chat using text-to-speech

Minecraft includes an option to use text-to-speech for chat during any game session.

To enable text-to-speech for chat:

  1. Use the Accessibility Menu in Settings to enable text-to-speech for chat.
  2. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B at any point during a game session to enable text-to-speech for chat.

Tips on using text-to-speech for chat:

  1. Navigate to previously sent chat messages using the arrow keys on a keyboard or the left-thumbstick on a controller.
  2. Use the Escape key, or B button on a controller, when you have the text field selected to back out and navigate the chat screen on keyboard.

Future accessibility features

Minecraft is working on improving the existing features and adding additional features for accessibility in future updates. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on what is most important to you. Please submit your ideas at https://feedback.minecraft.net.

ACCESSIBILITY IN MINECRAFT EARTH

The Minecraft Earth team is working hard to add features that make our game more accessible to ALL players. Here is a guide to some of the accessibility features that are in Minecraft Earth today.

Precision Mode [AR]

Minecraft Earth includes a Precision Mode option in Settings and during AR play to assist players with building on their Buildplates.

Bright Mode [AR]

Minecraft Earth includes a Bright Mode option in Settings and during AR play to help visibility of AR content when lighting conditions are not optimal.

Move functions [AR]

Minecraft Earth provides Move and Rotate functions to improve accessibility of Buildplates in AR space.

Future accessibility features

Minecraft Earth is working on improving the existing features and adding additional features for accessibility in future updates. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on what is most important to you. Please submit your ideas at https://feedback.minecraft.net.

ACCESSIBILITY IN MINECRAFT DUNGEONS

Mojang Studios is working hard to add features that make our games more accessible to ALL players. Here is a guide to some of the accessibility features that are in Minecraft Dungeons today.

Note: Upon start-up, the first screen with interactivity on it is the Title Page.  When you hear background music for the first time, this is where you need to Press Any Button.  Once you do that, the game will look for your save profile. 

Accessibility settings

Minecraft Dungeons includes an Accessibility Menu, select it from the Main Menu or via Settings from in-game. 

Settings include the following:

Text-to-Speech: On/Off

Subtitles: On/Off

Enemy Outline Color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Gold, Green, Mint Green, Pink, Magenta, Purple, Lavender, and White.

Chat Wheel Type: Hold & Release or Press & Select

Accessible menu navigation and narration

All versions of Minecraft Dungeons (using English as a language) include the ability to navigate the menus in an accessible way using a keyboard (or controller).

About menu UI narration:

·         If you have a screen reader enabled on your PC, Minecraft Dungeons will automatically enable menu UI narration when the game is launched.

·         Menu UI narration can be enabled and disabled in the Accessibility Menu.

Tips on navigating menus:

·         Use a controller (or keyboard on PC) to navigate all menus in Minecraft Dungeons.

·         Use the Escape key as a shortcut to go back to the previous selection or close the current screen in Minecraft Dungeons edition on PC.

The Minecraft Launcher includes audio cues to help players navigate the login and launch experience. To enable audio cues on the Minecraft Launcher, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B. You should hear a sparkle ringing sound to confirm that the sound is enabled.

Tips on navigating the Minecraft Launcher:

When you have opened the Minecraft Dungeons Launcher navigate with Tab key until you reach Login (Narrator will say “Login Button”).

Press Enter and you will be prompted with the Xbox login flow (Narrator will say “Welcome to Xbox).

Navigate with Tab key until you reach the Sign-in button (Narrator will say “Sign-un button”) and press Enter and follow the instructions to login.

Once logged in, you can navigate in the Minecraft Dungeons Launcher with the Tab key.

To launch the Minecraft Dungeons game, navigate to the Play button (Narrator will say “Play button”), then press Enter.

Enabling friends menu in multi-player

When starting or playing an Online game, located in the top right corner of the game screen user interface, is a button which accesses the Friends menu.  Press F or your Left Mouse Button to enter this menu.  Once inside, you can see which of your Friends are online and you have the option of inviting them to your game.

When an invitation to play is received, currently the Windows 10 Narrator will not read the message if a gamepad is being used. Players must press the Menu button on their controller to accept this invitation.

Reconnecting Online

If you get disconnected, when returned to the Main Menu, there will be a prompt in the bottom left portion of the screen which asks you to press down on the Left controller stick.  This will reconnect your session.

Accessible chat using text-to-speech

Minecraft Dungeons includes an option to use text-to-speech for chat during any game session. Minecraft Dungeons chat feature is made up of predefined icon based commands that are consolidated into a Communication Wheel. 

To enable text-to-speech for this, use the Accessibility Menu in Settings.

Tips on using text-to-speech for chat: 

1.      Visit the Controller/Key Binding menu, to learn how to invoke the Communication Wheel. 

2.      Icon based messages sent by you or other players are displayed in the lower left corner of the screen. If text-to-speech has been enabled, the screen reader will announce the chat message sent. 

3.      As the messages are predefined and short, there is currently no way for users to view previously sent messages. 

Future accessibility features

Minecraft Dungeons is working on improving the existing features and adding additional features for accessibility in future updates. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on what is most important to you. Please submit your ideas at https://feedback.minecraft.net.