Microsoft has finally announced that keyboard and mouse support is coming to the Xbox One, but worry not, it’ll be up to the developer to decide whether it’ll be implemented into their game.
Keyboard and mouse support has been a pretty hot topic for Xbox players since the console was announced back in 2013. It has however taken the company until 2018 to actually announce its arrival, and for good reason too.
One of the things which separate console and PC players is, of course, the controllers versus keyboard and mouse debate. On consoles, shooters are tailored in such a way that aiming with a controller is accurate, but also accessible, usually implementing some sort of aim assist. On PC however, aiming with a mouse can be much quicker and more accurate without any aim assists.
Because of this, there has always been a worry that if keyboard and mouse support comes to Xbox One that some players will have an unfair advantage. It’s happened already with Fortnite causing Epic Games to implement matchmaking for specific control types too.
Fortunately, it seems Microsoft is putting the option of keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One in the hands of the developer.
“Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games,” explains Jason Ronald, director of program management for Xbox. “Each development team knows their titles best and we support them in creating the right experience for their games as they see fit, to ensure an optimal and fair gaming experience.”
That doesn’t mean that the next Call of Duty or Battlefield title won’t support keyboard and mouse input as Infinity Ward or DICE could implement it, but as it stands, for now, it seems a limited selection of games will support this input.
Keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One is currently being enabled for select Xbox testers in the coming weeks. Microsoft is also teaming up with Razer to bring Xbox-specific peripherals to players, though when support does arrive, it’ll be for most wired and wireless keyboards and mice.
More information on the Razer partnership and keyboard and mouse support is expected to arrive during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox live stream on November 10.