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Xbox/Microsoft Xbox One Is Getting Mouse and Keyboard Support (1 Viewer)

Major Tom
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Today, 15:48
Apr 1, 2018
Xbox One players will soon be able to use a mouse and keyboard with their console to play games that support them.

During last night’s special Inside Xbox episode, head of Xbox Phil Spencer came on stage to talk about some of the company’s plans for the remainder of 2018.

One of the biggest announcements Spencer made was that mouse and keyboard support is finally, officially, coming to Xbox One. Spencer stressed that the intention is not to create an unfair advantage in shooters and other games for players who use mouse and keyboard.

Which is why enabling it will be entirely controlled by game developers. The idea, according to Spencer, is to allow games that traditionally avoid consoles to flourish on Xbox One. Genres like real-time strategy and other complex management sims work best with mouse and keyboard, and adding support for the feature could create a market for them on Xbox One.

With that in mind, he confirmed that players should not expect all games to work with mouse and keyboard when the feature hits, only ones whose developers have decided to enable it.

Mouse and keyboard support will first roll out to Preview members in October. Warframe is the first game to support mouse and keyboard on Xbox One, and it’s the one that’ll be used to test the feature.

As for hardware, Spencer revealed that all existing keyboard and mice peripherals, wired or wireless, will work with Xbox One thanks to the console’s native support of USB HID. But, if you’re looking for an upgrade, Microsoft has partnered with Razer to produce a new accessory, which the latter teased in the tweet below.

Major Tom
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Major Tom

Today, 15:48
Apr 1, 2018
During X018 yesterday, Xbox announced some more information for keyboard and mouse support on the Xbox One. Also announced was a list of titles that support keyboard and mouse controls on the Xbox One. The list of titles that are compatible are:
  • Bomber crew
  • Warface
  • Children of Morta
  • Minion Master
  • DayZ
  • Warframe
  • Strange Brigade
  • Warhammer Vermintide 2
  • Moonlighter
  • Wargroove
  • Vigor
  • Warthunder
  • X Moph Defense
  • Fortnite
On top of that, Razer was announced as the official partner for Keyboard and Mouse Support on the Xbox One. They unveiled that they have been working on a mechanical wireless keyboard and mouse, built from the ground up, specifically designed for the Xbox One. Razer stated that they will have more to unveil at about their newly designed keyboard and mouse at CES in January next year.

Additionally, it was stated that the feature will include Xbox dynamic lighting. The feature will allow dynamic lighting on your keyboard and mouse depending on certain actions that happen in the game. A couple of examples were a red light when taking damage or a light going across your keyboard when healing.

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