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Microsoft Details Mouse and Keyboard Support on Xbox One

Microsoft Details Mouse and Keyboard Support on Xbox One”

Xbox One X is undoubtedly going to be a beast of a console and just may have an edge over its counterpart the PS4 pro. Players are adept at both functions and Microsoft will also base their development on player comments and input.

The Xbox One X is available on November 7th, however if you're looking to pre-order it, they are sold out.

So if the Xbox One X does indeed go on to overtake the PS4 Pro, then Microsoft will have done quite well.

Speaking at a PAX panel this weekend, it was confirmed by Xbox/Windows gaming VP Mike Ybarra that support for keyboard and mouse is on its way to Xbox One. When an audience member asked about keyboard and mouse support, Ybarra said it is in the works but will ultimately be up to the developers. Gears of War 4, for instance, supports cross-play between PC and Xbox One, so the "gamepad vs. keyboard and mouse" dynamic is already there. "As with PSVR, and I suppose in forecasting these things we haven't done a very good job, the product is in desperately short supply. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice", Ybarra said. Not in terms of drivers and functionality, the Xbox One runs a version of Windows 10 after all, but in the implication.

Microsoft will "coach" developers and studios to make sure they add the feature responsibly - because there's a potential for imbalance problems to occur. In competitive games such as Overwatch, console players rightly find it unfair of having to play against opponents spoofing their consoles for mouse-and-keyboard support. That's because players using a keyboard and mouse enjoy a clear advantage over those using a controller in specific types of game, most notably first-person shooters. The PC crowd has for always been able to use controllers through simply plug-and-play.



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