Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Xbox is Getting Keyboard and Mouse Support

Xbox is Getting Keyboard and Mouse Support

So you'll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon; I can't announce what that is, but soon. We have to be smart about how we do that.

"A lot of people tweet me and say "you can't do this" because of fairness", Ybarra admits.

We don't' have any more details on the whole thing or how customizable the screenshots will be when the feature reaches the Xbox One, but what we do know for sure is that users are excited about it all! In this respect, players will be able to choose whether to play against "keyboard and mouse people" or "controller people" so that any imbalances are kept to the minimum. At PAX this weekend in Seattle, Xbox's Mike Ybarra reaffirmed the company's commitment to making mouse and keyboard control schemes happen on the Xbox One, but stressed that implementation would be left up to developers.

Microsoft is going to coach developers as well as studios to ensure they add the feature, because there is the potential for problems with imbalance to take place.

PC gamers have long enjoyed the competitive advantage that a keyboard and mouse afford.

Minecraft's latest "Better Together" update beta already has some basic keyboard and mouse input support, but this seems to refer to plans for greater platform-wide support on Xbox in general. If there is a mouse then gamer can turn very rapidly without compromising on aim, whereas on controller the joystick is to placed on a horizontal position and to be moved very speed, but the gamer might lose aim target accuracy in this process. The Microsoft speaker gave the example of competitive games specifically by saying that players would likely appreciate the chance to have a choice between using a controller or the new option, a decision that they hope to keep in players' hands.

Will you be grabbing a new TV to go with your Xbox One X? Absolutely. But we've got a massive scale to deal with, but we're going to get there.

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