Xbox One Gets Keyboard And Mouse Support In A Few Weeks

The Xbox One has moved to implement mouse and keyboard support on a system level, but in a concession to concerned fans the support can only be enabled on a game-by-game basis.

Microsoft announced the news through a post on the Xbox Wire, saying that platform level support for mouse and keyboard will be added to the Insider branch of Xbox One builds — basically the beta version — within the coming weeks.

The new functionality will be disabled by default, however, meaning that developers will have to actively enable and decide how they want mouse and keyboard support to be implemented. "It’s important to note that mouse and keyboard support for games is added on a title-by-title basis, entirely at developers’ discretion. For all other titles, nothing changes," Microsoft wrote.

One of the first titles to begin testing the functionality will be Warframe. Xbox corporate vice-president Mike Ybarra also noted that developers would have free reign to establish matchmaking pools based on inputs, if they so choose.

The platform level support, however, will do little to qualm anecdotal complaints about players already using mouse and keyboard in multiplayer games through third-party accessories.

Any Xbox users that want to trial the new support as soon as it rolls out can do so by joining the Xbox Insider ring. Details on how to do that can be found here.


    I'm interested to see the dynamic change in FPS online titles.
    I already get smashed enough as it is with the whipper snappers and their agile thumb control

    "One of the first titles to begin testing the functionality will be Warframe"

    Isn't it Crytek's Warface?

      No, it literally says Warframe: "Warframe will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input when the feature arrives to Insider in the coming weeks."

    Would be nice for the occasional Halo sojourn, considering I don't play multiplayer, and currently use a XIM to do so.

    I wish Sony would do this.

    I have always been a PC player until two years ago, when a generous wife bought me a PS4 for Xmas. The advancement of tablets and smartphones means I actually need a PC less and less, but still, although I love my PS4 for games like AC Origins and Diablo3, I just can't get used to a controller for FPS gaming. So I use my PC for Far Cry games or Destiny 2 etc etc.

    Now my PC is showing signs of age, and it's time to upgrade. And given it will end up costing me a grand or so to make it half decent, that means I won't be getting a PS4 Pro and likely my games will all end up purchased through Steam and my PS4 will gather dust.

    If console manufacturers made K & M an option for all games (except multiplayer components which would need to be sorted out so all gamers were on a level playing field) a reasonable proportion of PC players like myself would switch entirely to console.

    (And yes, I know there are 'options' like XIM but I understand they can be fiddly to set up and don't quite have the 'feel' of a true K & M set up).

    An interesting turn of events.

    Will games disable aim assist for K&M players?

    Will K&M users move their xbox to a desk?

    Will playing consoles on a couch come to be looked down upon?

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