While we’ve posted on our first look at mouse controls working on the Xbox One, it seems we’ll get to use it in real-world conditions very soon. During a panel at PAX West, Xbox Platform CVP Mike Ybarra talked about Xbox mouse and keyboard support, and what he said was very, very intriguing.
Keyboard and mouse support is definitely coming. We have to be very smart in how we do that. We’ll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say “you can’t do this because of fairness,” and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Xbox platform, and the Windows platform.
And so, when we bring keyboard and mouse, we’ll coach developers and say “look, you’ve got to think about your multiplayer pools, if you have a competitive game, people are probably going to want the choice to say I’ll play with other keyboard and mouse people or I’ll play only with controller people, or that I’ll play with any of those.
So you’ll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon, I can’t announce what that is, but soon. And based on developer interest, they’ll choose to do keyboard and mouse, or not!
You can watch a snippet of Ybarra talking about it in the video below.
Mouse and Keyboard are still coming… pic.twitter.com/jbzcQvAsyS
— Xbox E3 Fans (@XboxE3Fans) September 2, 2017
As we’ve mentioned in our previous report on this, the game Ybarra’s most likely referring to is Minecraft. Of course, that’s but the start, but this will definitely a case where developers will want to step in and maybe separate the playlists as to not frustrate those who grew up gaming on a controller. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. Play or use the controller that you want.