If you always wanted to test your mettle in console games using a mouse and keyboard, you’re about to get your wish — sort of! Microsoft has announced that it’s rolling out mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One!
Now, before anyone gets too excited, note that this is for Xbox Insiders only for now, and this won’t be available for every game that comes out for the Xbox One, but rather, it’ll be on a title-by-title basis, and as Microsoft puts it, it will be up to developers if they want to implement it or not. The good news here is, Microsoft has mentioned that most wired or wireless USB keyboards and mice will work with the Xbox One. What’s more, Microsoft is partnering with peripheral maker Razer to bring “the best possible mouse and keyboard experience” to the Xbox One.
With this new input support at the platform level, developers can now build mouse and keyboard support in their games if and how they choose. 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. Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games. Each development team knows their titles best and we support them in creating the right experience for their games as they see fit, to ensure an optimal and fair gaming experience. Warframe will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input when the feature arrives to Insider in the coming weeks.
Hopefully, if and when this feature becomes available, Microsoft or game developers find a way to separate the control pad users from the KB/M players. This should also shut down those players who use third-party peripherals to “cheat” their way into using kb/m controls on console — at least one can hope.