Xbox One Supports Mouse and Keyboard

Xbox One Supports Mouse and Keyboard
Console gamers will soon be able to compete with PC users on level terms.

(CCM) — Microsoft is enabling support for USB keyboard and mouse inputs on its Xbox One games console so that console gamers can compete more equally with those playing on a PC, the company has announced.

PC users often have an advantage over console gamers using controllers in many games such as first-person shooters, and the move is designed to level the playing field between the two platforms as well providing console gamers with a choice of input methods.

"Developers can now build mouse and keyboard support in their games if and how they choose," said Jason Ronald, Microsoft's director of program management for Xbox. "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."

The company added that it has formed a partnership with peripheral manufacturer Razer to provide "the best possible mouse and keyboard experience for this new functionality."

Warframe will be the first game that offers keyboard and mouse input, and the functionality will be enabled for members of Microsoft's Insider program in the coming weeks. No date has been given for the general availability of keyboard and mouse support.

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