One of the most asked for features by Xbox users is finally arriving on Xbox One and Xbox One X consoles. For a long time Xbox players wanted the option to connect keyboard and mouse with their console and it looks like their wish is about to come true. Microsoft has committed to offering support for external controls other than the default Xbox joystick for its gaming console for quite some time now, but so far they have not been able to deliver on that promise. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has made repeated claims that the company is about to figure out how this feature can be incorporated with the latest Xbox One series of consoles.
Ybarra announced during the Xbox panel in PAX West 2017 that Microsoft is well aware of the request from many Xbox enthusiasts who have been clamoring for keyboard and mouse support. There have been many reasons highlighted in support of separate external controller option; Xbox controller’s batteries run out of juice during the playing session or it gets damaged and stops working, or PC users who are used to keyboard and mouse might find using joystick a bit uncomfortable, or whatever the reason may be, that’s why having an additional option to play games on Xbox One & Xbox One X is really useful.
Ybarra also said that the titles with support for these accessories are going to be made public soon. He adds, “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.” Ybarra went on to say that the company is handling the Xbox and the Windows platforms at the moment, which is the reason behind the delay because keyboard and mouse control option has to be added and streamlined on both Windows PC and Xbox One games.
Once the feature comes along on Xbox One and One X, the company will work with developers to encourage them to add the option in their games. This lets players to choose whether they want to play with controller or keyboard and mouse. They can adjust it from settings.
Ybarra further added, “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!”
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This will make it easy to play those games that have cross-platform compatibility such as Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Xbox players will also be able to decide whether they want to play with PC users with keyboard and mouse. So, what are your thoughts? Share in the comments section below.