Youll soon be able to use a mouse and keyboard in Xbox games that support it, as Microsoft partner with Razer.
There are many fundamental differences between a console and a PC but one of the most obvious, from a gaming perspective, is that the primary controller on a PC is the mouse and keyboard.
Although its common for PC gamers to use a console style controller many dont, preferring the greater accuracy and precision of a mouse and keyboard – especially for shooters.
Many consoles, going back to at least the SNES, have offered the option for a mouse but the idea has never caught. Although that could all be set to change on Xbox One.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer made the announcement as part of last nights Inside Xbox episode, during which he also announced the X018 preview event in Mexico City.
However, he clarified that support would not be added automatically to every game but that developers would have to add the option separately.
This is also to prevent mouse and keyboard users from having an unfair advantage, with developers expected to use matchmaking to ensure separate matches.
According to Spencer one of the main reasons for adding the option is to encourage genres, such as real-time strategies, that do not work well without a mouse.
Although the first game to gain mouse and keyboard support will be the preview version of free-to-play online shooter Warframe in October.
Any modern keyboard or mouse should work with the Xbox One, but Microsoft will also be producing their own official accessory in conjunction with Razer.
The short clip below shows a glimpse of the accessory, which seems to be a lapboard that allows you to use both a mouse and keyboard when just sitting on the sofa.
More details, including supports for other games is expected at the X018 event – wed expect a version of the Microsoft-owned Age Of Empires at the very least, plus support, or perhaps even a new sequel, to Halo Wars 2.