Xbox One keyboard and mouse support is still on the way


"Samsung's QLED 4K TV is our favorite way to play Xbox One X, and we're thrilled to join forces with Samsung in the deliver immersive 4K gaming experiences to our fans".

Speaking at PAX West, Xbox CVP Mike Ybarra said the feature would be implemented in a way that avoided balance issues in multiplayer. Some cross-platform games, particularly tied in with Microsoft's Play Anywhere initiative, already face off keyboard and mouse users against those using controllers. Do you want to see mouse and keyboard support on Xbox?

For this reason, Microsoft would prefer that developers offer gamers the choice to play with opponents using the same controllers as them, thus erasing potential disadvantages.

Microsoft already pits controller players versus keyboard and mouse players in Gears of War 4 via cross-platform play, but keyboard and mouse players are now restricted to PC.

Minecrafts "Better together" beta already support mouse and key board inputs to some extent liable to Universal windows platform (UWP) API s that is accessable to all Windows 10 devices. A lot of people tweet me and say 'you can't do this because of fairness, ' and we understand that. The special edition has been sold out but the next shipment of the standard edition is going to come soon so stay tuned for that.

They'll have to think fast, as it sounds like keyboard and mouse support is coming to Xbox One very soon.

"So, you'll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon, I can't announce what that is, but soon". Whether it's some additional work developers will want to put in is one thing, but Microsoft will need to really make sure that these two drastically different ways to play won't interfere with fair online competition.

Microsoft is going to coach developers as well as studios to ensure they add the feature, because there is the potential for problems with imbalance to take place.