Xbox supporting keyboard and mouse has been in rumors for so long and it almost started to look like fake but recently leaked documents show that the rumor was actually telling the truth. It has been confirmed from the leaked presentation that Microsoft has been working with the gaming accessory maker Razer on full keyboard and mouse support for Xbox One console.
Earlier this year Microsoft was consulting with developers about their plan to make keyboards and mouse which will support Xbox console. The Razer team was present at the said presentation where Redmond presented the sofa-friendly Razer Turret keyboard and mouse peripheral in partnership with Razer.
The presentation was intended for the game development team to explain how the duo would “create the ultimate keyboard and mouse solution for Xbox One.” It is for sure Xbox One keyboard and mouse support would blur lines between PC and console gaming. It might as well introduce Xbox to a far larger array of games, as you can’t experience Age Of Empires on a controller.
At the presentation, Razor showed how their Turret keyboard could “put the power of desktop grade gaming peripherals right in your lap as you play your favourite game titles on the couch.”
The report says the companies explained how the Chroma RGB lighting tech could be adapted to support Xbox One gaming experiences. This lighting could be useful when playing games like Overwatch, as on PC the lights can offer visual indications that character abilities are ‘cooling off’.
Microsoft and Razer are working on Xbox keyboard and mouse support
In terms of the mouse support, the presentation suggests it’ll offer support for up to 5 buttons, wheel movement, pointer location and much more. All mice supported by Windows would also be usable on the Xbox One, the documents say.
The support set to roll out in the Xbox One fall update. However, that could still be subject to change.
The addition would likely be welcomed by Xbox One gamers who prefer to smash keys rather than buttons. However, there’s a chance this could affect multiplayer experiences. In the presentation, Microsoft says this game balance would be completely up to developers.
The company also says keyboard/mouse vs gamepad usage should be monitored throughout gameplay, while it is highly suggested that mouse/keyboard users be matched up together.
Would you prefer to play Xbox One games with a keyboard and mouse rather than a gamepad? Do you think new matchmaking rules will be required?