Xbox One Keyboard And Mouse Support "Definitely" Still Coming

For a long time now, Microsoft has said the Xbox One will add support for keyboard and mouse...eventually. Now, Xbox director Mike Ybarra has...
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    For a long time now, Microsoft has said the Xbox One will add support for keyboard and mouse...eventually. Now, Xbox director Mike Ybarra has confirmed that this is still coming, and in fact, we might hear about the first supported titles quite soon. Speaking at a PAX West panel this weekend, Ybarra said keyboard and mouse support is "definitely coming," adding that he's aware of the concerns people have about keyboard and mouse users having the upper hand against people using a controller.

    "We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice," Ybarra said (via WindowsCentral). "A lot of people tweet me and say, 'You can't do this because of fairness,' and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Windows platform and the Xbox platform."

    When keyboard and mouse support is added to Xbox, Ybarra said Microsoft will "coach" developers about best practices. One example he provided is for a game to allow players to decide who they want to play against based on controller/keyboard and mouse setup.

    "If you have a competitive game, people probably are 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," he said. "So you'll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon; I can't announce what that is, but soon. And then based on developer interest, they'll choose to do keyboard and mouse going forward, or not."

    Microsoft's Gears of War 4 supports cross-play between Xbox One and PC, so the company is already testing the waters with controller versus keyboard and mouse setup. Xbox One players can choose whether or not they want to play with PC users.

    Would you like to see keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below!

    Source: GameSpot

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  1. FrazzleFrazer
    Before I dropped a massive amount of cash on getting an awesome PC, I was dead set against KB&M on consoles just because part of buying a console is a completely level playing field as everyone is using the same stuff.

    But these days people are using 3rd party tools like the XIM to gain an unfair advantage, so supporting KB&M is the perfect counter for that, you can pick up KB&Ms cheaper than the price of a controller and it will make cross-play a lot more competitive.

    Lots of people might choose to spend their cash on a xbox one X and a KB&M at most like 600quid over spending 1000s on a PC.
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    1. AlienFreek01
      I agree. So many people are starting to use a xim and it is taking the "level play field" advantage of console away. One of the biggest reasons they should add support IMO.
  2. Razor sean
    Microsoft are clearly doing a very good job at killing off their console. I don't know which developer had the right mind to come up with this ridiculous idea. All it will do is cause an unfair advantage to those who use a mouse and keyboard. I hope most game developers don't allow people to use KB & Mouse.
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    2. Razor sean
      Let me just start off by saying that your statement about "a lot of people from PC to console" is invalid. Right now there is absolutely no reason for a PC gamer to start playing on XB1, or to even own one. And you know why? Because once again Microsoft made the mistake of making ALL XB1 exclusives available to play on PC. If anything it would mean PC players would be downgrading if they played on console. I've heard about third party accessories which allow console players to use KB/M but they're not very good and I know for sure Cronus has a lot of input lag so people using those accessories would actually be wasting money and also be putting themselves at a disadvantage.
    3. AUsernameTooFar
      You say there is no reason for a pc player to start playing on Xbox one, but I have both a pc and an Xbox one. I use my Xbox one for games that my low end pc cannot run. I would enjoy being able to play new titles with kb&m
    4. AlienFreek01
      Razor sean I personally know quite a few people who are PC players who refuse to play console because they can't stand controllers. A lot of people would sacrifice a bit of performance to play with their friends. And the Xim has been proven to have almost no input lag. Right now you have to pay $125 to use a KB/M, which many view as an advantage. If everyone had the option for no extra cost the "advantage" aspect is gone.