Microsoft is enabling keyboard and mouse support on the Xbox One. Select Xbox testers will be able to trial this new support in the coming weeks, and Microsoft is teaming up with Razer so Xbox One users can purchase hardware that taps into the company’s Chroma lighting effects. Most wired and wireless USB keyboards and mice will work on the Xbox One, and it will be up to developers to support this in games.
“Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games,” explains Jason Ronald, director of program management for Xbox. Each development team knows their titles best and we support them in creating the right experience for their games as they see fit, to ensure an optimal and fair gaming experience.”
This fair experience of keyboard and mouse vs. Controller will be key for developers to get right in the console world. PC users typically have a movement advantage over players with controllers in games like first-person shooters. Microsoft has been working closely with big and small studios on this new keyboard and mouse support, and it’s now looking for feedback from Xbox testers to perfect this before it’s available later this year.
Microsoft is planning to share more about its Razer partnership during the company’s Inside Xbox stream on November 10th .