But Microsoft Worried About The "Religious Debate"
The Xbox One may support third-party mice and keyboards post-launch, but likely only on a game-by-game basis. According to Microsoft PR man Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, introducing mice to an unsuspecting controller-centric ecosystem could be utterly devastating, and spark a "religious debate" that they neither want or need right now.
"We'll certainly have this great SDK for developers to do what they like," Hryb told Newsegg Arcade, when asked about the possibility of mouse and keyboard support. "If that's something [third parties are] interested in doing, we'll certainly help them do that. Certainly it's possible, but we don't have anything to announce at this time."
What this boils down to, by the looks of things, is that developers can choose whether or not to support third-party mice and keyboards depending on whether they think it's appropriate. This can be a thorny issue because, as several Dealspwn regulars have already pointed out, precise mouse/keyboard controls tend to provide an unfair competitive edge against regular controllers, and could spark bitter arguments that Microsoft are keen to avoid.
"We kind of have this concept of when you're playing a PC game you're leaning forward," Hryb continued.
"With an Xbox game, sometimes you lean back. You're just kinda having fun. And I don't want to incite the religious debate that will ensue, because I'm very aware. We want to provide a gaming experience that people enjoy, certainly with Windows-that's our other large gaming platform at Microsoft."
Would you be interested in mouse/keyboard support for Xbox One - and how would you see it handled? Personally we feel that more choice is great, but competitive FPS developers need to think very carefully before doing anything too rash...