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Xbox One May Get Mouse & Keyboard Support After Launch...

Jonathan Lester
Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One May Get Mouse & Keyboard Support After Launch...

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...

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Late  Oct. 10, 2013 at 13:04

Sounds good so long as it's carefully implemented.

If I'm playing COD I'll be perfectly happy to see three play options:
controller only;
mouse/keyboard only; or
open to all.

I do the vast majority of my gaming whilst slouched/laid on the sofa, but it'd be nice to have the option to use mouse/keyb if I played at a desk/monitor.

DivideByZero  Oct. 10, 2013 at 13:36

I do the vast majority of my gaming whilst slouched/laid on the sofa

Same, but with Mouse and keyboard. Keyboard on my lap, mouse on a bit of wood on the seat next to me. Works really well.

Splitting games up would never work though, you will end up with too few players in one area on most games. Even Black Ops 2 you have to wait to get a game or Hardpoint most of the time. If you split that community in two, there would be no point in even trying some times.

X10  Oct. 10, 2013 at 13:38

"Religious Debate" - Are they liking their console control systems to fictional dieties. Jesus, they really are smoking the Hyrb. (both puns intentional).

I can't see many people that typically make up the console crowd having a console where there is easy access to set up a mouse and keyboard, and I think that's the real debate, not whether it should be allowed or not.

Just because you give the people an optimised control system doesn't mean they have the ergonomic facilities to use it.

Quietus  Oct. 10, 2013 at 13:47

I agree about the splitting of games. If you don't, you'd be opening the flood gates for controller users raging about people 'cheating' with a keyboard and mouse, just because they're so much more accurate (thinking of shooters, of course).

Anarchist  Oct. 10, 2013 at 17:35

I do completely agree with everyone else.

However, I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but with modern autoaim being so over the top strong, it would be possible to balance the general public using either control system.

This obviously would not 100% balance everyone. There are those whatever percentage of pros on mouse/keyboard who would utterly dominate.

Dunno. Give us the option to do mouse/keyboard on TES:6, diablo3, MechWarrior online, whatever else. But FPS is very dodgy territory.

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