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KBM support coming to Xbox
Posted: Posted September 26th, 2018
Edited September 26th, 2018 by Vandy
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With this new input support at the platform level, developers can now build mouse and keyboard support in their games if and how they choose. It’s important to note that mouse and keyboard support for games is added on a title-by-title basis, entirely at developers’ discretion. For all other titles, nothing changes. Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games. 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. Warframe will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input when the feature arrives to Insider in the coming weeks.

While most wired or wireless USB keyboards and mice will work on Xbox One, we know access to best-in-class hardware is a must. That’s why we’re partnering with a premiere peripheral manufacturer in the gaming hardware space – Razer – to bring you the best possible mouse and keyboard experience for this new functionality. We’ll have more to share soon on this partnership, but for now check out Razer’s website and our Xbox Twitter and Facebook pages for a sneak peek.

We’ve been working closely with studios of all sizes to ensure mouse and keyboard experiences on console are fun, fair and correctly balanced, and look forward to introducing more games with support for mouse and keyboard input in the future. Tune into the November 10 edition of Inside Xbox for more details about additional titles supporting mouse and keyboard, and to learn more about our partnership with Razer.

Phil talks about it here at the 5 minute mark:

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Great, so basically every person who likes playing first person shooters competitively with a controller is screwed.

Posted September 26th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
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I killed Mufasa
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I'm okay with this as long as nothing is forced. Developers have full control here so it seems good to me. I'm actually excited because certain games like Halo Wars would be so much better with KBM. Also wouldn't mind trying out PUBG and Sea of Thieves with KBM.

EDIT: IKM did you read? It is up to developers how this is used. I very much doubt that FPS matchmaking will be mixed with KBM and controller users.

Edited September 26th, 2018 by Vandy
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Halo Wars would definitely be more fun with a mouse, I will concede that.

Edit: I did read it afterwords yes. I remain skeptical but at least it probably won't affect many current games. Any shooter with KBM as it's main set up is one I can't play.

Edited September 26th, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
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I'm actually excited because certain games like Halo Wars would be so much better with KBM.

I think this is the key thing to take away. Regardless of how it affects existing games (if developers even apply it) this opens up genres that were previously fairly difficult to pull off on console. The more complex strategy games in particular.

I know Stellaris was (a month ago) announced to be getting a console port, and while they are apparently creating gamepad controls I very much expect they will include KBM on Xbone and suggest it as the better way to play. I certainly couldn't imagine trying to play it with a gamepad lol.

Posted September 26th, 2018 by Moonray
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