Microsoft and Razer might be working on an Xbox keyboard and mouse partnership

A presentation details some rules and guidance for developers on their implementation of mouse and keyboard support for Xbox. Gamepad support is still a requirement for all titles, and the Xbox can only support one mouse and keyboard per console, unlike gamepads, of which it can support several.

Microsoft also offers some guidance on the impact mouse and keyboard support might have for competitive multiplayer titles. It notes that it's entirely up to developers on how they want to utilize mouse and keyboard support, emphasizing that the presence of mouse and keyboard can be detected, meaning a developer could potentially lock players to specific playlists based on their inputs to preserve balance

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Skull521149d ago

I'm interested to see where this goes. I think as long as controller people have aim assist, and the mouse sensitivity settings are restricted so they aren't capable of doing things someone on a controller can't (like flipping 180 degrees in a fraction of a second) it shouldn't be much of an issue on letting them play together.

DarkVoyager149d ago (Edited 149d ago )

I think they should just separate KB&M and controller players. Problem solved.

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Skull521149d ago

Starcraft II on console? Yes please.

ImGumbyDammit149d ago (Edited 149d ago )

That is part of the plan and supposedly will be built into the APIs. But, it will be up to developers to do so. Which is fine. I rather have not anything forced on developers. Let them do what they think is best. For some games mouse and keyboard have no advantage others for most people it would be a preferred choice not to be a controller user playing with keyboard/mouse players. Hopefully, there will also be a bigger push for cross-play as well because I can see multi-player being quite sparse if (alt lease initially) if a game segregates by hardware and it would make sense to match with PC players on corss-play, under the same hardware usage rules.

Jinger149d ago

With keyboard/ mouse support there is no reason AoE and Gears Tactics can't get a port to Xbox

3-4-5149d ago

What if it's to ship with as an option for next gen.

So day one, there is an alternative control device via the keyboard + Mouse as a gaming option day 1 on the next Xbox.

Like how Switch came with joy-cons but offered Pro Controller day one.

I'd like it as an option as it would mean more PC inspired IPs make there way to the next Xbox.

lokirevamped149d ago

I say just create 3 server rooms.
1) Xbox controller.
2) Mouse and Keyboard.
3) All of the above.

chiefJohn117149d ago

That would divide game population too much. Keep them all together no one is sweating keyboard warriors. If you feel they have an advantage then go get yourself one. Elite controller users have an advantage but I don't see ppl asking to put them in a separate server

lokirevamped149d ago

chiefJohn117, I agree with you 100% but some people like to hear options or at least feel like they have makes them feel better. I play all FPS I own on hardcore which means if they see me first my man is going down anyway. I could care less if the person can spin around faster than I can. It just means I need to slow down more and adapt to their playing style if I do not want to get my player shot. I do like what you said .....if you feel they have an advantage get one.

TheRacingX149d ago

Chiefjohn, sorry but KB/M players have a far bigger advantage than those people that have elite controllers, Ive played FPS using KB/M and a controller and KB/M is faster for accuracy and tracking than a controller, I can say the same logic, if you want to play FPS with KB/M play it on a PC, why should I have to buy an extra accessory to take away someone elses advantage. People want KB/M on console shooters so they can have the advantage, bad enough already with the cheat hacks going through games....blackops 1&2 is pretty much unplayable with all the hacks infecting multiplayer

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blacktiger149d ago

I've heard this million times with different console.
It's not that hard to have mouse and keyboard to support xbox or PS. This is all garbage talk

AcidDvl149d ago

"A presentation details some rules and guidance for developers on their implementation of mouse and keyboard support for Xbox. "

So is this why Microsoft wants cross-play?
So that Xbox users can play against PS4 users using keyboards and mouse vs controllers?!

Lon3wolf149d ago

I would lay off the acid tbh.

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jmetalhead77812149d ago

Yeah, MS executives have the same mentality of a 30 yr old living with his mom... I don’t think the thought of their customer base having a competitive edge over their rival customer base keeps them up at night.

Doge149d ago

Crossplay doesn't work outside of playing with friends, genius.

TheCommentator149d ago


Yes, this is how MS plans to beat Sony... by kicking MP ass in crossplay titles through KB/M support...

saoco149d ago

What if I told you ps4 been having kb&m support?

saoco149d ago

There are very few that do support it. I personally dont care for fortnite, butthat game does support it and it works. The option is there it's just not forced on developers which is cool with me.

Prince_TFK149d ago

What an ignorant way to look at thing.

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bluefox755149d ago (Edited 149d ago )

Can't you just use a regular mouse and keyboard? Isn't that an option? People who play most games at 30fps aren't really buying "high end" keyboards and mice, lol.

ImGumbyDammit149d ago (Edited 149d ago )

Yes, this will not be limited to Razer branded items. It was just a presentation about how the planned API and keyboard/mouse integration will work. I suspect as a partner Razer will be bringing an official licensed gaming keyboard and mouse. But, yes you will be able to use any USB based mouse and keyboard that meet the minimum requirements (see the article e.g. about buttons). I already use a keyboard plugged into my Xbox right now - just not for gaming. It would be just like you do with Windows; Plug and Play.

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