Microsoft has just revealed that it is working on bringing mouse and keyboard support to its Xbox One. This was not a formal standalone announcement and instead executive vice president of gaming for the company, Phil Spencer made the announcement in the Inside Xbox episode for September 25, 2018. The company added that the first game to receive this support will be “long-running free-to-play MMO” Warframe. The support will arrive in October through the Xbox Insider Program. Phil maintained that this support will not be available for all the Xbox games as the gaming console is meant for different experiences than the regular laptop or personal computer.
To clarify, it will depend on the game developer rather than a universal requirement about supporting keyboard and mouse in the game. According to a report by Polygon, Spencer added that this support will really act as a tool for the game developers as “There are certain games out there that require mouse and keyboard”. The company is hoping that developers will take this tool to create more comprehensive gaming experiences that are not limited to the gaming controller. The report pointed out that “existing USB-compatible” keyboards and mice will work with Xbox One without any problem.
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Spencer announced that Microsoft is also working with Razer for a custom mouse and keyboard set. There are no additional details about when the set will be launched or the price for the same. Though, Microsoft confirmed that it will share more details about the same at X018 trade show in November.
Right after the episode, Microsoft made an official announcement on its Xbox website. The company stated that it will share more details about other gaming titles that will support mouse and keyboard along with its partnership with Razer in the November 10 episode of Inside Xbox.