​Xbox One To Welcome Mouse And Keyboard Support, Razer Partnership

Xbox One users will soon be able to enjoy games using a mouse and keyboard, rather than the standard Xbox controller.

This news was announced by Microsoft, who are "committed to bringing gamers more choice in what they play, who they play with and how they play," in a news post yesterday.

Now, this doesn't mean mouse and keyboard support will be welcomed to every current and upcoming game. Instead, the update will allow developers to decide whether their title should include it or not.

Credit: Microsoft
Credit: Microsoft

When support rolls out, devs can choose to patch the update into games already released or ones in development - so that game you've been playing, thinking it would be better with computer controls, might soon welcome the new tech.

"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."

Digital Extremes' Warframe will be the first Xbox title allowing players to try the new support. Warframe initially launched for the PC platform and later ported for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch consoles, so it's probably the perfect trial game.

Microsoft also revealed their partnership with hardware giants Razer, which will "bring you the best possible mouse and keyboard experience for this new functionality." They say most wired/wireless USB mouse and keyboard will work with Xbox consoles, but if you want the best gear then you might want to check out this upcoming collaboration.

Sound like something you've been waiting for? Well, make sure signed up to the Xbox Insiders programme. Select Insiders will be invited to test mouse and keyboard play "in the coming weeks," so keep your inbox open to see if you've been chosen.

More details regarding additional titles supporting mouse and keyboard and the partnership with Razer will be revealed during a special Inside Xbox episode on 10 November to celebrate X018 Fan Event.

Credit: Inside Xbox
Credit: Inside Xbox

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Featured Image Credit: Microsoft/Razer

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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