Following a report from two months ago, Microsoft has made it official that the Xbox One is about to receive the much-awaited mouse and keyboard support.
In an announcement earlier today, the company explained that there will be no global update to enable the desktop peripherals. What will happen is that developers must take responsibility for their own games.
If there is indeed a demand from the player-base, developers can patch their games on a case-by-case basis or include the peripherals by default in their future projects. However, there will be no massive update from Microsoft to enable mouse and keyboard support for all existing games on the Xbox One.
“It’s important to note that mouse and keyboard support for games is added on a title-by-title basis, entirely at developers’ discretion,” states Microsoft. “For all other titles, nothing changes.”
Warframe is one of the first games on the Xbox One that has been confirmed to receive a patch from Digital Extremes in the coming weeks. Other popular games, particularly in the multiplayer genre, are expected to follow suit as well. Suffice to say, the Xbox One will be primed and ready by fall to open up new ways to play.
Microsoft has also revealed that it is indeed partnering with Razer to bring a brand new lineup of peripherals for its current-generation console. The profound gaming hardware manufacturer has already started teasing its upcoming wares, which probably includes the whole set — mouse, keyboard, and headphones.
Opening doors to official mouse and keyboard support will serve as a massive turning point for Microsoft. For the first time ever, players will be able to fully enjoy real-time strategy games on the Xbox One. In addition, first-person shooters will allow players to match opponents on PC on equal terms. There is also the potential cross-play functionality, as well as new genres, to consider for the platform.
If this works out and it should, Sony will be forced to consider adding support for the peripherals as well because this will only become a deciding factor when it comes to purchasing a console in the market.
It should be noted that the ability to connect peripherals, besides the standard controllers, has existed on consoles for a long time through unofficial third-party gadgets. These are designed to fool the system into believing that the connected peripherals are actually controllers. This era of foolery comes to end this year, at least in the case of the Xbox One.
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