Yep, You Can Play A Handful Of Xbox One Games With Mouse And Keyboard Now

I love the placement of the mouse and keyboard in this official shot. This person’s eyes are f***ed.
I love the placement of the mouse and keyboard in this official shot. This person’s eyes are f***ed.

Welcome to the age of keyboard and mouse Xbox One gaming. As of yesterday’s update, players can, should they wish, play several games without having to resort to some plebeian console controller. If you couldn’t stand Warframe, Fortnite or War Thunder without a pointer and keys, now is your time.

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Those are just three of the seven games slated to get keyboard and mouse support on the Xbox One this month. Players of Vermintide 2, Strange Brigade, Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic and X-Morph Defense will also be getting mouse and board support on Xbox One this month via updates, while Children of Morta, DayZ, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface, and Wargroove are slated for support in the near future. That’s a total of 14 games, with more probably on the way. It all depends on whether or not the game developers want to add it.

I misunderstood the news when it was announced at XO18, expecting all seven of the November games to have keyboard and mouse support when the November Update hit this week. I loaded up Strange Brigade, a game I keep attempting to love, only to find it still only supported the game pad. Soon, brave adventurers, soon.

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Warframe, however, worked like a charm. The initial launch was all about that game pad, but once I was in the game proper I was clicking and clacking away. I didn’t notice any lag from my keyboard, though I did have to adjust my mouse speed in console settings to make my fancy pink Razer mouse feel good.

Look kids, key bindings!
Look kids, key bindings!

Eventually it felt just like I was playing on the PC. Considering my PC is right next to where my Xbox One is hooked up, and that PC is where I normally play Warframe with an Xbox One controller, it also felt sort of awkward, like I was betraying someone.

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But hey, a new feature is a new feature, and some developers seem keen on making sure their games stay fair and balanced for everyone. For example, Fortnite matchmaking separates game pad players from keyboard and mouse players, so the people who feel they need a keyboard and mouse on their game console don’t annoy everyone else. So thoughtful, Epic.

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Truth be told, I’ve been using a keyboard on my Xbox One for years. I keep one hooked up to enter codes or passwords. Sometimes I used the WASD and TAB keys to navigate the console’s graphical user interface. But when it comes time to play games, the game pad is just fine.

Now, if they ported Microsoft Office to Xbox One, that’d be another story.

Kotaku elder, lover of video games, keyboards, toys, snacks, and other unsavory things.

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Microsoft seems to be pushing hard for the PC crowd using them for the living room, or at all. I suppose it’s working. I bought an Xbox One X for its UHD capabilities and then to replay classic Xbox games at PC quality level of emulation. (better AA, resolution, filtering). Play anywhere helped a bit for me, too. So I have the most Xbox titles I ever have had before. Of course, the bulk are 360/OGX but still. I’ll buy an X enhanced title if it has a shitty publisher on PC (hi EA/Ubisoft!) and isn’t a shooter (fine....EA...) and the game looks nearly as good. I also now have the complete Forza series, gears of war, etc. thanks to the interbreeding. Avoided them up until now since Xbox was never my main choice before and I only had a 360 until it RROD and still had blade menus.

Otherwise, I’d have never bothered with Xbox this generation, either. Sony barely crapped out enough exclusives for me to even bother with them. Nintendo is Nintendo. For some reason their brand of gaming is like crack. I can only stay away one generation, max.

I’m not sure I’ll bother with another Xbox for the next generation but I’ll enjoy watching them try. Beats Sony’s historically inept effort with the PS4 (Vita has more exclusives, or did when I last checked a few months ago)