For a long while now people have been talking about the possibility of using a keyboard and mouse on the Xbox One, bringing the experience even closer to that of the PC experience. For almost as long as fans have been talking about this Microsoft have been saying that they are working on it. Well apparently we’re getting closer than ever to this been a reality.
There are several issues with bringing a keyboard and mouse to the Xbox however. One of the main concern is with balancing as there is an obvious advantage in regards to accuracy for players using a keyboard and mouse over those who use a controller.
The corporate vice president of Microsoft’s gaming division Mike Ybarra has been talking about these issues, “Keyboard and mouse support is definitely coming. We have to be very smart in how we do that. We’ll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say “you can’t do this because of fairness,” and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Xbox platform, and the Windows platform”
One of the solutions that the company has put forward is that they will talk with developers and instill a series of best practices.e could include such things as allowing players to choose who they play against so that you will have separate lobbies for those using a controller and those using a keyboard and mouse.
“And so, when we bring keyboard and mouse, we’ll coach developers and say “look, you’ve got to think about your multiplayer pools, if you have a competitive game, people are probably going to want the choice to say I’ll play with other keyboard and mouse people or I’ll play only with controller people, or that I’ll play with any of those. So you’ll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon, I can’t announce what that is, but soon. And based on developer interest, they’ll choose to do keyboard and mouse, or not!”
So it looks as if there are some exciting times ahead and we will have to wait and see how this type of innovation will change the way that we play games. What do you think, will you be swapping your controller for a keyboard and mouse?