One of the biggest debates I’ve seen among gamers time and again is which control option is better: a standard gamepad or a keyboard & mouse combo. On PC you have the option to pick, choose and refuse a variety of different control options, whereas consoles are typically limited to just their own gamepads/controllers (and ones from their predecessors in some cases). But, that looks like it’s going to change for the Xbox One.
Microsoft Poland recently posted a press release on its website which details new keyboard & mouse support for the Xbox One family systems being made available after a recent update. This has to with the Xbox One using a customized version of Windows 10 (Xbox consoles have always used Windows as their OS). This update has also added support for third-party webcams for video calls and livestreaming (via the new Mixer service) after the demise of the Kinect.
Now, the addition of webcam support is something that the Xbox team as a whole has detailed before, but keyboard & mouse support hasn’t really been mentioned much prior to now. Since this press release is only on the Microsoft Poland site so far, it could be that this news was let loose a bit early. With that said, an announcement from Microsoft’s other branches including the USA HQ and Team Xbox should be coming soon.
Using a keyboard & mouse for certain tasks like Internet browsing and flipping through menus is arguably better than the Xbox One controller. Of course typing with a physical keyboard is definitely a major benefit. Some games like Minecraft also feel more ‘natural’ when using a keyboard & mouse.
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