Microsoft is Finally Testing Keyboard and Mouse Support for Xbox One

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox One with 10 Comments

Three weeks after promising that it would do so, Microsoft has finally opened up keyboard and mouse support testing on Xbox One.

“Xbox One Preview Alpha Ring members will begin receiving the first 1811 Xbox One system update,”m Microsoft’s Bradley Rossetti announced. “We are bringing keyboard and mouse support to Xbox One! With this new input support at the platform level, developers can now build mouse and keyboard support in their games if and how they choose. It’s important to note that mouse and keyboard support for games is added on a title-by-title basis, entirely at developers’ discretion.”

That 1811 bit—for November 2018—means that keyboard and mouse support will be coming to Xbox One quickly, and won’t be relegated to the next major update, scheduled for early 2019. So that’s good news. And we also know which title will be the first to get this support: Warframe.

In addition to keyboard and mouse support, the 1811 Xbox One system update will also include improved searching capabilities in the Guide, plus various fixes. And some testers will see what Microsoft calls “experiments,” which are unnamed experimental features “designed to gauge interest and solicit feedback from a more focused group.” In other words, Microsoft still loves its A/B testing.


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