Xbox announce X018 event PLUS Mouse and Keyboard support

On this morning’s Inside Xbox episode, Phil Spencer announced X018, a global celebration of all things Xbox filled with news, first looks, and surprises. Hosted on Saturday, November 10 at the fourth-annual Xbox FanFest: Mexico City, more than 10,000 fans will join Xbox on site – but you don’t have to travel to Mexico to be part of X018! Xbox will livestream all the X018 action on their biggest Inside Xbox episode yet so fans all around the world can participate online. Whether you’ve been with Xbox for years, months, weeks, or you’re still considering joining the global community, this is a moment where all fans come together. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 10, and tune into Mixer throughout the weekend of November 10-11 for additional X018 news.

Xbox also announced Mouse and Keyboard support for game developers. It’s not as bad as it sounds, and don’t worry, game balance will be carefully considered with it’s implementation. Read on for more information from Xbox.

Xbox, are committed to bringing gamers more choice in what they play, who they play with and how they play. They’re also equally committed to providing developers with the best platform to create and deliver the best gaming experience on Xbox. Today Xbox announced a new way to play games on Xbox by enabling mouse and keyboard support on Xbox One for select Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks.

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. For all other titles, nothing changes. Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games. Each development team knows their titles best and we support them in creating the right experience for their games as they see fit, to ensure an optimal and fair gaming experience. Warframe will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input when the feature arrives to Insider in the coming weeks.

While most wired or wireless USB keyboards and mice will work on Xbox One, they know access to best-in-class hardware is a must. That’s why Xbox are partnering with a premiere peripheral manufacturer in the gaming hardware space – Razer – to bring gamers the best possible mouse and keyboard experience for this new functionality. They’ll have more to share soon on this partnership, but for now check out Razer’s website and the Xbox Twitter and Facebook pages for a sneak peek.

Xbox have been working closely with studios of all sizes to ensure mouse and keyboard experiences on console are fun, fair and correctly balanced, and look forward to introducing more games with support for mouse and keyboard input in the future. Tune into the November 10 edition of Inside Xbox for more details about additional titles supporting mouse and keyboard, and to learn more about our partnership with Razer.

Features like mouse and keyboard support come to life with the right fan feedback. So, as always, please share feedback with Xbox and with your favorite developers to ensure they’re getting this right. If you’d like to test out this experience on Xbox, you can join the Xbox Insider program. For more on the latest news from Xbox, stay tuned to Xbox Wire.

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