Microsoft have said in the past that the Xbox One will get keyboard and mouse support. Xbox director, Mike Ybarra, has stated that this feature is still coming and we may hear about the first titles that will support this feature soon.
This weekend, Ybarra spoke at a PAX West panel stating that keyboard and mouse support is “definitely coming,”. He added that he is aware of the concerns gamers have about this feature as it may lead to some players having the upper hand against people who are using a controller.
The Twitter account, Xbox E3 Fans posted a video from the PAX West panel which can be seen below.
Mouse and Keyboard are still coming… pic.twitter.com/jbzcQvAsyS
— Xbox E3 Fans (@XboxE3Fans) September 2, 2017
Ybarra stated via WindowsCentral that “We have to be very smart in how we do that. We’ll leave it a lot up to developer choice,” he went onto say “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 Windows platform and the Xbox platform.”
Ybarra said that Microsoft will “coach” developers about best practices, he gave an example for games to allow players to filter out who they want to play against, based on controller/keyboard and mouse set up.
He stated “If you have a competitive game, people probably are 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,”. He continued “So you’ll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon; I can’t announce what that is, but soon. And then based on developer interest, they’ll choose to do keyboard and mouse going forward, or not.”