Xbox One could get mouse and keyboard support

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Many PC gamers want to play some of the incredible exclusive you’ll find on consoles – but there’s one thing holding them back. They’re so tied to an archaic control system – the venerable keyboard and mouse – and just unable and unwilling to adapt to new things.  In the future, the Xbox One could support those input devices intended for office work.

Speaking in an interview with online retailer Newegg (via Videogamer), Xbox Live’s Major Nelson said Microsoft would add support for keyboards and mice if that’s what  developers wanted.

“We’ll certainly have this great SDK for developers to do what they like,” he said. “If that’s something they’re interested in doing, we’ll certainly help them do that. Certainly it’s possible, but we don’t have anything to announce at this time.”

So it’s probably not happening, though it could. Mostly, the Major believes that console and Pc gaming are disparate things.

“We kind of have this concept of when you’re playing a PC game you’re leaning forward,” Hryb said. “With an Xbox game, sometimes you lean back. You’re just kinda having fun. And I don’t want to incite the religious debate that will ensue, because I’m very aware. We want to provide a gaming experience that people enjoy, certainly with Windows–that’s our other large gaming platform at Microsoft.

“So there’s something there, but right now we’re really focused on really the console space.”

Of course, support for something doesn’t mean it’ll be used. The PS3 had support for Keyboard and Mouse in games, and it was used in just one game that I can remember. It creates too much disparity between players, because yes, the mouse is a far more accurate input device when it comes to shooting things in the head.

So, PC gamers. Would you consider an Xbox One if it let you use your weapons of choice?

Last Updated: October 9, 2013

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