Microsoft and Razer Partner Up For an Xbox Mouse and Keyboard
Microsoft appears to be finally working on keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One. The folks over at Windows Central acquired leaked documents from a presentation that Microsoft held for developers that revealed the Microsoft and high-end gaming peripherals company Razer have partnered up to implement keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One, with an initial target window of this past April’s Xbox dev kit update.
The leaked documents revealed that Razer showcased its Razer Turret keyboard and mouse peripheral at the presentation, while also showing how the peripheral’s Chroma RGB lighting could be supported through the Xbox One. It was also revealed that, when keyboard and mouse support does come to the Xbox One, each console would only support having one keyboard and mouse connected at a time. Here is a list of what appears to be the upcoming supported features coming to the Xbox One:
- Support for up to 5 buttons
- Support for wheel movement (horizontal and vertical)
- Ability to query for mouse capabilities
- Ability to report absolute pointer location
- Ability to report relative pointer movement
- Ability to set cursor glyph and visibility
- New API for polling the above data
In addition to the above features, Microsoft detailed some of the game balance and multiplayer points for the developers at the presentation:
- Multiplayer balance is completely up to the title
- Presence of keyboard/mouse can be queried
- Keyboard/mouse vs gamepad usage should be monitored throughout gameplay
- Highly suggested that usage of mouse/keyboard be used as part of matchmaking rules
With Microsoft laying out the ground rules for developers, it is only a matter of time before true keyboard and mouse support arrives for the Xbox One. Hopefully presentations held like the one earlier this year will get hardware developers moving on creating quality peripherals for the console. In the meantime, Razer will likely have early peripheral options once support is finally implemented.
So, thoughts on the upcoming keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One? Which gaming peripheral company would you purchase said peripherals from for your console? Let us know in the comments section below, and as always, stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers for all the latest gaming and entertainment news! Don’t forget to follow DFTG on Twitter for our 24/7 news feed!
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