Microsoft Says That Full Mouse and Keyboard Support for Xbox One Is Finally Coming Soon

Xbox One devices on display at E3 2017 in Los Angeles.
Photo: Casey Rodgers/Invision for Microsoft (AP)

Microsoft has claimed that the Xbox One would be getting full, official mouse and keyboard support since June 2016, though the feature has long remained ephemeral beyond unsupported third-party workarounds. According to a company blog post on Tuesday, though, they are actually doing it this time and a preliminary version of the feature will available “for select Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks.”

There’s somewhat of a catch, though: The feature is entirely opt-in for game developers. That means whether or not you’ll officially be able to play a specific game on mouse and keyboard on Xbox One depends on the whims of the company that made it. Microsoft wrote:

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.

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