Mouse and keyboard coming to Xbox One! Is it fair for the players?

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Microsoft hit the Xbox world by storm when confirmed that keyboard and mouse support is indeed coming to Xbox One. That’s a revolutionary move, which will make the Xbox One the first Microsoft’s console that supports such thing.

At first look, players’ reception of this news is mixed. Some are excited to try the whole new gaming experience that keyboard and mouse support will bring. While others think having keyboard and mouse on Xbox is simply not fair. And why it’s not fair? Well, that what we’re going to discuss here.

Why keyboard and mouse on Xbox One are not fair for some players?

The moment Xbox Platform CVP Mike Ybarra confirmed keyboard and mouse are coming to Xbox One, a huge discussion spread all over the internet, with players debating whether keyboard and mouse are good for everyone or not. 

So, what’s exactly going on? Namely, players of FPS games are unsatisfied, because they think mouse and keyboard will give a significant advantage over the regular controller to other players. Which, objectively speaking, is true. No matter how skilled with the controller you are, it’s always easier with mouse and keyboard.

Some players suggest that some kind of filter that will divide controller and keyboard/mouse players during matchmaking would be the right solution. But since Microsoft gives developers freedom with implementing the keyboard/mouse input, it’s still unclear whether they’ll include such feature or not.

We also cannot say whether it’s even possible to implement ‘the filter’, because we still don’t know how the integration will be done. It doesn’t make sense for Microsoft to dedicate a new port just for keyboard and mouse. Because it would mean the company will have to produce the whole new line of devices, and owners of existing consoles won’t even be able to use keyboard and mouse.

Will Microsoft provide a way for developers to spoof a mouse and keyboard to make the console think it’s a controller? It remains to be seen… Of course, it makes developing ‘the filter’ even harder. 

On the other hand, there are also people who say that if everyone has the ability to use mouse/keyboard, then there’s nothing unfair about that. Which brings us to the next point. Console players are used to using a controller, and they don’t want to be forced to change their habits simply to stay competitive in an online FPS match.

 

At the end of the day, these are just first impressions and opinions. As we stated earlier in the article, we don’t know how the implementation will be done, so we can only guess and talk about what users actually want. We’ll see any of these statements will be covered when Microsoft gives us more details bringing mouse and keyboard to the Xbox One.

What do you think about all of this? Is it unfair after all? Let us know in the comments below. 

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