Xbox mouse support could land with the next Insider build

By: George Finley
2 minute read
Xbox mouse support

The next significant Xbox update is set for the upcoming weeks, and mouse support could be included. If you’re not enrolled in the Xbox Insider Program, now it’s the perfect time to do that and be the first to test the upcoming features.

Microsoft rolled out the new Fall Xbox update

The company included a revamped dashboard, 1080p game DVR recording, a new light theme, and other new features. A future Xbox Update will also include new avatars, game gifting, and Xbox backwards compatibility.

Excitingly, future builds for the Alpha Ring on the Xbox Insider Program might also include mouse support.

Mouse control to become an option in competitive play

The mouse menu will be placed under Kinect & devices in the main settings menu. For now, it only lets you control the pointer speed, and only works in apps and games with API support.

Currently, only Minecraft supports mouse and keyboard inputs for gaming on Xbox, but this will definitely expand in the future. Microsoft stated that it would not encourage developers to force cross-peripheral competitive play.

In other words, gamers who are using a controller will not be forced to fight mouse and keyboard players in competitive shooters. This doesn’t mean that the option will not be available, though.

All in all, mouse control will become an available option in competitive play. It will also be available in co-operative and single-player experiences for gamers who want it.

Halo Wars 2 dev announces cross-play support between Windows 10 PC and Xbox One

This might not be a coincidence considering that the game also plans to support mouse and keyboard on Xbox One for particular playlists.

Halo Wars 2 is probably the perfect game to test such a move since real-time strategy players who use mouse and keyboard inputs can achieve a higher number of actions per minute compared to gamers who use only a controller.

The Xbox Insider Program’s Alpha Ring will most likely get the update with the new features for testing pretty soon.

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