Games on xCloud will be played using a mouse and keyboard soon

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Xbox Cloud gamers just received some awesome, long-awaited good news.
  • Microsoft is actually thinking of introducing keyboard and mouse support.
  • This means that, in the near future, you won't need a controller on xCloud.
  • No exact release date for this upcoming feature has been announced yet.
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Most of us love gaming, not only as an e-sport but also as a fun way to blow off some steam and spend those rainy, boring afternoons.

And since we’re talking about gaming, it’s important to remind you that Xbox Cloud Gaming is actually a solid alternative for those who cannot afford or get their hands on the latest consoles from Microsoft.

This service also allows playing next-gen games, such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, on older, outdated consoles.

The Redmond tech giant constantly brings new titles and enhancements to Xbox Cloud Gaming, making the service more accessible and convenient.

But one of the future updates will be the absolute star of the show, as it will soon bring a much-anticipated improvement, which is the ability to use mouse and keyboard support.

Keyboard and Mouse support is coming to xCloud gamers

Currently, users need a phone, PC, or a console paired with a compatible controller, to access Xbox Cloud Gaming.

However, Microsoft wants to take it one step further and make Xbox Cloud Gaming available for gamers without controllers by enabling keyboard and mouse support in compatible titles.

Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, revealed the upcoming change during a recent Q&A stream on YouTube.

Keyboard and mouse support will be a platform change, which means it will work in numerous Xbox games.

Considering Xbox Cloud Gaming is based on Xbox consoles, not all games will support mouse and keyboard inputs, although many titles already have the needed optimizations.

Mouse and keyboard support in Xbox Cloud Gaming is a significant improvement that will open the world of more than 100 games to more users, especially those with low-end or non-gaming computers.

Just keep in mind that Xbox Cloud Gaming requires an active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and a stable Internet connection.

Unfortunately, we don’t yet have specific release dates or timelines. Microsoft will most likely test keyboard and mouse support in the Xbox Insiders program before expanding it to the public.

Those looking to try the latest generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator will be also glad to know that developers plan to implement touch-based controls.

Needles to say, we will be soon able to play Microsoft Flight Simulator on your phone or tablet without connecting a compatible controller, which is a must for now.

Would you rather use xCloud with a controller, or a mouse and keyboard? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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