Microsoft and Razer may partner to bring in mouse and keyboard support for Xbox

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Gamepad would still be a necessity for all titles as it can support several mouse and keyboard per console and Xbox can only support one.

The ever-going conversation about keyboard and mouse support for >Xbox has always been a trending topic. Still, there has never been any conclusion to it.

However,  now a Windows Central report claims that it has received leaked documents which give the details of how >Microsoft was planning to bring mouse support for the April update of the Xbox dev kit.

This new keyboard and mouse are being developed by gaming hardware maker >Razer and they are called the Razer Turret keyboard and mouse.

These plans are tentative, but Windows Central gives a glimpse of what the two companies, Microsoft and Razer might be working by revealing their presentation details:

1) Razer Chroma RGB lighting support for Xbox in games for PC versions of Overwatch, DOTA2, so on and so forth. They claim that this lighting can be useful and immersive for gamers.

2) Gamepad is still a necessity for all titles and the Xbox cannot support more than one mouse and keyboard per console.

3) The mouse features include a support for up to 5 buttons, horizontal and vertical wheel movement. Apart from that the developers may be allowed to question mouse capabilities and also report absolute pointer location and relative pointer movement. Also, there is a new API for polling the above-given data.

4)The developers will be given the freedom on how they want to work with the mouse and keyboard support.

They emphasised that the presence of the mouse and keyboard can be detected. This means that the developer can lock players to specific playlists according to their inputs to preserve balance.

5)The report further says that the multiplayer balance is completely up to the title and Microsoft is encouraging developers to monitor how mouse and keyboard players compete against gamepad players and accordingly make adjustments.

It also "highly suggested" that use of mouse and keyboard be used separately for matchmaking rules.

6) The presentation is claimed to note that support for all USB mice by Windows would be available on Xbox which would include wireless dongles for mice and there would be no support for custom drivers or Bluetooth.

7) Microsoft is said to also introduce a new API which the developers can use to detect or maybe potentially block mouse and keyboards that may copy controller inputs in an unfair fashion.

The report concludes by saying that whether these plans would be made available is still not sure, but there is a possibility of gamers getting a lot more choice on Xbox and the list of games on PC could also grow. Whether these plans go ahead or not remain to be seen, so take it with a pinch of salt


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