E3 2016 - Mouse And Keyboard Support Coming To Xbox One For Cross-Platform Play With PC

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 11:15 AM

Much was made of the inter-operability between Xbox One and PC at Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference, but one big question was raised - How could console gamers compete on a level playing field with mouse and keyboard users? Well Xbox head Phil Spencer has got the solution; mouse and keyboard support is coming to the Xbox One in a few months.

If you missed the hullabaloo earlier this week, Microsoft announced the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative. The gist of this is that you can buy any (first party only for now) game digitally once, on either PC or Xbox One, and you’ll be able to play it on both. That includes cloud saves and, most excitingly, cross-play. It means every first-party Microsoft game is also coming to PC, and it also means you will be able play Gears of War 4 co-op on PC with your buddy on an Xbox One.

Fair enough for co-operative play, but get into the murky waters of PvP and you’d think PC players would deliver the smackdown to console gamers.

"I keep talking about it in the press and my platform team keeps shaking their head, because they… Truthfully in our dev kit modes now keyboard works, mouse support is a little bit further away," Spencer said. "I say it because I know it’s not years away, it’s more like months away, but we don’t have an exact date yet."

It’s coming then, so the option will be there. I’m not sure how receptive Xbox One gamers will be to using M&K, although I can’t say I’d be too keen when I’m sat in front of the telly. With any luck there’ll be the option to pick and choose whether you want to play with the other platform, or as Jon wrote yesterday decent auto-aim for controllers could also level the playing field. Some genres just really aren't suited to gamepads however, including MOBAs and strategy titles. 

"Trying to take League of Legends and play it with a controller… or Dota… I don't know, maybe a designer’s going to try and tackle that problem, but those seem like natural PC games to me," explained Spencer. "When we enable PC and mouse on console it’ll be interesting to see how many of those creators think about running their PC and mouse-only game on console."

Do you think mouse and keyboard support is a necessity for cross-platform play with the Xbox One? With Microsoft clearly intent on unifying PC and Xbox, will we begin to see Live subscriptions charged for PC gamers? Let us know what you think!

Source: PCGN

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06:48 Jun-17-2016

Keyboard mouse support of Xbox... Xbox game in Windows 10.... WOW! Xbox & PC officially bestfriend now. LoL. No prejudice between these two. Sony now fighting two monsters at once... (Wii U at the corner with popcorn).

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10:53 Jun-16-2016

This is the generation when consoles turned into PCs with all the PC defining stuff like x86, mod support, Keyboard and mouse support, direct X, enthusiast models (aka scorpio). The perks of having a console are slowly disappearing.

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10:55 Jun-16-2016

Or the perks of having a console are coming to PC

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13:35 Jun-16-2016

In the ideal world the best of both worlds comes to the other ;)


Although i've a feeling that whenever MS gets enough marketshare on MS Store they might introduce the pay to play online crap to PC..

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22:47 Jun-15-2016

Considering how apparently all their games will be playable on Windows 10 (Even, if its the Windows store ugg :/ ) and that Xbox will soon have mouse and keyboard support. There is LITERALLY NO REASON to buy an Xbox One

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01:55 Jun-16-2016

I'm not console fans but this is a good approch to attract PC gamer to join Console Gaming. Esp those who don't like joystick or people who don't have the money to build Gaming Rig. Lots of reason... but I'm not gonna fall for that "demon whisper". LoL...

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21:57 Jun-15-2016

And the transformation od the consoles into actual PCs is becoming more and more real...

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22:33 Jun-15-2016

I think it's more of a hybrid!

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20:19 Jun-15-2016

lol here I will list something



  1. Microsoft stated that near all future Xbox Exclusive games coming to Windows also

  2. Windows 10 has now united Xbox and PC technically both are PC just one is locked

  3. New Xbox has mouse and keyboard support for cross-platform play

  4. PC version will have XBOX LIVE for free


Sounds like spending 200+ more for a decent pc which will be pretty cheap soon since the rx 480, and Intel and AMD chips have been getting cheaper lately it would just be better to buy a pc than a xbox one, technically you can just put your pc on your tv with a Bluetooth receiver for Bluetooth headset, Bluetooth controller, keyboard and mice. It just seems that consoles are trying to fully become a PC but one problem is that you can't really upgrade them.

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19:41 Jun-15-2016

Microsoft your a F#@$%$# G!

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17:09 Jun-15-2016

Well that's one way to solve PC's advantage in FPS. It's cool that this is happening and I can't wait to be able to play games with my friends who don't own PC.

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19:55 Jun-15-2016

Regardless, we shall wipe the gaming floor with the blood of console owners. Muahahahaha.

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12:53 Jun-15-2016

Nice play by Microsoft.i am sure that if it is capable of4k@60fps and pirating game is over than people will go for xbox ???? s.

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16:07 Jun-15-2016

I think more like people will abandon consoles for good and turn to PC.

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12:27 Jun-15-2016

I think Microsoft is trying really hard to convert Pc gamers to Xbox gamers. I believe this because of this as well as the horrible ports that Microsoft made purposefully(in my opinion).

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12:48 Jun-15-2016

What you are saying may just be true. I speak for myself a console will never match a PC especially in Graphics quality and game-play speed(fps). I am only a pc gamer, began with consoles but was not enough for me. Then, upgraded to pc and never turned back also Exclusives do not entice me. It is said you eye can only keep track of 24 fps(e.g a movie or console game) but after years of PC gaming I can tell the difference between 30 and 60fps. Few 60fps games are on console

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13:08 Jun-15-2016

Graphics quality I will agree with to an extent but not the FPS. Older consoles such as the Super NES actually ran games at 60FPS just fine even if it was only first party games. (Note: Tales of Symphonia So it's not that developers cant make it run at 60 on console, the issue lies with the fact that developers are either locking the frame rate on the console versions or the game pushes the console too much.

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14:57 Jun-15-2016

Yes I know

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15:59 Jun-15-2016

Looks like I forgot to finish my note:


Tales of Symphonia on the Gamecube runs at 60FPS.

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14:06 Jun-15-2016

It seems to me like they are trying to convert console gamers to PC gamers by slowly transitioning the xbox one in to a PC.

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16:49 Jun-15-2016

Xbox One to PC Road-Map
Step 1 - Release Xbox One
Step 2 - Add Keyboard & Mouse support
Step 3 - Add 4k Gaming
Step 4 - Add upgrade-able parts
Step 5 - Xbox One officially a PC

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22:16 Jun-15-2016

I lean more towards this, specially due to their DRM-fest windows 10 store. The pieces are falling into place.

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12:04 Jun-15-2016

If this means less exclusives and more gamers playing together, I am all up for it. As a PC only gamer (I can't buy a PS4), it always breaks my heart to see the cool exclusives that the PS4 gets :(

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12:02 Jun-15-2016

Why would people even play with a controller then?

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12:04 Jun-15-2016

Some games are just made for controller, but hopefully this also means that developers will care more about the UI being KBM friendly

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12:08 Jun-15-2016

Good thought.

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13:18 Jun-15-2016

I prefer controller for every game that supports it.

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13:48 Jun-15-2016

Keyboard and mouse for First Person games, controller for everything else. My controller of choice is the Xbox One Joypad.

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16:08 Jun-15-2016

For me controller for sports games (fighting, football, racing etc.), M+KB for every other thing.

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10:57 Jun-16-2016

Not really used the Xbox One pad much, is it much better than the 360 overall? I have the dualshock 4 but its battery life is terrible and a lot of games show Xbox prompts. Kind of want to get one of them new Xbox One controllers where you can choose the colours.

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11:57 Jun-15-2016

Goodbye casual multiplayer.

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