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Xbox One may include support for mouse and keyboard in the future, Microsoft has revealed, saying that if it's something developers are interested in using, "we'll certainly help them do that".

Talking to Newegg TV about the possibility of including mouse and keyboard support in the upcoming console, Microsoft's director of programming for Xbox Live Larry Hryb said:

"We'll certainly have this great SDK for developers to do what they like. If that's something they're interested in doing, we'll certainly help them do that. You pointed out, as a lot of people forget, designing for a 2-foot gaming experience versus perhaps a nine or ten-foot experience is a little bit different. So they have to be really focused on what is that like and they're maximising for the largest possible audience.

"Certainly it's possible, but we don't have anything to announce at this time."

The Xbox 360 currently lets players input text via a keyboard, but does not include support for mice. And though it may be possible on Xbox One, Hryb appears reserved about whether using a mouse and keyboard would be ideal on a console.

"We kind of have this concept of when you're playing a PC game you're leaning forward," continued Hryb. "With an Xbox [controller], sometimes you lean back. You're just kinda having fun.

"And I don't want to incite the religious debate that will ensue, [but] we want to provide a gaming experience that people enjoy, certainly with Windows – that's our other large gaming platform at Microsoft. So there's something there, but right now we're really focussed on the console space."

Xbox One launches in the UK on November 22.

Source: YouTube, Newegg Arcade

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pblive@ BC_Animus

There are a lot (and I mean in the millions) of potential customers that can't afford or won't bother with a gaming PC, so I think MS are quite safe there.

PC versions are, mostly, better than their console counterparts (but not always) assuming you have a decent setup. But that minimum spec looks like it's just about to rise, leaving some people who have a mid-range PC high and dry unless they upgrade. In some cases that means buying a new PC or Laptop.
Posted 18:07 on 09 October 2013
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BC_Animus

By making their consoles more and more cross-platform and PC-like they're shooting themselves in the foot - people are just gonna get the PC versions at launch, and in the long run it's just gonna help competitors like Steam, especially now with the Steam box on its way.
Posted 17:34 on 09 October 2013
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AdesteFideles

Steampad support, please!
Posted 17:32 on 09 October 2013
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Endless@ s_h_a_d_o

I can. For me keyboards are for chat and chat only on a console and a mouse belongs nowhere near one. Besides the xbox has kinect for that kind of navigation anyway and Sony has the move. But if a developer REALLY wants mouse control, there's nothing stopping them so it seems.
Posted 23:35 on 08 October 2013
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s_h_a_d_o

I cannot believe this isn't de rigueur for the console design. :|

Microsoft really are losing the plot.
Posted 22:01 on 08 October 2013