The difference between the Xbox One and the Windows personal computers is going to become even lesser as Microsoft has planned to introduce full keyboard and mouse system to support the home console in the future, shortly. The Xbox’s corporate vice president, Mike Ybarra did not give detailed specifications of the upcoming features but he did put stress on how would developers test or implement it.
During a Q&A session following a panel at PAX West this weekend Ybarra responded to a query with the following statement:
Keyboard and mouse support is definitely coming. We have to be very smart in how we do that. We’ll leave it a lot to the developer choice.
So a lot of people, they tweet me and say “you can’t do this because of fairness,” and we understand that. We run two platforms: the Windows platform and the Xbox platform. And so, when we bring keyboard and mouse, we’ll coach developers to say: “Look, you’ve got to think about your multiplayer pools.” If you have a competitive game, people probably are going to want the choice to say “I’ll play with other keyboard and mouse people,” “I’ll play with only controller people,” or “you know what, I’ll play with any of those.”
So you’ll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon. I can’t announce what that is, but soon. And then, based on developer interest, they’ll choose to do keyboard and mouse going forward. Or not.
The Minecraft “Better Together” beta already supports the keyboard and mouse controls for the Xbox one, as indicated by Windows Central, gratefully, the Universal Windows Platform APIs is also compatible with all Windows 10 devices.
Moreover, developers will let the players know and choose whether to play or not play with the new equipment to win the game. The keyboard and mouse addition might an exciting extension of the Xbox One gaming zone, but first, let the developers test!