After much talk about the possibility of Xbox One featuring keyboard and mouse support, the speculations may finally come true.
Speaking on a PAX West panel last weekend and reported by WindowsCentral, Xbox director Mike Ybarra said support will arrive on the console. “Keyboard and mouse support is definitely coming. We have to be very smart in how we do that,” said Ybarra.
“We’ll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say ‘you can’t do this because of fairness,’ and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Xbox platform, and the Windows platform,” he added.
He also explained that once the support arrives, they will have to coach the developers on how to maximize it. He cited an example where a game could allow players to choose who they want to play with, based on the setup of the mouse, keyboard, and controller.
“So you’ll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon, I can’t announce what that is, but soon. And based on developer interest, they’ll choose to do keyboard and mouse, or not!” Ybarra added.
In other Xbox news, Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition became the most pre-ordered Xbox console to date. “You, our biggest fans, have pre-ordered more Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles in the first five days than any Xbox ever,” confirmed Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Xbox in a statement.
Unlike the standard version, the Project Scorpio Edition comes with added value for gamers. It comes with a different design plus a vertical stand. The stand allows gamers more ways to display their console. Microsoft announced that the pre-orders were open during a live stream in Gamescom late last month.
Reports said that slots quickly sold out, particularly on online retail giants like Amazon and GameStop. In turn, Microsoft said that they will announce the details of the next batch of pre-orders very soon.
The Xbox One X launches on Nov. 7.