On the occasion of the X018 conference held in Mexico this weekend, Microsoft showed the muscles, announcing release dates of games ( Crackdown 3 for next February), purchases of development studios (Obsidian and InXile Entertainment ) but, also, some new features directly affecting his console .
So, to echo his September announcements, Microsoft announces that it has finished working hard to keep an “old” promise to Xbox One users. Which ? The ability to use a keyboard-mouse on the console and, better, to substitute the controller in some games. And it’s for this week!
Microsoft also announced that its creation project with equipment manufacturer Razer will be presented at CES 2019.
Starting Wednesday, play Fortnite with the mouse on Xbox One!
From November 14, and gradually, several games will be compatible with the mouse and keyboard starting with the very popular and popular Fortnite Epic Games. Follow Warframe (another shooter), Bomber Crew, Galactic Deep Rock, Strange Brigade, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, War Thunder and X-Morph Defense . Eight titles that will be added a little later (no date announced) DayZ, Children of Morta, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface and Wargroove .
Note that most titles announced as compatible with the keyboard and mouse are mainly from the independent world or small development studios. No doubt they have more flexibility and fewer constraints to adapt and balance their creations than industry behemoths like EA, Activision or Ubisoft.
Recall also that developers are free to implement the support of PC devices in their titles and that, as we had already mentioned in the past, it forces them to review multiple settings for multiplayer modes, as the balancing between teams, disassociation of players and / or keyboard / mouse players, etc. This is particularly the case in Fortnitewhere paddle fans will not be able to play with the mulot adorers.
It is also surprising that Fortnite’s competitor – PUBG – is not among the top compatible titles. It was launched on the Microsoft console exclusively temporary (not available on PS4 for the moment) and joined – today – the catalog of Xbox Game Pass , the pay game offer on demand MS. An oversight, no doubt.