Titanfall, Battlefield 4 visions with keyboard and mouse

By Alan Ng - Oct 8, 2013

While Microsoft has been keen to hype up the benefits of their brand new Xbox One controller, we have heard some interesting comments this week on the possibility of adding keyboard and mouse support to the new console. Microsoft has confirmed that it is possible to do at a later date, if the developers are interested enough to make it happen.

It goes without saying that at least having the option of keyboard and mouse across certain titles would be a very exciting feature to have. So far we haven’t had a direct confirmation from Sony on bringing keyboard and mouse to PS4, but it looks like Microsoft has made the first move in boldly saying that they’ll certainly make it happen if developers need the SDK.

At the moment though, it is very early days and Microsoft doesn’t have anything concrete to announce on which games could support this. We can certainly help them with some ideas though – how about post-release patches to get keyboard and mouse support for games such as Call of Duty Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and Titanfall?

Having keyboard and mouse support for BF4 on Xbox One could make an amazing difference to sales, especially when some gamers will be making the transition from PC to console for next-gen. It would be in Microsoft’s best interests to at least add the option in there if demand is high enough, so perhaps it is up to you the gamers to make your voices heard.

Would you prefer to use a keyboard on the Xbox One?

Would you prefer to use a keyboard on the Xbox One?

Aside from the obvious shooters that would benefit from K&M support, what other games would you like to see with this feature in 2014? We initially heard that Diablo 3 wouldn’t have keyboard and mouse support on console, but this would be another game that would benefit immensely from having this as an alternative control scheme.

Then again, Blizzard has been working tirelessly on rebuilding the game for controller input – so perhaps we’ll excuse them this time.

Would you like to see the likes of Battlefield 4 and Titanfall on Xbox One with keyboard and mouse support? Some consumers may just like keyboard and mouse support for non-gaming purposes like browsing the web for example – Give us your reaction to this. You can see a confirmation from Major Nelson that this is possible in the video clip below.

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  • Tom Hedlund

    I would like to see K&M support on current generation consoles to add more complexity to RPGs. A market would open for game-specific keyboard overlays. I would be thrilled to play Might & Magic X: Legacy on the Xbox One with a K&M, and a custom keyboard overlay!

  • marcus

    pc gamers going to console? lol when pigs fly!

  • Wasif Hasan

    While I agree with you Jeremy. You are missing the idea of Xim with xbox 360. It’s been around for years. Whether people like it or not players who are comfortable with m&k combinations will find ways to use them.

    I for one am one of those who hates to play with a controller. So naturally I support the idea too.

    Another thing. You brought the idea of relaxing on a couch while using a controller. I for one use a m&k combination while either being on the couch sitting or on a bed laying. I am not held back by it and I am Very relaxed while doing it.

  • Jeremy Mattsen

    I say no other than for mmos. I play consoles to relax on the couch with a controller in my hand. The obvious accuracy increase on the k&b combo would also play havoc on console players choosing to use the controller. We learned from games like Shadowrun (as fun as it was) this it is not nice to mix the two. 🙂

    The ability to use them in mmos would make sense due to the sheer amount of abilities usually used, however, everything else I feel should be left to the controller. Keep the playing field even.

    • NgTurbo

      Very fair argument Jeremy, thanks.

      • Mike

        Umm STARCRAFT 2… There shear number of player base of this game makes it worth it… Any RTS game really… It’s a no brainer to add this support option… If you dont want to use it THEN DONT.. Yeh? Good for you etc.

    • Fat Contoller

      Totally agree, Jeremy. In games like CoD, MK should only be able to play other MK players as we all know it’s waaaay easier weith MK in an FPS. Like you, I also prefer relaxing on the couch with controller and I am bad enough at CoD while playing other players with controllers. If I was up against MKs, then my KD would get seriously ugly 🙂

    • DrakeGould

      I hope people suffer because of this.

      No different then PC users getting stuck with a Crappy mouse vs someone with a good mouse.

      Though the Xbox controller was always pretty good, PS3’s controller with the deadzone bigger then a house making a slight movement is nearly impossible. A good mouse would never have that problem.

      • Daryl Brennan

        I’ve known people with $8 mice to dominate public servers and win clan matches in fast paced games like the UT and Quake series. Hardware != victory. (Though I agree that kb vs controller would be a bad thing).