Keyboard and mouse support on the Xbox One. How does that sound? Well, it’s a possibility considering that Microsoft wants to enable Xbox gamers to stream games from PC. Part of Microsoft’s bold new plan to attract PC gamers would be to add keyboard and mouse support for PC to Xbox streaming.
VG247 does a brief write-up on the budding developments surrounding the Xbox One potentially getting keyboard and mouse support.
According to their report, Phil Spencer, the head of the Xbox brand, hopped into a conversation with the denizens of Twitter to answer questions about the cross-platform streaming functionality that Microsoft implemented into Windows 10. Some gamers were wondering when we might see this feature where the Windows 10 games can be streamed to Xbox One. According to Spencer they’re still working on it. In addition to this, someone brought out that in order for the reverse to be possible Microsoft would need to make mouse and keyboard peripheral support available on the Xbox One.
Spencer acknowledged the request, Tweeting out the following.
@lgriao @PNF4LYFE @Tak225Th Yep, keyboard and mouse support for Xbox would need to be there for this to work, those aren’t far away.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 21, 2015
“Those aren’t far away”, eh? Interesting.
I imagine Microsoft will want to get this feature up and running as soon as possible, because despite some people saying that Valve’s Steam Machines are no big deal, the reality is that they come in on the market priced very, very, very competitively. Even the lowest end of the machines are easily capable of hitting 1080p at 60fps and they cost anywhere between $50 to $100 more than a PS4. That’s a price-point that’s not joking.
Microsoft opening up the cross-platform play between Xbox One game consoles and PCs gives gamers an extra reason to stick with a Windows 10 PC instead of risking getting a Linux-based SteamOS machine. This is probably one of the most competitive times in the PC gaming space since the Commodore 64 and Amiga were around.
Of course, the biggest drawback to the Windows 10 and Xbox One combo is that you’ll need a new enough PC to use Windows 10 and stream Xbox One games, and you’ll also need an Xbox One. The price of that setup completely trumps the more cost-effective measure of just getting a Steam Machine, which can run an OS without a keyboard or mouse. The Steam Controller can actually double down as both using an OS that supports a virtual keyboard.
I imagine that Microsoft’s real selling point would be the exclusive software line-up – the sort of games you won’t be able to play anywhere else. If they roll out some games that make gamers stand up and pay attention, their Windows 10 and Xbox One ecosystem just might take off. I have to say that this fall is looking mighty interesting, especially with the backwards compatibility feature also set to go live for the Xbox One this fall.
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