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Microsoft reveals Xbox X018 event, keyboard/mouse support and Razer Partnership

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Microsoft reveals Xbox X018 event, keyboard/mouse support and Razer Partnership

Microsoft reveals Xbox X018 event, keyboard/mouse support and Razer Partnership

In Microsoft's latest "Inside Xbox" episode, Xbox's Phil Spencer confirmed that keyboard and mouse support is coming to Xbox One in the "coming weeks" while announcing the company's X018 event. 

It has been a while since Microsoft held an X0 event, with X06 acting as a reveal event for Halo Wars, Bajo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Bioshock and the Xbox 360's failed HD DVD drive add-on. At this time it is unknown what Microsoft plans to showcase at X018, but we know that the event will be held on November 10th, 2018 at the Xbox FanFest in Mexico City. X018 will be live streamed on Mixer, Microsoft's video streaming service. 
 
Xbox One's support for mouse and keyboard will arrive via a partnership with Razer, opening up support at a platform level for developers to exploit. Game support will come on a game-by-game basis, with Warframe acting as one of the first titles to implement the feature. It is up to developers whether or not their games will support keyboard/mouse, or if they will split multiplayer matchmaking between gamepad and KB/M players. 

 

    Today we’re announcing a new way to play games on Xbox: we’re enabling mouse and keyboard support on Xbox One for select Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks.

With this new input support at the platform level, developers can now build mouse and keyboard support in their games if and how they choose. It’s important to note that mouse and keyboard support for games is added on a title-by-title basis, entirely at developers’ discretion. For all other titles, nothing changes. Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games. Each development team knows their titles best and we support them in creating the right experience for their games as they see fit, to ensure an optimal and fair gaming experience. Warframe will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input when the feature arrives to Insider in the coming weeks.

While most wired or wireless USB keyboards and mice will work on Xbox One, we know access to best-in-class hardware is a must. That’s why we’re partnering with a premiere peripheral manufacturer in the gaming hardware space – Razer – to bring you the best possible mouse and keyboard experience for this new functionality. We’ll have more to share soon on this partnership, but for now check out Razer’s website and our Xbox Twitter and Facebook pages for a sneak peek.

We’ve been working closely with studios of all sizes to ensure mouse and keyboard experiences on console are fun, fair and correctly balanced, and look forward to introducing more games with support for mouse and keyboard input in the future. Tune into the November 10 edition of Inside Xbox for more details about additional titles supporting mouse and keyboard, and to learn more about our partnership with Razer.

  


Most keyboards and mice will function on Microsoft's Xbox platform, including wireless models, though it is likely that Razer's products will ship with additional features like support for addressable RGB illumination. Keyboard/mouse support will not become a requirement for future Xbox games. 

You can join the discussion on Microsoft's Xbox X018 event on the OC3D Forums

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26-09-2018, 04:56:19

Peace
Really awesome news for consoleros! Partnership with Razer = even more overprized gaming gear that breaks after opening the package :-!Quote

26-09-2018, 09:25:43

Darkdayzzz
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Originally Posted by Peace Ð View Post
Really awesome news for consoleros! Partnership with Razer = even more overprized gaming gear that breaks after opening the package :-!
.__. And here I sit talking to my brother about his Corsair gear vs my Razer gear (mine is cheaper in price for basically the same overall specsheet - keyboard and mouse and the like).

I've never had an tech regardless of brand (good brands...logitech / corsair / razer/ steelseries) break on me. I've had them DIE on me out of the blue though! Like my logitech headset mic just stopped working on day for no reason, got Logitech on customer chat, boom new headset 2 days later for nothing just had to send my old back.

Same thing with Razer and Corsair stuff, ha I've got 3 razer keyboards sitting in my house that are 4+years old and still work perfectly as if just bought yesterday.

It depends entirely on how you treat your tech, that is all it really comes down. I clean my keyboards and mouses each week or 2 with just simplegreen cleaning solution spray and a rag. Then spray out of the keyboards with a tiny compressed air machine, never had a problem with them yet.

My mouse of almost 7 years (razer naga - the 2012 one, not the new one) has developed an issue but I think it is a motherboard or weird software bug - when I coldboot turn on my gaming pc I have to double-click the mouse twice and then it works just fine.... so if I cold boot and want to open say steam on my desktop I have to left click 4 times total as it is twice on the desktop or anywhere really then twice on steam to open it.

But that is the only issue I've ever had with any of the tech I've owned over the years...and it is more a bug then anything so I just have lived with it since it doesnt matter.Quote

26-09-2018, 09:33:54

Bartacus
Razer is cheap low-grade Chinesium. They make over-priced crap parts. Would not buy, ever again.Quote

26-09-2018, 09:47:30

looz
Mouse and keyboard so you can play FPS games at 30 and 60 FPS. Quote

26-09-2018, 10:23:35

kdawgmaster
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Originally Posted by Darkdayzzz View Post
.__. And here I sit talking to my brother about his Corsair gear vs my Razer gear (mine is cheaper in price for basically the same overall specsheet - keyboard and mouse and the like).

I've never had an tech regardless of brand (good brands...logitech / corsair / razer/ steelseries) break on me. I've had them DIE on me out of the blue though! Like my logitech headset mic just stopped working on day for no reason, got Logitech on customer chat, boom new headset 2 days later for nothing just had to send my old back.

Same thing with Razer and Corsair stuff, ha I've got 3 razer keyboards sitting in my house that are 4+years old and still work perfectly as if just bought yesterday.

It depends entirely on how you treat your tech, that is all it really comes down. I clean my keyboards and mouses each week or 2 with just simplegreen cleaning solution spray and a rag. Then spray out of the keyboards with a tiny compressed air machine, never had a problem with them yet.

My mouse of almost 7 years (razer naga - the 2012 one, not the new one) has developed an issue but I think it is a motherboard or weird software bug - when I coldboot turn on my gaming pc I have to double-click the mouse twice and then it works just fine.... so if I cold boot and want to open say steam on my desktop I have to left click 4 times total as it is twice on the desktop or anywhere really then twice on steam to open it.

But that is the only issue I've ever had with any of the tech I've owned over the years...and it is more a bug then anything so I just have lived with it since it doesnt matter.
I've worked at a computer store as a customer service rep and a tester for around 4 years and i can say that Razer product does come back far more often then most other brands. HOWEVER they are also bought more often could be almost as much as a 4/1 ratio but that didnt account for how much we saw come back and get sent for RMA or were flat out replaced by the store.Quote
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