Grab your trusty PC gaming equipment and saddle up—mouse and keyboard support isfinally available on Xbox One, thanks to today’s November 2018 Xbox Update deployment.
The update brings a variety of additional features as well,
but the most interesting of the bunch is that you can now grab your favorite gaming mouse and keyboard to enjoy a game of Fortnite on your Xbox One console.
Developers can choose to add mouse and keyboard support to additional Xbox One titles going forward,
but there’s only a small selection of compatible titles right now,
including Fortnite and Warframe. Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Strange Brigade, Vermintide 2, War Thunder, and X-Morph Defense will receive support later this month,
with Children of Morta, DayZ, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface, and Wargroove planned for support at a later date.
Microsoft is releasing a special mouse and keyboard through a partnership with Razer as an all-new “Designed for Xbox” set as well.
Both peripherals were designed specifically with gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10,
and the keyboard will feature a dedicated Xbox key as well as Xbox Dynamic Lighting support.
Microsoft plans to release more information about the products in CES this January.
Easier game navigation is also a part of the November update,
where Xbox One search will now be expanded to include your “Ready to Install” games that exist as part of various memberships,
including your EA Access, Xbox Game Pass, and other service subscriptions,
which should make finding that game to play with keyboard and mouse a much simpler affair.
This wasn’t the extent of today’s announcements, however.
The new Xbox Skill for Cortana, released last month, has added a selection of new commands and improvements.
For instance, Cortana will now automatically discover and pair your Xbox, removing the need to log in.
You can also quit apps or use the voice assistant as a “controller” now if you wish.
The app is also now available in beta for all Xbox owners in the U.K., too, complete with U.K. English voice recognition.
Today, Amazon Music is also available for Xbox One for U.S. users,
with worldwide support in additional countries on the way “soon.”
Prime members can use the app to stream their favorite tunes and playlists straight from their Xbox One console.
For those who are primarily PC gamers, these new improvements should help make gaming on your Xbox One a much more painless affair,
especially as additional developers jump on the mouse and keyboard support bandwagon going forward.