What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about consoles? If the controller is your answer, then you got it right. In an attempt to expand the console’s game controlling features, Xbox One is seriously considering adding a mouse and keyboard controller scheme to the console.
Well, it would seem that Microsoft is seriously giving some thought to the idea of making console games more user-friendly. More specifically, Phil Spencer, the big Kahuna currently running Microsoft’s Xbox One division has recently announced via an online statement, that the company plans on adding full-fledged mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One console.
Although Xbox One currently supports a USB keyboard, Spencer believes that there is ample room for improvement when it comes to user experience. The idea of adding a keyboard and mouse scheme to the Xbox One console came after a fan asked the company whether or not Halo Wars 2 can support such a controller scheme.
Why is this important? Well, pause for a moment and think about how you usually play a game from the RTS genre. Moving units around and issuing multiple orders might seem like a piece of cake for a user who spends years working with a keyboard and mouse combination, but a bit awkward if he were to use a console controller.
Fortunately, Xbox’s controls mapping for Halo Wars 2 is impeccable, but it’s still a little bit to move units around the map using the trackpad. Indeed, a mouse and keyboard scheme would be a major improvement, allowing the user to efficiently coordinate units during full-scale attacks.
However, for the time being, console owners must stick with the controller/USB keyboard scheme. But Spencer said that the idea hold great potential, and that future versions of Xbox One will surely be compatible with USB mice as well.
Now, on to more pressing matters – Halo Wars 2 is about to hit Xbox One consoles. According to Phil Spencer, the sequel to Halo Wars is scheduled to be released on the 21st of February. As we expected, the Xbox One exclusive game will feature new units, new abilities, and an interesting multiplayer mode called the Blitz Mode.
If you’re interested in learning more about the upcoming title, you should definitely enroll in the game’s open beta. So, buckle up, and kick as many alien cans as you can.
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