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Xbox's keyboard and mouse support starts with Fortnite

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During the XO18 showcase, Microsoft have confirmed that the announced keyboard and mouse support for Xbox is coming on 14 November 2019, with Fortnite and Warframe the biggest names to take advantage of the new feature after launch.

Epic's battle royale Fortnite is one of the games to start Xbox's native mouse and keyboard support this week. The long-awaited feature is officially coming on 14 November 2019 and it will support seven games at launch with seven more coming soon.

Fortnite is joined by another free to play title - Warframe, which was the first confirmed game to support mouse and keyboard on Xbox One with the launch scheduled back in October, but it looks like Microsoft had a change of heart and decided to go with the most popular game in the world instead.

Among the already mentioned games, another five titles to support mouse and keyboard on Xbox One at launch are Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Strange Brigade, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, War Thunder and X-Morph Defense.

Children of Morta, DayZ, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface and Wargroove are another seven coming soon after the first batch but Microsoft have been less specific with these and have not mentioned any dates.

During the XO18 event, Microsoft representatives explained that mouse and keyboard support is entirely reliant on developers choosing to implement it.

"When the update launches next week, all developers will have the tools they need to create tailored mouse and keyboard experiences for their games as they see fit to ensure a fair and fun experience for fans," is the company line. 

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Xbox One will support any USB peripherals but Microsoft have been working with Razer to produce the first wireless mechanical keyboard and mouse for Xbox. A reveal has been set for Consumers Electronics Show in January 2019.

It's been a long time coming, but it seems Microsoft will finally look to deliver a proper keyboard and mouse experience on Xbox One, something that was and is one of the major drawbacks of console gaming.

It will be interesting to see if Sony follows the same path for PlayStation 4 as they probably don't want to see that advantage exclusive to Microsoft's console.