Microsoft recently unveiled plans to roll out Xbox One mouse and keyboard support, offering the first everyday alternative to the standard controller. While offering a different way to play, Microsoft also hopes the feature will bring new games to the console that simply can’t adapt to the controller. Further blurring the lines between systems, the feature could have a big impact on the future of Xbox.
We’ve lined up 10 titles we’re dying to see on Xbox One with support for mice and keyboards.
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm features heroes (and villains) from across decades of Blizzard history, including Diablo, Warcraft, Starcraft, and many more. Teams of players go head to head in a hero-based strategy format across a variety of map modes, typically with the aim of pushing the enemy back to their keep and destroying it. Heroes of the Storm is vibrant, fun, and a little easier to get into than some of the other DOTA-type games out there, making it a good fit for console.
Age of Empires IV
Xbox head and Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Gaming, Phil Spencer, previously discussed how mouse and keyboard support will open the platform to previously isolated titles. Overcoming the limitations of a controller could justify Age of Empires IV’s Xbox One debut, showing Microsoft itself is committed to the feature. With Age of Empires Definitive Edition on Windows 10 and two further remastered on the way, the series could find a second home.
Halo Wars 2
Leading up to the Halo Wars 2 release, Phil Spencer agreed that mouse and keyboard support “makes sense” for the game’s launch. That period has sailed, but the statement still remains true today. Throughout Microsoft’s existing in-house lineup, there’s no better game than Halo Wars 2.
As with all multiplayer shooters, the implementation is critical to ensure a balanced arena for all. The high-stakes nature of battle royale rewards precise aim and a high-DPI mouse provides heightened accuracy over standard thumbsticks. However, Fornite already has a proven method of handling differing inputs, meaning mouse and keyboard isn’t a major step. If any game can sustain the mouse and keyboard lineup, Fortnite is one to watch.
Although the current state of Gears Tactics is unknown, the franchise’s roots mean an Xbox One debut wouldn’t be surprising. As an experience seemingly designed for mouse and keyboards, its arrival would ensure the widest reach, without compromising on the original vision.
World of Warcraft
Blizzard would have to completely upend the UI, controls, and balance of the game and its legacy content in order to make it work properly with a controller. Simply adding it as an exclusive mouse and keyboard-only title would vastly improve the PC game’s reach.
Civilization VI’s debut on Xbox One would be a huge addition to the Xbox One library and could draw the attention of other major players in the strategy space. With its arrival on iOS and Nintendo Switch, here’s hoping Xbox is next.
Paradox has been among the recent wave of historically PC-focused publishers making the move to console. Its previous console release of Cities Skylines is a port done right, with user interfaces and controls overhauled for controllers. However, for those looking for the original experience, additional mouse and keyboard support would be welcomed.
Valve has made no indication of expanding beyond desktops, however, is easily the biggest game absent from Xbox. While earlier titles from the publisher are on console, it’s unlikely they’ll sever Dota 2’s heavy ties to the Steam platform.
League of Legends
While League of Legends has been historically tied to Windows and macOS, the game hasn’t had a real chance to expand to new platforms. Mouse and keyboard support could open the titles to millions more, making that transition considerably easier.
Which mouse and keyboard games would you like to see on Xbox One? Drop into the comments section below with your top picks.
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