Friday , May 27 2022

From today on Xbox One you will play with the mouse and keyboard. This is not the end of a new product


Support for mouse and keyboard was announced in Xbox One games for some time. The stunning fact is not possible today. In the list of changes to the Microsoft system of consoles, something else has taken my attention. After contacting Microsoft's big competitor.

Phil Spencer – head of the Xbox department – has repeated for several months that he wants to give console players the opportunity to play games not only using gamepads, but also use mouse and keyboard. After a long time, the words came into force: after a sudden surprise beta testing of this answer, today you will be able to play the first games with the help of PC-related managers.

For the record:

  • The game fan must operate mouse and keyboard support. This means that not all games will work with these managers. Currently, only two games support this: Fortnite and Warframe. By the end of the month, Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Strange Brigade, Vermintide 2, War Thunder and X-Morph Defense will join this shortlist. Later, relevant updates are given to Children of Morta, DayZ, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface and Wargroove
  • Game developers need to provide their titles comfortably using the gamepad
  • Game developers have the possibility – but not the obligation – to introduce a system filter for multi-play games, which will allow players to decide who they want to play with: just with pad users, just with mules or mixed company
  • Xbox One supports all plug-in to the USB port (directly or through a wireless transmitter) of the mouse and keyboard that is supported by Windows 10 without the need to install drivers extra. Bluetooth equipment is not supported.

The November 10 update of Windows 10 for Xbox One is now available to download. It is automatically applied by the console. We can speed up this process by hand in the Console Installations in the System section.

Well, but you already know that. Using the mouse and keyboard on Xbox One is the only new one. Interestingly is the deeper integration of the console with … Amazon.

This news is not of players of extreme interest. However, it is interesting in terms of the whole IT market. Amazon and Microsoft are big competitors – the most important Microsoft service, namely Azure, is still behind market share behind Amazon Amazon Websites. The Amazon advantage really gets smaller, but we'll leave this analysis for another occasion. AWS and Microsoft Azure are both the largest cloud service in the world, they are key to both companies. Meanwhile, both corporations … tighten cooperation.

The fact that Microsoft is not integrating Cortana is gradually with Alexa surprise. A Microsoft assistant is a market failure, its future looks quite broad in a different role than a more advanced Windows support system. Microsoft does not want to allow its users to escape to Google, and Apple does not have an interest in cooperation. Alexa like this the smallest evil from the perspective of Windows developers.

Ok, but what has changed? Nothing interesting to Poland yet, but …

Thanks to the November 10 update of Windows 10 for Xbox One, an Amazon assistant is able to manage the console in another country (so far only in the US, from today also in the UK). It also increased its integration with Xbox One: to the extent that it can even be Alexa and press I got buttons on the pad. Without Cortana.

As well as today – currently only in the US – the Music Amazon service is now available on Microsoft consoles. The relevant application is now available to download from the Microsoft Store. It's not clear why it's only in this country, but it's not relevant. Cooperation on the consumer market between Amazon and Microsoft is expanding clearly. And this is not an obvious competition on the business market. I just think what Spotify does, and after closing the service, Microsoft Music Groove became a Xbox maker partner in the provision of music services.

Mouse and keyboard in Xbox One, integrate with Amazon and better search engine. The November update of Windows 10 is now available to download.

In addition, the search engine system index has extended to buy – but not downloaded – games. And we have to wait for the Amazon user service availability on Xbox One in Poland.

I've been using Alexa for some time and we like each other more and more. The only thing that can sort me back is this soon as the first of a Google assistant in Poland. We will not like Syri, and we can talk about Cortana slowly in the past …

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