Over the past few years, Microsoft has thrown a lot of its support behind cloud gaming, bolstering the backend, adding titles, and more. Currently, the business is getting ready to give Xbox Cloud Gaming keyboard and mouse functionality.

Microsoft will be adding support for keyboard and mouse input on Xbox Cloud Gaming during XFest 2022, according to a session revealed (via Tom Warren ).

Although Xbox consoles have long enabled keyboard and mouse input in addition to controllers, the cloud gaming versions of those titles have not yet provided compatibility. Instead, Xbox Cloud Gaming games demand a controller if you’re playing on a PC and, at least for certified titles, allow controllers and touch controls on mobile.

Xbox Cloud Gaming will soon enable PC keyboard and mouse input. To take advantage of this new functionality, it sounds like game developers only need to add keyboard and mouse support to their games. The input option on consoles will be supported using the same techniques.

Google’s 9TO5 Google Since the platform’s inception, Stadia has supported keyboard/mouse input, which is notable and unquestionably a benefit of the platform. It allowed users to launch a game using only the hardware that their computer already provided, making it one of the few places where Stadia outperformed Xbox Cloud Gaming—a list that is rapidly dwindling as we’ve previously covered:

Personally, I consider this a significant improvement for Xbox Cloud Gaming. I’ve always loved using a keyboard and mouse to play video games, so I can still clearly recall being irritated that I couldn’t stream a game on my PC without switching to a controller.

It’s wonderful to see Xbox finally catching up in this regard; currently, we just need more TV support.
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