The Xbox One is becoming more and more like a PC every day, now offering cross-play support and even mods for certain games. For a select few titles, you can also use a mouse and keyboard in place of a traditional Xbox controller, giving you more precision so that you can enjoy your favorite shooters without needing to spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a gaming PC. Keyboard and mouse setups like the Razer Turret are even designed specifically for the Xbox One, as more players discover the advantages you can get when you ditch a game pad. Other keyboards, however, also can work.
These are all the games that support a mouse and keyboard on Xbox One. A number of titles not only make use of mouse and keyboard controls but also Razer Chroma integration for an enhanced lighting and color experience. Some titles not listed on Razer’s official website have also had support added separately by developers, and those are also listed.
The supported game list is being expanded regularly, and games are typically added in batches.
Games that eventually will support keyboard and mouse
- Children of Morta
- Minion Masters
Razer previously listed several other games on its official list before later removing them — these could be coming in the future. Those games are Gears Tactics, Sea of Thieves, and Surviving Mars, the last two of which support keyboard and mouse control in general. Each game is also available as a PC game, therefore implementing mouse and keyboard support would allow for less disparity between the two platforms.
Razer’s list also does not state if an Xbox game currently has support or if it will be getting support. When games are updated to add mouse and keyboard support, they are typically announced via Xbox Wire. Check back in when new software updates are released for the latest information.
You can play with a mouse and USB keyboard if your game supports it. First, plug the mouse and keyboard into the USB cable ports on the Xbox One. Next, go to the Settings menu and select Kinect & Devices, at which point you’ll have options for swapping button mapping and configuration the pointer speed of your mouse.
Your gaming keyboard should work immediately after plugging it into the USB port on your Xbox One, as well, with certain game pad functions automatically mapped to keys. The keyboard commands are pretty straightforward and easy to adjust to, like using Enter as the A button and the arrow keys substituting for the directional keys on a typical game controller.
What about using an adapter?
Adapters do exist to bridge support for all Xbox One games, like the IOGear Kaliber Gaming KeyMander 2. You can play all games on an Xbox console using these adapters, as long as they are compatible with your keyboard and mouse, but there’s a catch or two you may not like. The quality can deteriorate if you’re using adapters, leading to delays in gameplay. If you’re playing a first-person shooter game, using an adapter can interfere with your shooting accuracy.
Using an adapter for your keyboard and mouse may give you an unfair advantage over regular game control players, many console game manufacturers have realized. Consequently, some console games prohibit the use of adapters, while some restrict the use of mice and keyboards altogether to maintain a fair playing field for all users. Before you play a popular game that involves opponents or teamwork, test and see if you can use adapters or if the game does not support them.