After testing the feature earlier this year, Microsoft is finally ready to add keyboard and mouse support to Xbox Cloud Gaming. Additionally, the company confirmed that some major latency improvements are on the way to improve gaming experiences.
In a session at XFest 2022, Microsoft revealed that keyboard/mouse support is on the way, according to the edge Street tom warren. And while Xbox consoles have enjoyed the feature for some time now, Microsoft has worked tirelessly to update and improve its cloud gaming offering.
Currently, games supported by Xbox Cloud Gaming require a controller if playing on PC, and mobile gamers can use either touch controls or a controller.
Microsoft will add keyboard and mouse support to Xbox Cloud Gaming soon. Xbox developers are encouraged to add support for games now to fire up on xCloud once the integration is ready https://t.co/nBlgat5voJ pic.twitter.com/aYc5HftCia
-Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 21, 2022
Microsoft now encourages game developers to make the necessary changes to support keyboard/mouse input and take advantage of some latency improvements. However, it is important to remember that this is coming “soon”, so it is not available yet.
However, it doesn’t seem like the developers have to make too many changes to take advantage of this much-requested feature.
For those unaware, Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) is Microsoft’s service that streams Xbox games to TVs, PCs, mobile devices and more, and competes with Google’s Stadia, which launched with keyboard and mouse support since the beginning.
Once support finally kicks in, users can stream Xbox games to a PC and use their favorite PC gaming keyboard and mouse instead of switching to a controller. And finally, Microsoft has been working on a new Display Details API that should drastically improve latency, ultimately paving the way for higher resolution gameplay on Xbox Cloud Gaming.
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