Connecting a keyboard and mouse to an Xbox One may seem strange to some, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Text input would be much easier, as would navigating the UI and menus. Despite the fact that the Xbox One is essentially a Windows machine, keyboard and mouse support has been slow. Nevertheless, it is accessible via a variety of methods.

Connecting  a Keyboard and Mouse

The Xbox One works with both wireless and wired USB devices. Owners of an Xbox One can begin utilising a USB keyboard and mouse by inserting them into a free USB port on the system. The Xbox One will recognise the devices and allow you to utilise them right away. Unfortunately, using third-party Bluetooth keyboards and mouse with the Xbox One is not possible.

To type text and navigate menus, a USB keyboard (wired or wireless) can be used. The table below lists the keyboard inputs and their corresponding controller functions.

FunctionController InputKeyboard Key
Move to next elementN/ATab
Move to previous elementN/AShift+Tab
Open the guideXbox buttonWindows button
SelectASpace, Enter
BackBEscape, Backspace
Open searchYY
Open menuMenu buttonWin+M
Change viewView buttonWin+V
UPLeft stick up , D-pad upUp Arrow
DownLeft stick down, D-pad downDown Arrow
LeftLeft stick left, D-pad leftLeft arrow
RightLeft stick right, D-pad rightRight arrow

You can change the mouse settings by going to your profile and clicking “Settings -> Devices & connections -> Mouse.” Reboot the console if you don’t see this option. This allows the console to recognise and install the mouse.

The console might not always recognise your mouse or keyboard. This problem is frequently resolved by restarting the computer. It’s also possible that your keyboard and mouse are incompatible.

Even if the game is meant to support it, your mouse may not work properly, if at all, in some games. In this scenario, go to your Accessibility options and enable “Lock input method as mouse.” This is a typical Fortnite fix.

The Drawbacks of Using a Keyboard and Mouse

While Microsoft appears to be more open to allowing Xbox One customers to utilise a keyboard and mouse, compatibility is entirely dependent on the developer. Most games and apps support text input using the keyboard; unfortunately, the same cannot be said with the mouse.

Curiously, some apps that lend themselves to mouse navigation, like the Edge web browser, have the feature disabled. Owners are forced to use the Xbox One controller to manipulate the on-screen pointer, which is awkward and cumbersome. The new Chromium-based Edge web browser has fixed this problem. By March 2021, most users should have the new Edge browser, which will solve this vexing issue. If you don’t already have it, it should arrive soon.

Users can customise their mouse in apps that allow it by going to “Settings -> Kinect and devices.” Users can modify the speed of the mouse cursor and swap the primary and secondary buttons here.

Turret Razer

Razer, best renowned for its PC gaming peripherals, collaborated with Microsoft to develop the Turret, a wireless mouse and keyboard combo for the Xbox One. A special Xbox key on the keyboard and mouse allows users to access the Xbox One dashboard. The Razer Turret also includes Xbox dynamic lighting and a mousepad that slides out from behind the keyboard.

The Razer Turret is an impressive device that is the first completely wireless keyboard and mouse made particularly for Xbox One gaming. Unfortunately, the Razer Turret is extremely expensive. The item is currently available for $250 at the time of writing. Other wireless keyboards, particularly wireless gaming keyboards, can be used, but they may not perform as well as the Razer Turret.

Keyboard and Mouse Supported Games

While the Sony’s Playstation 4 can use a keyboard and mouse, the number of games that do is limited. The Xbox One, but from the other hand, offers a considerably larger selection of games that enable keyboard and mouse capabilities.

Some the major games on the list are:

  • Ark: Evolution of Survival
  • Bomber Crew
  • Day-Z
  • Fortnite
  • Gears of War 5
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection 
  • Minecraft
  • Roblox
  • The Sea of Thieves
  • The Sims 4
  • The Strange Brigade
  • Surviving Mars
  • War Thunder
  • Warframe
  • Vermintide 2: Warhammer

Microsoft promises that this list will grow over time, so gamers can look forward to additional titles in the future. In addition, additional Triple A titles will feature keyboard and mouse. You can see what’s new by checking a constantly updated list. There are over 50 games listed as of this writing.

Use a Keyboard and Mouse to Play Any Game

As previously stated, keyboard and mouse support are only available if the developer permits it – at least officially. Fortunately, there are workarounds available. Third-party products, such as the XIM Apex Controller Adapter, let you use a keyboard and mouse with any game by tricking the Xbox One into thinking it is a controller. The XIM Apex, on the other hand, costs a hefty $125.

It’s a good idea to double-check that your keyboard and mouse are compatible. For best results, you’ll also need the most recent XIM Apex firmware.

There are a few less expensive options available, but the XIM Apex consistently receives the highest consumer ratings. You can also try the less popular IOGEAR KeyMander keyboard and mouse adapter. It works with the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4. It’s a little less expensive at $99.99.

CronusMax is another adapter option, but it is more difficult to set up. You’ll need to keep your PC close to your console for everything to work properly. It costs $125, which is comparable to the XIM Apex.

The Titan One Console Tuner works similarly to the CronusMax but offers more flexibility and is much easier to set up. It includes over 50 mods to customise how things work. At $69.95, it is the least expensive option.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does this work with any keyboard or mouse?

No. The majority of wired keyboards and mice should be compatible with your Xbox One. However, some wireless keyboards may not operate properly since the Xbox One occasionally loses sync between the keyboard/mouse and the console.

2. Is this compatible with all Xbox One models?

Yes. As long as you have a USB connection accessible, you should be able to connect the same sorts of keyboards and mouse to all Xbox One devices.

3. Will all games support keyboard and mouse?

No. Xbox One games still have limited support because they were not created with keyboard/mouse control in mind. Even in games where they are supported, you may encounter glitches or only one of the two accessories working correctly.

4. Can I use Bluetooth?

No. Bluetooth support is not available on the Xbox One. In fact, the Xbox 360 only supports Bluetooth for the controllers themselves.

Conclusion

Even with these methods, it is not guaranteed that every game will work flawlessly with a keyboard and mouse. You may still encounter glitches or receive no support at all. Additionally, ensure that the keyboard and mouse you wish to use are compatible with the third-party adapter.

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