Today, you can fire up an Xbox game console and play glory with a mouse and a keyboard. It’s hard to believe I’m writing these words.
Five years ago, I asked a small room at first-party developers how they felt about supporting mice and keyboards (now that their boss Phil Spencer had confirmed they were on their way), but they were seriously skeptical. It took another two years for Xbox One to get even a handful of keyboard and mouse titles in a November 2018 update. COD: Warzone and Fortnite has paved the way for controller parity, the industry is still understandably careful about mixing console and keyboard players.
But now the keyboard and mouse are a native part of Halo: Master Chief Collection (including Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4) from a new update from April 2021
Not only does it mean parity with PC, but it can actually make the Xbox version of it as well Hi: MCC to prefer for some. As my colleague Tom Warren points out, it’s easier to avoid cheats in console games:
seeing mouse and keyboard support in Halo on Xbox makes me wish Destiny 2 had this. I immediately switch from PC, which is full of hackers, aimbots and other exploits that ruin the PvP experience
– Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 7, 2021
The full patch notes also mention new accessibility options, a new “Escalation Slayer” game variant, a new map for Halo 3, and you can easily set up your chat and audio devices in the game separately now on PC. And of course, there’s a new season of content called “Raven.” More info on this.
Me, I’ve been playing glory with mouse and keyboard almost since the beginning. The first copy I owned was the Gearbox port for PC. It has been a long-standing favorite at LAN parties. Oh, I miss LAN parties.