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Corsair unveils compatibility for Xbox One mouse and keyboards (update)

Updated November 19, 2018: Microsoft reached out to us and clarified that most wired and wireless mice and keyboards are supported with this new functionality on Xbox One, but Razer is the exclusive partner for "Designed for Xbox" mice and keyboards. The dedicated "Xbox" button and "Xbox Dynamic Lighting" are reserved for Designed for Xbox products, for which Razer is the exclusive partner.

At Microsoft's X018 in Mexico City, Microsoft detailed its plans to bring mouse and keyboard support to select Xbox One titles. While a majority of wired and wireless USB peripherals are set to be compatible with the console, a partnership has been formed with third-party manufacturer, Razer, delivering bespoke sofa-friendly hardware for Xbox consoles. It now appears Corsair is entering an agreement with Microsoft too, serving as an "Xbox licensed hardware partner" for months ahead. However, it's unclear if features like a dedicated Xbox button or "Xbox Dynamic Lighting" will be available on these products. We've reached out to Microsoft for comment.

Taking to Corsair's official site, the firm discussed its compatibility with Xbox One consoles, highlighting aspects of its product line best-suited to console gamers. Positioning its K63 lapboard (opens in new tab) and Dark Core RGB mouse (opens in new tab) for the couch, this setup offers a seamless solution for the average living room. Meanwhile, it recommends the K70 RGB MK.2 (opens in new tab) and Glaive mouse (opens in new tab) for desktop gamers, alongside its HS50 headset.

While specific manufacturers are touting Xbox One mouse and keyboard support, most will offer full compatibility on Xbox One. However, support across games is limited to specific developer implementation, considering balance for competitive titles. It's up to developers to make sure that however they implement mouse and keyboard support, it's fair for everyone.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

12 Comments
  • But people can use most usb mouse and keyboard available? Isn't this plug n play? I thought it was and people really didn't need to buy these, if they already have a mouse and kb.
  • yes, i've plugged in some very old and out-dated mice out of curiosity that have worked just fine.
  • So it's 100% hardware manufacturers spinning this to sell their stuff to console users, who they clearly underestimate as an audience. This is pretty awful.
  • Microsoft should just open this up using the same software as Windows 10, that way we could use any keyboard that is windows compatible, including wireless keyboards and gaming keyboards that don't require specialist programming software.
  • Hey, appears there was some misunderstanding with this article. I've updated the complete thing to make the situation clear. All plug and play USB (both wired and wireless) keyboards will be compatible with Xbox One, provided they don't require specific drivers/software. Bluetooth is the only exception, without Xbox One support on a system level. This is a partnership between Corsair and Microsoft, similarly to Razer, offering licensed setups guaranteed to work for Xbox One. Hope this clears up the confusion!
  • Thanks for clearing this up. I was really confused yesterday. :)
  • But you don't even own an xbox. Why are you commenting on this? Better yet why are you even here? Shouldn't you be playing those one and done exclusives with no replay value? Oh wait never mind....
  • I'm asking a legitimate question because I was confused by the original article.
    Stop trolling and fighting that silly console war.
  • But I understand you being upset about my comment. You would rather see consumers and gamers confused and misled into giving money to MS and its partners than see them get the proper information...
    Isn't your priority fellow gamers/consumers? Oh wait never mind... LOL
  • Oh, so they're making this about brands, I see. This is probably complete bs, since enabling the option should make it support any mouse and keyboard that's USB.
  • From what Microsoft is saying that's the case - any generic mouse and keyboard should work. Why is Windows Central reporting it inaccurately is beyond me...
  • Hey fdruid, appears there was some misunderstanding with this article. I've updated the complete thing to make the situation clear. All plug and play USB (both wired and wireless) keyboards will be compatible with Xbox One, provided they don't require specific drivers/software. Bluetooth is the only exception, without Xbox One support on a system level. This is a partnership between Corsair and Microsoft, similarly to Razer, offering licensed setups guaranteed to work for Xbox One. Hope this clears up the confusion!