What you need to know

  • DayZ is an open-world survival game from Bohemia Interactive.
  • It's getting base building soon on Xbox One.
  • The studio has also promised mouse and keyboard support for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
  • You can purchase DayZ through the Microsoft Store.

Updated January 14, 2020: The day you've been waiting for is finally here, DayZ now supports mouse and keyboard on Xbox One. Update 1.09 adds that feature and brings with it a number of new gameplay elements like fishing.

DayZ is an open-world multiplayer game that found popularity on PC some years ago. The goal is for players to survive on a post-apocalyptic map for as long as they can. Many gamers consider DayZ a hardcore experience because there are no tips, waypoints, tutorials, or lives. If you make a mistake and get killed, you lose everything and have to start from scratch with absolutely nothing. Just like other titles in the genre, scavenging resources is the focus.

DayZ launched in the Xbox Game Preview program a few months ago, and since then the title hasn't received a lot of substantial features. It's now a proper release, too. Recently, developer Bohemia Interactive stated that base building and new vehicles will be added to the game in the coming days. It's the "biggest game update" the team has done so far because it also brings a lot of quality-of-life improvements to experience.

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However, the post also promised future updates to the interface to make it better on consoles, and an overhaul of the inventory. There are a lot of areas that need to be improved before the game is really to exit out of Xbox Game Preview.

Lastly, at X018, Microsoft announced that mouse and keyboard support was coming to Xbox One. DayZ is one of the games that will take advantage of this new feature. Unfortunately, support will most likely not be implemented before the game leaves Xbox Game Preview.

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