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You can use a keyboard and mouse right now with the Xbox One. Whether you should is a different matter.

It's perhaps a peculiar thought, using a keyboard and mouse with your console. After all, they're designed to be used with a controller, right? In the case of the Xbox One, the growing convergence with Windows 10 makes it a more appealing concept. Games like Halo Wars 2 are just a better experience with a keyboard and a mouse.

We know that official keyboard and mouse support is coming to the Xbox One at some point in the future, but if you can't wait, there is a way to get in on the action right now.

You can use a USB keyboard for limited functions already officially and have been able to for some time. It's particularly useful for sending messages, participating in Twitch or Beam chat, things like that. But if you're remotely interested in keyboard and mouse support it's probably for gaming reasons. For that, for now, you need some help.

YouTuber Austin Evans demonstrating the XIM 4

It's called the XIM 4 and it's a pretty ordinary looking thing that acts as a go-between for the keyboard and mouse and translates the input signal to one the Xbox One can understand. It looks like a USB hub and setup is not exactly elegant, but it does work.

XIM 4

As you can see in the video above — where YouTuber Austin Evans is demonstrating it — for all intents and purposes the XIM 4 makes it just like you're gaming on a PC. Latency is very low and judging by the legion of happy fans online, it's reliable, too.

It's also not particularly cheap. But if you just have to have keyboard and mouse support right now, the XIM 4 is the way to do it. Otherwise just wait it out with the rest of us for Microsoft to do the work.

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