Gears 5 Confirmed to Feature Official Mouse & Keyboard Support and Razer Chroma Integration
Gears 5 is among the games listed to officially support mouse and keyboard on Xbox One. Razer unveiled this information in their new page which lists all the Xbox One titles getting official mouse and keyboard support.
The full list includes Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Warframe, Sea of Thieves, Minecraft, The Sims 4, X-Morph: Defense, Warhammer Vermintide II, Bomber Crew, DayZ, Deep Rock Galactic, Children of Morta, Minion Masters, Moonlighter, Roblox, Strange Brigade, Surviving Mars, Vigor, Warface, Wargroove and War Thunder. Most of these titles, including Gears 5, are also going to support Razer Chroma and Xbox Dynamic lighting integration.
Interestingly, this list also includes Gears Tactics, the X-COM like turn-based tactics game in development at Splash Damage. Gears Tactics was originally announced only for PC but this listing strongly suggests that an Xbox One version is indeed on the way.
As to Gears 5, it's set to be the biggest first-party game released by Microsoft when it launches later this year. It will be the first entry with a different protagonist than a member of the Fenix family, with Kait Diaz (voiced by Laura Bailey) set to lead this time around.
The inclusion of official mouse and keyboard support on Xbox One seems to be another step in ensuring cross-play parity between the console and PC version of the game. The Coalition already experimented with crossplay for Gears of War 4, though at the time Xbox One users were at a distinct disadvantage since they weren't able to use mouse and keyboard on the console, at least by official means.
It remains to be seen whether controller users, both on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, will feel penalized by this choice. What do you think of this move by Microsoft? Should all games on Xbox One come with mouse and keyboard support from now on?
Before replying, you might want to check Kai's CES 2019 hands-on of the Razer Turret mouse/keyboard combo for Xbox One.