Xbox Cloud Gaming is set to finally receive mouse and keyboard support as the service is set to receive improvements to latency soon.
As part of Xfest, Xbox announced that mouse and keyboard support will soon be available for games playable through xCloud, Microsoft’s cloud gaming service that comes as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Developers can start adding support for the mouse and keyboard input now, and functionality will be added at launch.
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Xbox Cloud Gaming is available on mobile devices, PCs, and Samsung TVs. Currently, the service only supports gamepads on PC, but players will soon be able to play games using a mouse and keyboard.
As part of the new input method, Microsoft announced plans to improve latency by moving to a new process that will use direct capture to stream games. Microsoft says this new method could cut latency by up to 72ms, however it could come at the expense of visual fidelity.
However, Microsoft says it is working on bumping up the visual quality of the new streaming method which maxes out at 1440p resolution.
Microsoft has been working to expand the functionality of Xbox Cloud Gaming, including letting subscribers stream games they own, even if they’re not available as part of the Xbox Game Pass library. Along with expanding to TVs, Xbox Cloud Gaming appears poised to continue growing as a feature of Xbox’s popular subscription service.
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