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Razer leaks seeming Xbox One keyboard/mouse expansion ahead of schedule

January 9th, 2019
Pardon us, Razer, but how many games did you say will work with this Xbox One keyboard/mouse combo, exactly?

Enlarge / Pardon us, Razer, but how many games did you say will work with this Xbox One keyboard/mouse combo, exactly? (credit: Razer)

Last November's announcement of support for keyboard and mouse controls in 15 Xbox One titles was the culmination of literally years of Microsoft promises on the matter. Now, peripheral maker Razer seems to have accidentally revealed the feature is expanding to a handful of additional titles, including some big-name franchises.

As part of a CES stealth launch of the $250 Razer Turret—the first officially licensed wireless keyboard/mouse combo for the Xbox One—Razer provided press materials that listed 22 compatible Xbox One games. That includes the 15 games Microsoft already announced in November, plus:

  • Gears of War 5
  • Gears Tactics*
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds*
  • Roblox
  • Sea of Thieves*
  • The Sims 4*
  • Surviving Mars*

About 25 hours later, Razer issued a "corrected" press release that condensed that list considerably. While Gears of War 5 and Roblox are still confirmed for Xbox One keyboard/mouse support, the other (asterisked) games listed above were no longer included in the corrected release.

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Keyboard and mouse controls finally hit Xbox One this week

November 12th, 2018
Lap-based keyboard-and-mouse solutions like the Razer Turret will soon be fully compatible with the Xbox One.

Enlarge / Lap-based keyboard-and-mouse solutions like the Razer Turret will soon be fully compatible with the Xbox One. (credit: Razer)

It has now been two years and four months since Microsoft's Phil Spencer first told PCGames that keyboard-and-mouse support for the Xbox One was "not years away, it’s more like months away." In any case, the feature is now just two days away, as Microsoft announced this weekend that support for the traditionally PC-based control scheme would be rolling out to Xbox One players on Wednesday, November 14.

In addition to Fortnite and Warframe, which should receive the new control options this week, Microsoft said the following Xbox One games would receive mouse-and-keyboard support in November:

  • Bomber Crew
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Strange Brigade
  • Vermintide 2
  • War Thunder
  • X-Morph Defense

Seven more titles will add mouse-and-keyboard support "in the future," according to Microsoft:

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From the vault: Watching (and re-watching) “The Mother of All Demos”

April 12th, 2015

In December 1968, engineer and inventor Douglas C. Engelbart and a team of more than a dozen engineers and staff from the Augmented Human Intellect Research Center (AHIRC) gave a demonstration at San Francisco’s Civic Center Auditorium to show off what they called the oN-Line System (NLS). The demo, which lasted for about an hour and a half, became known as “The Mother of All Demos” because for many of the 1,000 computer technology professionals in the audience, it was the first time they saw personal computers used interactively, rather than crunching numbers via punch cards.

Engelbart began his work two decades earlier while he was stationed in the Philippines as a Navy radar technician during WWII. There, he read an essay by Vannevar Bush called “As We May Think,” which proposed furthering human intellect and memory through the use of a hypothetical machine called the Memex. After the war, Engelbart joined the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), where he published a 1962 paper called “Augmenting the Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework.” The following year, Engelbart’s research was funded by the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (or ARPA, now known widely as DARPA) as well as NASA.

The research was first sponsored by J.C.R. Licklider, and then by Robert Taylor, who is widely credited with building an early version of a networked system, called the ARPAnet, which helped researchers at various labs share their work. (Engelbart’s Augmentation Research Center at SRI was the second host on the ARPAnet.)

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