At the moment, you’ll be able to fireplace up an Xbox sport console and play Halo with a mouse and keyboard. It’s exhausting to imagine I’m writing these phrases.
5 years in the past, I requested a small room of first-party Xbox devs how they felt about supporting mouse and keyboard (now that their boss Phil Spencer had confirmed they were on the way), however they had been severely skeptical. It took two extra years for the Xbox One to get even a handful of keyboard and mouse titles in a November 2018 replace. Regardless that video games like COD: Warzone and Fortnite have paved the way in which for controller parity, the business continues to be understandably cautious about mixing console and keyboard gamers.
However now, keyboard and mouse is a local a part of Halo: The Grasp Chief Assortment (together with Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Attain, and Halo 4) as of a new April 2021 patch, and it’s not alone: each Xbox that may play the sport will allow you to regulate your discipline of view, crosshairs, and bind controls throughout a number of inputs, like several good aggressive PC-grade shooter ought to.
Not solely does that imply parity with PC, but it surely would possibly truly make the Xbox model of Halo: MCC preferable for some. As my colleague Tom Warren factors out, it’s simpler to keep away from cheaters in console video games:
seeing mouse and keyboard assist in Halo on Xbox makes me want Future 2 had this. I’d change instantly from PC, which is filled with hackers, aimbots, and different exploits that break the PvP expertise
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 7, 2021
The full patch notes additionally point out new accessibility choices, a brand new “Escalation Slayer” sport variant, a brand new map for Halo 3, and you may simply set your in-game chat and audio gadgets individually now on PC. And naturally, there’s a brand new season of content material dubbed “Raven.” More info on that here.
Me, I’ve performed Halo with a mouse and keyboard virtually because the starting. The primary copy I owned was the Gearbox port for PC. It’s been a longtime favourite at LAN events. Ah, do I miss LAN events.