Microsoft will allow you to use a mouse and keyboard to play Xbox cloud games: ‘It’s on its way’

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The latest Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most demanding games ever developed, but because to Microsoft’s cloud, you can now play it on a crappy PC (or an old Xbox One). There’s only one major flaw: you can’t play Xbox with a mouse and keyboard right now because Xbox Cloud Gaming only supports gamepads (and touch) for the time being. But, according to Jorg Neumann, the head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, that’s about to change: mouse and keyboard control is on the way.


Neumann revealed the news in a video Q&A for Flight Simulator (via Windows Central), stating that it will be platform-level support, implying that any Xbox cloud game could theoretically support mouse and keyboard control. Here’s how I transcribed the most important part:


This is a platform-level support, thus it has no bearing on us; obviously, mouse and keyboard work in our sim. So the platform team is working on that, and because it’s the platform team, I can’t give a deadline. I’m not sure when they’ll be ready, but it’ll be soon, and we’re also talking about how to make touch work.

While Neumann isn’t sure when it’ll be released, he thinks it’ll be this summer:

I’d guess it’ll happen in the coming months, not weeks, and it may be… I’m aiming to have it finished by June or so, but I never know. It’s what everyone wants, and it’s what I want, so… it’s coming.


He further speculates that Flight Simulator would include touch and perhaps gyro control, allowing you to tilt your phone to fly. “The gyro is actually quite fantastic,” he explains, “so you can immerse yourself more in the experience of flying a plane.”