Nowadays you can start and play an Xbox game console Halo with a mouse and keyboard. It’s hard to believe I’m writing those words.
Five years ago, I asked a small room of first-party Xbox developers what they thought about mouse and keyboard support (now their boss Phil Spencer confirmed they were on their way), but they were deeply skeptical. It took two more years for the Xbox One to get even a handful of keyboard and mouse titles in a November 2018 update. Even though games are fun COD: Warzone and Fortnite paved the way for controller parity, the industry is understandably still wary of mixing consoles and keyboard players.
But now keyboard and mouse are a native part of it Halo: The Master Chief Collection (including Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4 as of a new April 2021 patchAnd it’s not alone: every Xbox that can play the game allows you to adjust your field of view, reticle, and bind controls across multiple inputs, like any good PC-level competitive shooter should.
Not only does that mean parity with PC, but it can also make the Xbox version of it Hello: MCC preferred for some. As my colleague Tom Warren points out, it’s easier to avoid cheaters in console games:
seeing mouse and keyboard support in Halo on Xbox makes me wish Destiny 2 had this. I would immediately switch from PC, which is full of hackers, aimbots and other exploits ruining the PvP experience
– Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 7, 2021
The full patch notes also mention new accessibility options, a new game variant “Escalation Slayer”, a new map for Halo 3, and you can now easily set up your in-game chat and audio devices individually on the PC. And of course there is a new season of content called ‘Raven’. More info about that here
I played Halo with a mouse and keyboard almost from the start. The first copy I owned was the Gearbox port for PCIt has been a favorite at LAN parties for a long time. Ah, I miss LAN parties.