Xbox Cloud Gaming (formerly Project xCloud) is a solid alternative for those who cannot afford or get their hands on the latest gaming hardware from Microsoft. The service also allows playing next-gen games, such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, on older Xbox consoles. Microsoft constantly brings new titles and enhancements to Xbox Cloud Gaming, making the service more accessible and convenient. Future update will soon bring a much-anticipated improvement: mouse and keyboard support.
To access Xbox Cloud Gaming, users currently need a phone, PC, or console paired with a compatible controller (some games support touch controls). Microsoft wants to make Xbox Cloud Gaming available for gamers without controllers by enabling keyboard and mouse support in compatible titles. Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, revealed the upcoming change during a recent Q&A stream on YouTube.
It is worth mentioning that keyboard and mouse support will be a platform change, which means it will work in numerous Xbox games, not only Microsoft Flight Simulator. Also, considering Xbox Cloud Gaming is based on Xbox consoles, not all games will support mouse and keyboard inputs, although many titles already have the needed optimizations.
Mouse and keyboard support in Xbox Cloud Gaming is a significant improvement that will open the world of more than 100 games to more users, especially those with low-end or non-gaming computers. Just keep in mind that Xbox Cloud Gaming requires an active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and a stable Internet connection.
Unfortunately, Jorg Neumann did not provide specific dates or timelines. Microsoft will most likely test keyboard and mouse support in the Xbox Insiders program before expanding it to the public.
Those looking to try the latest generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator will be also glad to know that developers plan to implement touch-based controls. That means you will be able to play Microsoft Flight Simulator on your phone or tablet without connecting a compatible controller, which is a must for now.