Xbox One keyboard/mouse support launches November 14

Fortnite players on Xbox One will be able to use the input of their choice very soon, as the game announced that it will support native keyboard and mouse input on the console.

The game will be available for free for Xbox Game Pass Subscribers on that date.

Initial support for the control method will begin rolling out next week, although only selected titles will be enabled at launch for Xbox Insiders.

Easier game navigation is also a part of the November update, where Xbox One search will now be expanded to include your "Ready to Install" games that exist as part of various memberships, including your EA Access, Xbox Game Pass, and other service subscriptions, which should make finding that game to play with keyboard and mouse a much simpler affair.

And Microsoft says it is partnering with gaming hardware company Razer to offer a special "Designed for Xbox" mouse and keyboard that will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Xbox One's November update has begun rolling out to users worldwide.

One of the primary reasons for this limited initial feature rollout is that it requires developers to code support for the mouse and keyboard into their titles; it's not just a switch they can flip at will. The app is also now available in beta for all Xbox owners in the U.K., too, complete with U.K. English voice recognition.

It's not just the consoles that we like to cover with our Black Friday Xbox One deals coverage. Now, Cortana will automatically discover and pair your Xbox to your mobile phone (Android or IOS) for quicker compatibility.

New Commands added: In response to fan feedback, we're adding a few new commands to both the Cortana and Alexa skill. Yes, some PC gamers like to use a controller, while some console owners actually prefer a keyboard and mouse.

The Amazon Music app is now available on Xbox One in the United States, with availability in more countries coming soon. Prime members can also use the app to stream tunes at no additional cost.

The Xbox One November Update goes live today in all regions.

  • Kara Saunders