Saturday February 04, 2017

Blizzard Doesn’t Want Overwatch Console Players Using Mouse-Keyboard Setups

Can I get your thoughts on console gaming with a mouse and keyboard? Because Blizzard is making it sound like it should be banned. The company is apparently lobbying for console manufacturers to either disallow mouse and keyboard entirely, or to make it "easier" for all players to adopt these optionsآ—but wait, aren't there are already licensed peripherals immediately available for anyone to buy? Maybe Blizzard should make it easier on themselves by developing for PC only.

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"The Overwatch team objects to the use of mouse and keyboard on console," Kaplan wrote. "We have contacted both first-party console manufacturers and expressed our concern about the use of mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices." Neither the PS4 nor Xbox One natively support mouse-and-keyboard setups. That means people who want to use them go out of their way to buy convertors to hook them up to their consoles. As Overwatch players on PC know, using a mouse allows for much more precise aiming than a control stick does. Since not everyone has access to a mouse on console because of the lack of native support, it creates an unfair advantage for those who cough up the bucks for a convertor.