Microsoft Says Mouse and Keyboard Support for xCloud is Coming

According to the head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, mouse and keyboard support is finally coming to xCloud.

Developer Q&A noticed Windows CenterJörg Neumann has confirmed that the feature will be coming to Microsoft’s cloud streaming platform, likely in the next few months.

Mouse and keyboard support has been a long-requested xCloud feature that currently only supports gamepad or touch play on mobile devices natively.

When asked if there will be new control options in Microsoft Flight Simulator once it’s released on xCloud last week, Neumann said Xbox has to implement the support itself, and they can’t do it as a standalone developer. Luckily, he seems to be on his way.

He said “The next step for us will be a mouse [and] keyboard. This is platform-level support, so it has nothing to do with us. The platform team is working on this and I can’t give a date because it’s a platform team.

“I don’t know their date, but it will happen. I would say that in the coming months. It’s not weeks. I hope it will be done by June or so, but I can never tell. Everybody wants it. I want this. It will come.”

Previously, Microsoft Flight Simulator could only be played on Xbox Series and high-end PCs, but its release on xCloud meant that the game could finally be played on Xbox One, mobile, and lower-end PCs.

In our 10/10 review, IGN said that “Unsurpassed realism and an entire planet to explore make Microsoft Flight Simulator the ultimate flight simulator.”

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally tweets @thelastdinsdale.

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