Monday, June 25th 2018

Microsoft and Razer Collaborating on New Gaming Keyboards and Mice for Xbox

Microsoft has been in and out of the PC gaming peripherals business with its Sidewinder family, and is heavily invested in gaming with the Xbox console and its ecosystem. The company is looking to expand the functionality of the console to bring more PC-like input to the console for certain game genres that cannot be played well with a gamepad or an Xbox controller. RTS games, for example, require rapid, high-precision pointing, and dozens of macros quickly accessible via a keyboard. Microsoft seems to have decided that it's time Xbox has proper keyboard+mouse input, and so it's collaborating with Razer to design new peripherals.

Microsoft already shared the implementation plans of bringing keyboard+mouse input to the Xbox platform, with game developers earlier this year, so they could either retrofit their released titles, or develop future titles with it (and work on ports of popular RTS games that are exclusive to the PC). This includes two new APIs for the console - "Windows.Input.Devices" and "Windows.UI.Core.CoreWindow," which brings a semblance of the UWP to the console. It also proposed new multi-player matchmaking rules to ensure players with keyboards+mice don't get into lobbies with players that have controllers, and end up with an advantage in genres such as FPS. Razer's Xbox peripherals could be both cost-effective keyboards and mice sold separately from each other; or contraptions such as the Razer Turret, which combine a keyboard, mouse, and mousepad into a single, living room-friendly, wireless device that you can put on your lap. Since UWP on the Xbox also paves the way for certain non-gaming apps, one can expect Razer to bring Synapse and Chroma to the platform.
Source: Windows Central
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9 Comments on Microsoft and Razer Collaborating on New Gaming Keyboards and Mice for Xbox

#1
Gungar
People still buy Crapzer gear? exclude chinese brands they are the worse quality wise by far.
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FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Wonder if it will work with the Steam Link too.
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Jermelescu
Gungar, post: 3861064, member: 163163"
People still buy Crapzer gear? exclude chinese brands they are the worse quality wise by far.
I disagree, over the past 11 years I haven't had any issues with my Razer gear, even though back in the day I was raging a lot.
But I've had plenty of issues with Microsoft, Logitech and SteelSeries mice.
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Lowman316
Jermelescu, post: 3861121, member: 102004"
I disagree, over the past 11 years I haven't had any issues with my Razer gear, even though back in the day I was raging a lot.
But I've had plenty of issues with Microsoft, Logitech and SteelSeries mice.
I agree to disagree. I had 3 Razr Mice. All 3 of them failed shortly before or after being out of warranty. Since then i had a Steelseries for 3 years with no such problems and a Logitech that now had its 2nd birthday with no problems at all. There may be some things Razer
is / was good in. It for sure wasn't my Imperator mice.
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#6
Gungar
Lowman316, post: 3861186, member: 45820"
I agree to disagree. I had 3 Razr Mice. All 3 of them failed shortly before or after being out of warranty. Since then i had a Steelseries for 3 years with no such problems and a Logitech that now had its 2nd birthday with no problems at all. There may be some things Razer
is / was good in. It for sure wasn't my Imperator mice.
Same 3 razer with each its own problems. (one time the laser, one time the left button and the last one just stopped working)
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#7
Fx
I've bought Razer keyboards and mice two times over the years and sent them back based upon my overall impression of the products. I've no idea how good the quality is.

Logitech make good mice, but I left them once they started designing them to look like transformers. Currently using a Mionix mouse and on my second Deck keyboard over a span of 9 years.
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#8
TheMailMan78
Big Member
I have a Razor Blackwidow and its been great.
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#9
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
I remember when Sidewinder was some serious gear to get.

Now razer :laugh::roll::kookoo:
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