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Xbox Series X Beta Testers Get a Taste of Mapped Keyboard Keys

The Xbox Series X can have keyboard keys and shortcuts

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
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UNITED STATES: Microsoft is taking another step towards enhancing accessibility and versatility on the Xbox Series X platform by introducing the ability to map keyboard keys on controllers.

Currently available in beta to Xbox Insider members, this new functionality opens up exciting possibilities for gamers, although it is currently limited to the Xbox Adaptive Controller and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2.

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The announcement came through the Xbox Insider Alpha patch notes, outlining the process for Xbox Insiders to utilize the new feature. 

By accessing the Xbox Accessories app, users can create or edit profiles and select controller buttons to map keyboard keys and shortcuts. The options include mapping keys as either Primary or Shift and exploring the new Key tab for further customization.

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However, it’s important to note that this beta feature does have some limitations. Each controller button can only be mapped to a single key, along with any combination of modifier keys like Win, Shift, Ctrl, and Alt.

For example, mapping Ctrl+Alt+W is possible, but not Ctrl+Alt+W+E. As the feature is still in beta, it remains limited and game-dependent, and not all keyboard commands are available for mapping at this stage.

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Additionally, beta testers have reported a minor glitch where some titles may display a “trial” tag if keyboard functionality is claimed but not offered in certain games.

The “learn more” button related to the feature is currently non-functional, but this is expected to be resolved in the upcoming days as Microsoft continues to refine the system. One question that remains unanswered is how this new functionality will impact some of the best Xbox Series X games.

If fully released and supported, the ability to utilize keyboard key presses and shortcuts could potentially revolutionize the gaming experience for users, offering greater flexibility and customization.

The extent to which developers will integrate keyboard mapping into their games is yet to be seen, but if widely adopted, it could significantly change how players interact with titles on the Xbox Series X platform.

Gamers may find themselves empowered with more control options, especially in complex games that benefit from additional input possibilities.

While the beta test is currently limited to the Xbox Adaptive Controller and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, players using the standard Xbox Wireless Controller are hopeful that they will also be able to access this feature in the future.

Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility and user-centric design makes it likely that they will aim to expand this functionality to as many users as possible.

As the beta testing continues and feedback from Xbox Insiders pours in, Microsoft will likely fine-tune and improve the keyboard mapping feature, ironing out any issues and expanding support to more controller types.

For now, the gaming community eagerly awaits the full release of this exciting addition to the Xbox Series X ecosystem, looking forward to a more versatile and accessible gaming experience on their beloved console.

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