Some gamers find that using the best keyboard and mouse as controllers with their consoles significantly increases the gaming experience. However, until recently, many consoles didn’t allow the use of such input devices. But for Xbox One users, this is no longer the case, and you don’t need to purchase a pricy third-party adapter. Below we’ll explain how to use a keyboard and mouse on an Xbox One without an adapter.
And we know that not all gamers are Xbox users. For the rivals, we have a similar article explaining how to connect a keyboard and mouse to a PS4. Unlike Xboxes, users can connect to their PS4 via Bluetooth technology. You can check out our resource on how to connect a Bluetooth keyboard.
Because Xboxes come with limited amounts of USB ports, you can buy a USB hub that adds additional ports.
The process of figuring out how to connect a keyboard and mouse to an Xbox is straightforward. All you need to do is ensure that you have the correct software and an available USB slot for each device. After updating the software, plug in your mouse and keyboard input, and you’ll be ready to go.
Once you have your keyboard connected, another helpful thing to know what to do is to disable it. We have an additional resource explaining how to disable a laptop keyboard.
Turn on your console and enter the Microsoft store. Then, find the “Xbox Insider Hub.” Then download it.
Step 2 – After installed, find the option to join the Xbox Insider Program and press “Join.”
Once you’ve joined, find the option “Insider Content.”
Find the option “Xbox One Update Preview.” Then press “Join.”
Then, enter your software update settings to confirm that your Xbox software is updated.
Plug your USB-connected mouse and keyboard into the console’s USB ports.
After plugging them in, the console should recognize the connected devices immediately.
Xbox Ones are not compatible with Bluetooth technology. Consider this before purchasing a keyboard and mouse combo for your console.
Test to make sure that the devices are working.
STAT: Standard edition Xbox One consoles come with three USB ports. (source)