Mouse and Keyboard on Console Gaming: Cheating?
Recently a topic has come up and has sparked a major debate online. Is using mouse and keyboard on console gaming cheating? It all started on a Blizzard battlenet forum where a few players voiced their opinion on if using mouse and keyboard is cheating on competitive play. Then it took a major turn when Blizzard chimed in, saying they do consider it cheating, and if they could they'd ban them. This comment came from the director of Overwatch, Jeff Kaplan, stating:
“ The Overwatch team objects to using mouse and Keyboard on console
We have contacted both first-party console manufacturer and expressed our concerns about the use of mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices. We have lobbied and will continue to lobby for our first-party console manufacturer to either:
To disallow mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices
Openly and easily support mouse and keyboard for all players
I encourage you to reach out to hardware manufacturers and Express your concerns(but please do in a respectful and productive way)”.
Microsoft doesn't support mouse and keyboard at all, but Phil Spencer recently hinted that they should expect platform support in the coming months. Most games don't support mouse and keyboard, but many players use a third party to allow mouse and keyboard play. Blizzard has openly said this is something only to worry about if you're playing in the top 500 competitive players. Many players are still divided, saying they shouldn't have to change their game style to something that isn't supported at all.
From the looks of it right now both Microsoft and Sony aren't going to make any changes anytime soon. To give you an example of how much this could impact online gaming, a few months back Gears of War 4 held a cross platform co-op play as a test to see how they could implement more cross platform play in the future. From the results they got back it was a big game changer and mouse and keyboard had a the upper hand.
This is definitely an interesting debate and I'd love to hear your input on this let us know in the comments below!