Fortnite players on Xbox One will be able to use the input of their choice very soon, as the game announced that it will support native keyboard and mouse input on the console.
Native keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One was first introduced in September 2018, and now more and more games are moving to utilize the tool – including Fortnite.
This means Fortnite players on the Xbox One will be able to purchase a keyboard and mouse and use it as the primary input while playing the game, without any need for the controller.
PlayStation 4 users don’t have this option yet, although can use a simulated method for Fortnite on PS4, or alternatively buy third-party hardware to enable the use of mouse and keyboard.
Xbox’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb revealed that Fortnite would be on of fourteen new games to get on board with the native keyboard and mouse support, starting November 14.
The other games supporting in November will be Bomber Crew, Strange Brigade, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, War Thunder, X-Morph: Defense, and Deep Rock Galactic. Later, Children of Morta, Vigor, Warface, Wargroove, DayZ, Minion Masters, and Moonlighter will also all support native keyboard and mouse on Xbox.
Fourteen titles have announced they plan to have Xbox keyboard+mouse support including @FortniteGame, landing later this week.
— Larry Hryb @ X018 (@majornelson) November 10, 2018
Thankfully, if you are worried about matching up against keyboard and mouse players in regular Xbox lobbies, it has been confirmed that they will be put in separate playlists, not up against controller players.
To show how seriously they are taking keyboard and mouse support, Xbox have also teamed up with Razer to release a wireless keyboard and mouse, compatible with the console.
There will be increased calls from PlayStation 4 players now to have similar support on the rival console, following Xbox’s announcement.
Meanwhile, Xbox players who don’t won’t the hassle of trying to edit builds quickly and other downsides of using controllers on Fortnite, now have a viable alternative option to switch to keyboard and mouse, without having to purchase a whole PC setup.