Console gamers should request for mouse and keyboard bans from Sony and Microsoft, says Overwatch director

By Kin Boon on Feb 6, 2017

Hero shooters are gaining traction nowadays, with Overwatch setting the standards in the genre due to its popularity, playerbase, and positive reviews. These games are generally played on PC, but console players get to enjoy Blizzard’s latest IP as well. With that said, it’s not all sunshine on roses for them as the playing field weren't always balance with certain players using keyboard and mouse to gain rank. This prompted Overwatch director, Jeff Kaplan to urge console players demand for mouse and keyboard bans from the likes of Sony and Microsoft.

We have contacted both first-party console manufacturers and expressed our concern about the use of mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices. We have lobbied and will continue to lobby for first-party console manufacturers to either disallow mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices or openly and easily support mouse and keyboard for all players. I encourage you to reach out to the hardware manufacturers and express your concerns (but please do so in a productive and respectful way).

The comment was made in a thread on Overwatch Battle.net forums claiming the majority of high-level players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One use converters like XIM to use a keyboard and mouse, and asking for Blizzard’s official stance on whether this qualifies as cheating.

Despite the game having a large playerbase on both consoles, it seems unlikely that Sony and Microsoft will dabble on this matter. Maybe Blizzard can update the console versions with a detector that bans input converter, although it would have been done already if it’s as easy as it sounds. Or they can just enable cross-play between PC and consoles, while allowing full support for whichever control method players prefer to use. Either way, you can expect Blizzard to tackle this problem one way or the other, given their proven track record in dealing with cheaters.

Source: VG 24/7

Kin Boon
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Overwatch
Release Date:
24 May 2016
Published by:
Blizzard Entertainment
Developed by:
Blizzard Entertainment
Genre:
Team Based First Person Shooter
Overwatch
Release Date:
24 May 2016
Published by:
Blizzard Entertainment
Developed by:
Blizzard Entertainment
Genre:
Team Based First Person Shooter
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