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You can now play every classic Halo on Xbox with a mouse and keyboard

Today, you can fire up an Xbox game console and play Halo with a mouse and keyboard. It’s hard to believe I’m writing those words.

Five years ago, I asked a small room of first-party Xbox devs how they felt about supporting mouse and keyboard (now that their boss Phil Spencer ), but they were seriously skeptical. for the Xbox One to get even a handful of keyboard and mouse titles in a November 2018 update. Even though games and have paved the way for controller parity, the industry is still understandably wary about mixing console and keyboard players.

But now, keyboard and mouse is a native part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection (including Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4) , and it’s not alone: every Xbox that can play the game will let you adjust your field of view, crosshairs, and bind controls across multiple inputs, like any good competitive PC-grade shooter should.

Not only does that mean parity with PC, but it might actually make the Xbox version of Halo: MCC preferable for some. As my colleague Tom Warren points out, it’s easier to avoid cheaters in console games:

also mention new accessibility options, a new “Escalation Slayer” game variant, a new map for Halo 3, and you can easily set your in-game chat and audio devices separately now on PC. And of course, there’s a new season of content dubbed “Raven.” .

Me, I’ve played Halo with a mouse and keyboard almost since the beginning. The first copy I owned . It’s been a longtime favorite at LAN parties. Ah, do I miss LAN parties.

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