Razer and Microsoft have announced the first wireless keyboard and mouse designed specifically for use with the Xbox One. The second generation of the Razer Turret features a tenkeyless keyboard with Razer Green Mechanical Switches, a retractable mouse board, and a wireless Razer mouse.
The Razer Turret for Xbox One connects with the console using a dongle and a 2.4GHz wireless connection. It sports an alleged battery life of 40 hours and the keyboard can be retracted for storage. If you’re a left-handed freak like yours truly, you may be out of luck though. All of the promo images indicate this is for right-handed setups only.
So, leftism aside, we’ve got a wireless keyboard and mouse combo that can be used with an Xbox One for playing console games from the comfort of your sofa. It can also be used with PCs, so there is some multifunctionality at play there.
The catch? This thing will set Xbox One users back a cool $249.99. That’s $50 more than you can currently an Xbox One S for. It seems very steep for what appears to be Razer’s entry-level wireless keyboard and mouse, although it’s got that snazzy Razer Chroma RGB lighting which I know some folks love.
I’ve messed around with the first generation of the Razer Turret and it’s incredibly uncomfortable to use for longer periods. This time around we’ve got a larger, higher quality mouse that should require less of a claw grip, as well as an adjustable palm rest that should help ease up on the wrist pressure. It still doesn’t look overly comfortably though, particularly for the mouse arm which is left dangling in mid-air.
One extra caveat is that support for mouse and keyboard in Xbox One games is very limited right now. The full list of support games comprises Warframe, Fortnite, War Thunder, Vermintide 2, Strange Brigade, Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, X-Morph Defense, Children of Morta, DayZ, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface and Wargroove. 14 games in all.
Overpriced guff? Or are we finally heading toward widespread mouse and keyboard usage on consoles?