With Overwatch on console, players have been hoping to use a keyboard and mouse to play the game at its full potential over the years, but Blizzard has never allowed it since it would give an unfair advantage. However, in Overwatch 2, with screenshots running about, console players saw options for KB/M keybinds. In this guide, we’ll be going over how you can play Overwatch 2 with keyboard and mouse on your console.
Playing Overwatch 2 With Keyboard & Mouse on Console
We’re tired of constantly being matched against PC players only to get ruthlessly destroyed by the much more precise aims players are able to exhibit due to, let’s face it, superior input methods. So, we went around connecting our USB peripherals to our mouse and keyboard to figure out if mouse and keyboard work on a console.
Connecting our keyboard and mouse conventionally bore no real fruit. Overwatch 2 on console, both PS and Xbox does not detect the keyboard as a valid form of input. You cannot chat with your friends with a keyboard, use the mouse to navigate, open menus, or even bind keyboard keys to your console.
In essence, it seems like keyboard and mouse support isn’t built into Overwatch 2. But, we’ve heard from many-a-player, that Overwatch 2 does support keyboard and mouse on console given that you play with players who are on PC too.
Join a PC Player’s Lobby
We created our own cross-platform lobby by partying up with a few friends on PC. In fact, our console was the only one that had a controller attached to it. Everyone else was on PC and was using a keyboard and mouse. Connecting our keyboard and mouse led to no difference.
Simply put, you cannot connect your keyboard and mouse in Overwatch 2 and play the game in any situation whatsoever. This is quite unfair. Firstly, PC players can connect controllers to their setups to get a more console-like experience.
But, what’s more infuriating is that mixed-matchmaking pools often place you against keyboard and mouse (PC players), even when you are on console. So, you end up with an inherent disadvantage and with seemingly no way to quash it since you cannot use the same input methods yourself.
Buy an XIM Keyboard/Mouse Controller Adapter
Now, if you’re not satisfied with the above solution and would like to keep your KB/M privileges at all times. You can go ahead and buy yourself a Beloader Pro for 60 bucks. What this device is going to do is make the console think you’re still using a controller which will essentially allow you to play the game without having to switch over constantly.
The community deems this as a bit of a salty move, and prepare yourself for a lot of toxicity as you start using a KB/M. We personally do not recommend using the adapter as it can be considered cheating and you can risk having your account terminated.
The year is 2022, and Overwatch 2 still hasn’t introduced official support for KB/M on console. The fact that you will be put into games where you simply won’t be able to match up against PC players because of your choice of input method is infuriating to say the least.
However, here’s to hoping that Blizzard ends up adding this feature for console players to even the odds in the foreseeable future. Until then, you might have to invest in a gaming rig to make the most out of Overwatch 2 and its demand for precision.
You actually can use mouse & keyboard on console with OW2. I do it on my Xbox Series S all the time.
Take a look at my post on reddit about it 🙂
Hey Luis, hope you are doing well.
We’ve tested this on our console (Xbox) and were unable to get this up and running. The Reddit thread too mentions that it’s a half-baked experience. Therefore, we felt like it’d be disingenuous to include it as a feature at its current stage.