Overwatch has been a smash success, and arguably one of the most successful shooters of all time, and it’s less than a year old. So naturally there are still issues and concerns to be worked out revolving around the game itself.
One of those concerns involves console players (PS4, XBOX One), using a keyboard and mouse to give them a slight advantage over their opponents. This issue is causing concern in competitive circles, even including eSports online tournaments.
A mouse and keyboard used on a console can create a more precise and steady control configuration that can give a player an unfair advantage over a handheld analog stick controller.
Overwatch director, Jeff Kaplan has addressed the topic of keyboard/mouse console use and has made it very clear that he objects to it.
Kaplan discussed the issue on Battle.net and even discussed the studio’s action towards stopping this unfair advantage.
Blizzard has reportedly reached out to the companies that have developed these console keyboard/mouse controllers:
We have contacted both first-party console manufacturers and expressed our concern about the use of mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices.
And has offered two choices to the manufacturers:
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).
Hopefully this issue is resolved soon, so all players are playing on an even playing field.