Unreal Tournament 3 to Feature Mouse and Keyboard Support on PS3

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Confirming widely held-expectations, Epic Games VP Mark Rein has stated on his company's forums that its PlayStation 3 version of Unreal Tournament 3--also in the works for PC and Xbox 360--will feature the option for players to use mouse and keyboard controls. This is in contrast to the game's Xbox 360 version, which is extremely unlikely to feature that option, given Microsoft's hard stance against allowing developers to use mouse and keyboard for gameplay.

"We are doing it in a way that will be balanced without feeling 'gimped' for either side," wrote Rein. "We'll also allow people to choose whether or not they want to allow mixed controller vs. keyboard/mouse games or not."

During E3, Epic announced that UT3 will release for PS3 and PC this year, with the Xbox 360 game to follow. Today's news adds to an existing desire to make the PS3 game as PC-like as possible; Epic also confirmed that players will be able to load user-made mods onto the PS3 version. Rein recently noted that Epic has had trouble getting that same feature onto the Xbox 360 version of the game, given the closed nature of Xbox Live, but that he hopes it will be somehow possible.

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    August 3, 2007 7:11 PM

    Mother. Fucker. Mods and keyboad+Mouse? I *love* Unreal tournament with a passion. To be able to play against other people, even on the pc, with no disadvantage on my widescreen hdtv? The ps3 looks much nicer.

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      August 3, 2007 7:22 PM

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        August 3, 2007 7:32 PM

        it will be interesting to see if MS caves in to get the unneutered version of UT3

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          August 3, 2007 7:45 PM

          I seriously doubt this. But as thaperfectdrug mentions, it's cool to have the pressure on them.

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            August 3, 2007 8:03 PM

            Agreed! The more pressure the better. Since I do not want to upgrade my PC, I would buy UT3 on 360 for certain if keyboard and mouse was an option.

            Epic, keep at it!

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      August 3, 2007 9:31 PM

      I can see (not) MS allowing KB/M. If you can find one with long enough USB cables or add an extender. Otherwise it is like having to sit in the very front row at the movies since they don't support Bluetooth. PS3 takes this round.

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        August 3, 2007 11:08 PM

        uh wireless usb peripherals exist....what are you talking about?

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        August 4, 2007 4:44 AM

        I bought plenty of those since they were cheap and you never know when you'll need them.
        http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10303&cs_id=1030304&p_id=2222&seq=1&format=2&style=
        1.68$each

        And yeah of course, you can plug a wireless or bluetooth mouse and keyboard in the ps3.

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        August 4, 2007 11:56 AM

        MSFT has already created a mini qwerty keyboard for the 360 controller... why wouldn't they develop and release a "360 only" wireless kb/mouse combo to retail for $60-90 bucks. Hell it'd be a damn shame for them considering how well the GH series is selling, let alone the 3 items customers are going to be picking up for Rock Band.

        Of course I think MSFT should allow other kb/mouse combos to work wirelessly with the 360, but still I'm sure they are thinking about this really hard given the update from Epic. Both a blessing and a curse...

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          August 4, 2007 4:41 PM

          The keyboard was supported since day 1 for the 360. You have always been able to plug in a keyboard. It's the mouse that they won't support or allow.

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            August 5, 2007 12:19 AM

            Keyboard has never been allowed for gameplay.

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              August 5, 2007 3:04 PM

              Yea, but only for sending messages, not gameplay (as chris mentions below).

              I agree that this is a good thing for the console business competition is win win for the consumers.

              Of course this also continues to extend the blur between PC and Consoles.

              I think next gen, Nintendo will be the only ones making a console and MSFT and Sony will be making damn near full on PC's for gaming, communication, (hopefully creating user content), media distribution, and whatever else they come up with.

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