Console Mouse and Keyboard experience feedback

Hi! First of all, congrats to the devs on the release of the xbox version!

context: I’m coming from the PC version of the game and was looking forward to playing with mouse and keyboard on console to replace my poor PC experience (old insufficient hardware), on Xbox Series X.

I was hoping one could find the same identical experience on the platform with M&KB as the PC version, but found those details hindering that:

  • HUD size isn’t customizable, it takes a lot of screen space and can’t be click through despite being transparent. Expected to be able to swap to the current PC style HUD if desired

  • Build menu and shortcuts aren’t the same accross versions, on PC you usually tap “Q” to access age I buildings from a villager then say “Q” again to build a house. On this version you have to press “Tab” to cycle through to the build menu and then tap “Q” to access the house. Accessing each Age tabs only through “Tab” cycling. Expected to be able to use years of habit on this version, can’t customize those shortcuts.

  • Build menu and shortcuts part 2: I noticed some buildings don’t appear in the same grid spot when using the Grid Layout system. Using Abbasid as an example, House of Wisdom (Age I building / landmark) is normally placed on the letter “F” of a QWERTY or AZERTY keyboard. On this version, HoW was accessed with the Gid Key “W”, so not on the same spot in the layout. Haven’t tried other civilisations but am expecting other inconsistencies to exist now.

  • Mouse additional hardware buttons not detected, expected to be able to access mouse button 4 and 5 (and others) like in other XBOX console games allowing for mouse and keyboard, such as Halo Infinite. For reference, I was using the Logitech G603 but can’t test with any other mouse, and am assuming this issue isn’t strictly a hardware issue since it works with the same hardware in Halo as mentioned.

I have to do additional testing but I’ve noticed small details in the remappable hotkeys that I’ll post here if I can confirm them, such as “Select All X military building” hotkeys to not properly register shortcut such as “CTRL + A” even when making sure there are no conflicts across shortcut categories.

Thanks for reading, Hopefully we can get those two versions closer to one another, as seems to be the point with Microsoft “Play Anywhere” approach and “chose your own input style” that I applaud. Especially if Cloud streaming the game would allow for M&KB input, one would expect identical PC experience when playing from one instead of locally.

Have a good day!