Conventional wisdom is that you can't use a mouse on the Xbox 360 (you can use a keyboard though). XNA Game Studio claims not to support it for example. (has anyone tested it? I should probably ask on stackoverflow)

However, this support page claims that "Most USB mouse devices and USB keyboards" ... "are compatible with the Xbox 360".

Also, the Microsoft Wired Desktop 600 Keyboard & Mouse page claims

Mouse Features

  • Great for Gaming - Xbox 360 Compatibility
    Perfect for texting and accessing playlists.

Is this for real? Will the mouse do anything when plugged into the 360?

  • Reading the line on the Wired Desktop 600. I'm wondering if the mouse line is just in the wrong place or something. I know you can use keyboards for text input and messaging, so the texting makes sense for the keyboard, but not at all for the mouse. Commented May 10, 2011 at 10:38
  • @Blake: yes I had the same thought. I'm just hoping I'm wrong and there is some way to use the mouse :)
    – Hugh Allen
    Commented May 10, 2011 at 11:23

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In regards to direct mouse input: No. Mouse input is not supported. Other than plugging it in and trying, I would say it does nothing and can think of nowhere on the interface that it would do anything.

I could find nothing on Xbox Support's site, but did get a response from their Twitter support @xboxsupport

Mouse input is not supported for the Xbox 360


Apparently, Yes. However, I have not heard of direct mouse input without some sort of interface between the mouse. Two products I've heard of that accomplish this:

  • XIM3 seems to be the latest one released. There is some news although it seems it's out of stock. The Amazon reviews on it seem fishy.
  • A company called XCM makes a line of accessories called XFPS.

I have no experience with either of the above.

  • Those hardware adapters translate mouse motion into (virtual) thumbstick movement. I'm talking about plugging a mouse directly into the 360's USB port.
    – Hugh Allen
    Commented May 10, 2011 at 11:17

Ive tried various wireless and wired mouse sets and nothing happens... Havent tried keyboards though. 'Benny Fish' is correct, the "smart Glass' xbox360 smartphone app is excellent, your phone becomes a keyboard AND a mouse....well worth a look in


I have the wireless keyboard and mouse set. They are the wireless keyboard and mouse 2000v. The keyboard has great compatibility, but the mouse does nothing. There are 2 options for a mouse. First, is the xbox smartglass app for your phone, and the other being just a regular xbox controller. I only use my keyboard for internet explorer, and it makes no sense that the mouse wouldn't work. Hope this helps.

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    Hmm, I read twice and still not sure what are you trying to say. Could you reformat your answer ?
    – Michel
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 23:10

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