Even though consoles were built around the humble controller, many of today's games actually require a keyboard and mouse to hit, what I like to call, maximum performance potential. Games such as FPS shooters and battle royales are prime examples of this ideology - profiting largely from a PC style setup.
While you can play pretty much every game with a controller, you may be putting yourself at a large disadvantage when battling against gamers that choose to use the more versatile keyboard and mouse setup. The PC combo offers a ton of features and benefits, including better control, more accuracy, and faster reflex shots whilst in the heat of battle. Furthermore, using a keyboard also provides you with much more versatility when it comes to binding buttons for in-game commands too.
That being said, many console gamers may be a little restrictive when it comes to making the big swap to keyboard and mouse - mainly because the process seems fairly difficult. Having said that, learning how to use a keyboard and mouse with a PS4 could not be easier - literally.
The following guide will be a simple tutorial on how to set your PS4 up with a keyboard and mouse, followed by some useful tips and a variety of games that (in my opinion) work better with the PC style setup.
So, let's waste no further time and dive straight into it.
How To use A Keyboard And Mouse With PS4
USB Keyboard And Mouse
As we mentioned above, the setup process for using a keyboard and mouse with a PS4 is actually incredibly easy. Simply follow these steps to set up your USB keyboard and mouse.
- Locate two available USB ports on the front of your PS4
- Once located, simply plug your keyboard and mouse into the ports
- Once plugged in, your PS4 should automatically recognize the peripherals and prompt you
- Once asked, select which profile you would like to use the keyboard and mouse with, and press OK
- That's it! You have successfully installed a keyboard and mouse into a PS4. They are ready to use, allowing you to browse the menus, internet, input text, and game with
Bluetooth Keyboard And Mouse
PS4 users that prefer to use a keyboard and mouse also have the option of using a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse as well. The following steps will help set your PS4 with Bluetooth peripherals.
- Firstly, whilst in the Dynamic Menu's Home Screen, press "UP" on the d-pad
- After doing so, select "Setting>Devices>Bluetooth Device" from the available options. At this point, the system will automatically scan for nearby Bluetooth devices
- If you have your keyboard and mouse ready to pair (you might need to consult the user manual at this stage), the PS4 will recognize the device and will confirm its pairing
- At this point, you will be prompted to select the profile you wish to use the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with, select the relevant option
- That's it! You have successfully paired your Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with your PS4, allowing you to navigate the menus, browse the web, input text, and game with
Recommended Keyboards And Mice For PS4
Luckily, you can use almost any standard keyboard and mouse with a PS4 - as long as it has either a USB connection or comes equipped with Bluetooth technology.
Having said that, below we have outlined what we believe are some of the best keyboards and mice for the job:
Best All-Round Keyboard
The Razer Huntsman Elite is one of the flagship keyboard options from Razer extensive arsenal, packing a tonne of features, excellent proprietary switches, and impressive aesthetics to the table. If you want a fantastic all-round keyboard, look no further.
Best Mechanical Keyboard
Close on Razer's tale is Corsair's K95 RGB Platinum mechanical keyboard. This keyboard provides rapid keypress, great RGB, and a build quality that is set to stand the test of time. Great for any PC or PS4 setup.
Best Bluetooth Keyboard
This might not be the most expensive wireless keyboard on the market, but it offers everything you'd need for PS4 and console gaming. With a comfortable feel, fairly light switches, and a bunch of extra features, this keyboard will not disappoint.
Best Budget Keyboard
Redragon's K552 is a bit of a favorite around the WePC studio, mainly because it offers great performance at such a low price point. Find a keyboard that offers the same number of features as the K552 at a lower cost, and you're onto an absolute bargain.
Best All-Round Mouse
Razer's Deathadder is one of the most popular gaming mice in circulation, with the V2 being the latest installment to the DA family. The latest offering brings fantastic gaming performance to the table, including one of the best sensors in the game and a brilliant design that's been a hit for years now.
Best Wireless Bluetooth Mouse
Logitech's G Pro wireless is one of the most used wireless gaming mouse available today, being used by both esports pros and hobbyists alike. Furthermore, it's one of the lightest wireless gaming mice on the market too. With an ambidextrous shape - fit to please almost any user - and equipped with one of the best sensors ever made, you can see why so many people have opted for this mouse.
Best Budget Mouse
As far as budget mice go, the Steelseries Rival 310 is hard to beat. It might not be the best mouse ever made, but for your PS4 needs, it will be more than equipped to handle everything you throw at it.
The Best Games To Play Using Keyboard And Mouse On PS4
As mentioned above, you can play pretty much every game title with a keyboard and mouse. Having said that, not all are optimized for their usage. Just take FIFA as a prime example - you'd be much better off using a controller in this scenario.
With that in mind, below we have outlined a couple of games we feel will benefit hugely from swapping your controller out for a keyboard and mouse combo:
- Call Of Duty Modern Warfare
- DOOM Eternal
- Civilization VI
- DC Universe Online
- Star Wars: Battlefront 2
So, with that being said, there is only one thing left to explore - your USB port compatibility. The PS4 console comes equipped with three available USB ports, which at first glance, seems like more than enough for your needs. However, when you factor in your external hard drive and charging your controller, it only leaves you with one available USB port. You can see what I'm getting at?
Some of you may not have two available USB ports to play with. Fear not, below we have recommended some handy USB adapters that give you the extra ports you need.
While there are a bunch of USB adapters to choose from, we decided to keep it simple with the Anker 4-port USB. This is a great tool for doubling the USB outputs of your PS4.
If you're struggling to find peripherals that best suit your specific needs, why not check out some of our other popular peripheral pages.
- Best Gaming Mice
- Best Gaming Mice Under $50
- Best Gaming Mice Under $30
- Best Left-handed Mice
- Best Lightweight Mice
- Best Gaming Keyboards
- Best Mechanical Keyboards
- Best Wireless Keyboards
So, there you have it guys, our comprehensive guide on how to use a keyboard and mouse for PS4. Thankfully, the process wasn't actually that painstaking. It was a simple case of plug and play, which we all love to see!
Having said that, we understand that issues do arise when performing simple tasks like this. So, if you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to leave a question in the comments section below. Better still, you can head over to our Community Hub where you can discuss everything console related with likeminded individuals.