Thanks to the versatility and precision of the mouse and keyboard, many players prefer to play on PC while owning a PlayStation 4, ignoring that even the Sony console is compatible with the “master race” controls. Although they are supported peripherals, for some reason Sony has never pushed so much on the possibility, even if the same Japanese giant recognizes how much writing messages or surfing the web from the console is quite uncomfortable for DualShock 4. Let’s see together how to configure mouse and keyboard on PlayStation 4 and which games are compatible.
How do I connect the mouse and keyboard to my PlayStation 4?
All you need to do is connect them to the USB ports , wait a few seconds for the console to recognize the peripherals and, if you wish, you can customize your preferred settings from Settings, Devices.
If you are configuring Bluetooth devices, you need to connect the adapters and wait about thirty seconds before the pair. Check in Settings, Devices after turning them on to make sure that the console has recognized the devices, the process is most of the time automatic. In case you just need to write faster , you can use the Remote Play or PS4 Second Screen application, both available for both iOS and Android devices, select the text fields and write from your smartphone.
What mice and keyboards can I play on PlayStation 4?
Fortunately, PlayStation 4 supports almost all mouse and keyboard models , whether wired or Bluetooth, the important thing is to be able to connect them via USB (even with adapters), but some keyboards are more powerful than others. We particularly recommend the Logitech K810 Bluetooth keyboard, also compatible with Windows, iOS and Android, light and comfortable, which keys have a soft pressure and rounded edges. The keyboard is also illuminated, perfect for gaming with the lights off.
We also report the Logitech G190 keyboard , a wired keyboard with programmable keys and a display capable of listing game statistics (only with compatible games) and with two integrated USB ports, so you can connect a mouse and maybe headphones. Last, even if it is not exactly a classic keyboard model for PC, we point out the particular HORI Tactical Assault Commander Pro , an officially licensed keyboard for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 including trigger keys and analog stick as well as easily remapped for the touchpad or for the Share button.
What games can I use mouse and keyboard with? Is there an adapter?
Hence, in all probability, the failure to advertise the feature: unfortunately the games supported by mouse and keyboard are very few. Among these, only a few FPS and MMORPGs appear, and some are very sought after such as Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege and Minecraft. Below is the complete list:
- Final Fantasy XIV
- War Thunder
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (keyboard only)
- Neverwinter (keyboard only)
- DC Universe Online (keyboard only)
- They Are Billions
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
It is however possible to “get around the system” and set up an additional adapter , Xim 4 , capable of simulating the commands of a DualShock 4 on your keyboard, but it is an expensive and unofficial method; still remains an emulation of the controller, however, also compatible with PlayStation 3. But be careful: some users after using Xim 4 have been banned from the PlayStation Network. And, speaking of ban, also pay attention to the use of mouse and keyboard on Overwatch . Doing so is possible, however Blizzard is explicitly against its use on consoles, as it would be an “unfair advantage” compared to classic players, and could take security measures.
Playing on PlayStation 4 with mouse and keyboard is therefore possible and, especially with the FPS of the caliber of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare , satisfying, but the risks and the limited catalog of games compatible with peripherals make it clear why Sony has never advertised the possibility. But the recent opening to cross-play and the promising potential of PlayStation 5 bodes well for a more studied and more supported future support for mouse and keyboard.