Can you use keyboard and mouse on PS4?
Yes, you can use a keyboard and mouse on PS4. You connect them through USB or Bluetooth if they are wireless. Any type of keyboard and mouse can be used on PS4. The system lets you navigate its menu and settings easily through a keyboard or mouse. Messaging teammates, navigating the systems, and browsing become easier when using a keyboard or mouse. These things are rather troublesome to do through a controller. There is a but. Only certain games let you play with a keyboard and mouse on PS4.
Most games don’t support a keyboard or mouse on their PS4 edition. It depends on the game creator and developer whether they want their game to be played on PS4 with a keyboard and mouse rather than a controller.
So except for a few games, you cannot play most games on PS4 even if you can connect a keyboard and a mouse to it.
How to connect a keyboard and mouse on PS4?
You can connect and work the keyboard and mouse on PS4 out of the box. And connecting them is pretty easy and as simple as that. Moreover, you can use a standard keyboard and mouse rather than spending additional money on such keyboards marketing “used on PS4.” There is no need to buy them when you have your own.
There are two USB ports at the front of your PS4 that you use to charge the controllers. If you are using a wired keyboard and mouse, then these are the ports you will be using to connect them. Now, plug your keyboard and mouse into those ports and wait for a moment for the system to recognize them. Then PS4 will show you a pop-up to select your profile. And after selecting your desired one, you will then be able to use your mouse and keyboard with ease.
As for wireless ones to connect through Bluetooth, put your keyboard and mouse in pairing mode. Then go to the PS4 settings and navigate to ‘Devices.’ Click on it and then click on Bluetooth devices. Clicking on it will automatically search for nearby devices. Once they are seen, click on them, and then done.
Which games support a keyboard and mouse on PS4?
Only a minority of games support the keyboard and mouse on PS4. The keyboard and mouse help better for navigating, in some precise gaming, and chatting with teammates. If you are more used to it, then connecting them on PS4 is worth it for you. However, most games don’t support them on PS4. Why is that? Developers of those games know that some games are meant to play on a controller. That way they become more challenging and exciting.
If you use a keyboard and mouse to play it, things may become a little easier for you than those who use the controller. That way you are at a biased advantage but the developers don’t want to create this advantage and disadvantage squabble. Moreover, it requires more work to have the game support both a controller and a keyboard. The PS4 is supposed to use the controller to play games. That’s why most game developers don’t support the idea of using a keyboard and mouse.
Those minority games that support a keyboard and mouse are:
- Final Fantasy XIV
- Air combat simulation
- War Thunder
- DC Universe online
- Elder scrolls online
You can see many marketing products that say that you can use your keyboard and mouse on PS4 to play any game. Yes, you can. However, it is against the game system. Even if you can play it, there is a high chance that your account will be banned sooner or later. That’s why you have to be cautious before getting into them.
Is it worth playing a keyboard and mouse on a PS4?
As we said before only a couple of games support using a keyboard and mouse on PS4. While other games won’t let you play except the controller. If you intend to play only with the keyboard and mouse, then PS4 won’t be worth it. Spending this much money on PS4 only to play three to four games is rather a waste. Unless you are willing to play both with the keyboard and controller, it is more than worth it. However, the disadvantage weighs more than the advantages of playing with only a keyboard.
If you play excellently and cannot play without a keyboard and mouse, you should build a gaming rig with an opportunity for broad game playing.
In short, playing on PS4 only with a keyboard is not a great plan unless you have the plan to play with the controllers.
Should you use a controller or keyboard and mouse?
Using a controller or keyboard and mouse goes a long way in comparison. It is not new for people to fidget when choosing either of them. Of course, it is different for many gamers who are like “get them both.” While comparing them, you can note down ergonomic ability, precision, options, form factor, speed, etc.
Keyboard and mouse offer a wide range of options. Controllers have only a few keypads and are limited between them. In shooting games, the mouse shows better precision than the controllers. When using the keyboard and mouse duo, you will have to have a good setup.
On the other hand, the controller does not need that as you can play while sitting, lying, or in any position as it will be in your hand all the time. It is small compared to that duo and has an ergonomic design.
Some games need quick clicking and speed. The keypads of the keyboard are placed far from each other which becomes a disadvantage in those games. Controllers have a compact design where keys are gathered together which makes it easier for speed clicking. It is compatible with more games than a keyboard and mouse. Controllers are easy to use because of their small size and you can change their direction or rotation any way want.
Of course in terms of more button options and precision, nothing beats the keyboard and mouse duo. A controller has a few extra features that a keyboard does not have. Both these devices have advantages of their own that make them distinctive. However, For PS4, controllers have a superior hand than KBM (Keyboard and mouse).
If you are more familiar with a controller, you should not bend to the keyboard and mouse. Because a keyboard and mouse suit best PC gamers and those who played games their whole life with it.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How to connect a wireless keyboard and mouse on PS4?
To connect a wireless keyboard and mouse on PS4, put both these devices into pairing mode. The manuals they came with will have instructions on how to put them into pairing mode. Then go to your PS4 setting. Navigate to Devices and click on it. Click on Bluetooth devices and that will automatically search for nearby devices. When you see your keyboard and mouse names on the screen, click on them. Now you will be able to use your ps4 with the connected keyboard and mouse.
- How to connect a wired keyboard and mouse on PS4?
There are two USB ports at the front of the PS4 which are used to charge Dualshock controllers. Plug your Keyboard and mouse into them and PS4 will eventually recognize them after a moment. Then on the screen, it will ask you to choose your desired association. Click on whichever you want and then it is done connecting.
- What games support a keyboard and mouse on PS4?
Not a lot of games are compatible with keyboard and mouse duo on PS4. Most games only support controllers play. Only Final Fantasy XIV, Paragon, Air combat simulation, War Thunder, DC Universe Online, Neverwinter, Elder scrolls online, etc are compatible with a mouse and keyboard.
- Is it worth playing a keyboard and mouse on a PS4?
If you plan to play on PS4 with only a keyboard and mouse, then it would be a waste. The controller is the main device to play on PS4 and supports all types of games. However, only a minority including 5 or 6 games support the keyboard and mouse on PS4. And it may happen that you won’t like all of them. It means you would spend a huge amount of money buying the PS4 only to play two or three games when you could build a decent gaming rig that ensures you play all types of games. That won’t be the case if you play with both. Most gamers have keyboards and mice and PS4 supports all standard keyboards and mice. If you can play with both controller and KBM, you are in a win-win situation. Either use only the controller, or both controller and KBM because using only KBM is definitely not worth it.
- Can I play all games on PS4 with keyboard and mouse?
No, you cannot play all games on PS4 with a keyboard and mouse. Only a few games support it and all other games do not support anything except the controller. If you use a keyboard and mouse to play it, many things may become a little easier for you than those who use the controller. That way you are at a biased advantage that the developers of those games definitely won’t allow. Except for those few games, you cannot play games on PS4 with a keyboard and mouse. These are Final Fantasy XIV, Air combat simulation, War Thunder, DC Universe Online, Neverwinter, Paragon, Elder scrolls online, etc.
Frintz is a tech maniac and has been handling tech products for a long time which helped him gain experience.