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How to use a keyboard and mouse on PS4, and which games are compatible

PS4 Keyboard and Mouse

Did you know you that the PS4 is compatible with a keyboard and mouse? It is! Though you might wonder why exactly you’d want to use two external peripherals rather than using the traditional DualShock 4 controller, it does have its advantages.

What can you use a keyboard and mouse on PS4 for?

Using the DuaShock 4 controller to type or browse the web can be cumbersome, so a PS4 keyboard and mouse makes navigation a little easier. You can also use them to navigate the dashboard, use media apps, type text messages and even play some games.

There’s a few options available.

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How to set up your phone as a keyboard for PS4

First up, let’s take a look at the simplest of solutions and how to set up your phone as a keyboard for Sony’s console.

PS4 App Keyboard

1. Download the PlayStation App.

2. Ensure your phone and PS4 are on the same wi-fi network.

3. Log-in to the PSN on both your phone and PS4.

4. On your phone screen, select Use as Second Screen and click the keyboard icon.

5. Now you can message friends and text party chat with no hassle.

You won’t be able to play games this way, but you can enter messages more simply, surf the web, and use media apps.

How to set up a keyboard and mouse on PS4

If you want to go down the traditional route, then you can set up either a wired or wireless Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to connect to PS4.

For a wired keyboard and mouse:

1. Connect your keyboard and mouse via the USB ports on your console.

2. After a few seconds, the PS4 should recognize both devices.

3. Customize your setting if you wish. Go to Settings >Devices.

4. Choose to customize either your External Keyboard or Mouse.

ps4 device settings

For a wireless keyboard and mouse:

1. Connect your keyboard and mouse adapter (a wireless dongle) to the PS4 USB port.

2. You may have to wait 30 seconds while the PS4 detects your peripherals.

3. Check the settings (as with the wired version) to make sure devices are being recognized.

If you’re using a Bluetooth PS4 keyboard, simply turn it on and go to Settings, Devices and choose Bluetooth Device to pair them. They should work immediately.

playstation bluetooth devices

PS4 Keyboard and mouse compatibility

Luckily, you can use any standard keyboard and mouse either wired via USB, or through wireless Bluetooth. Some of the best PS4 keyboards that we’d recommend are:

Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810
Logitech’s wireless keyboard for PS4 is also compatible with Windows, iOS devices and Android. It’s great for chat and navigation and its lightweight means you can move around with it easily. Typing is very comfortable with keys that have soft, rounded edges, and keystrokes are nice and quiet. There’s also adjustable back-lighting which makes it perfect for gaming in low light conditions.

logitech ps4 keyboard

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Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard
If you’re serious about your PS4 gaming, and want a keyboard to take advantage of keyboard compatible PS4 games, then look no further than this wired option. There’s programmable keys, an LCD display panel for game stats (compatible games only) and two USB ports so you can connect a mouse and a headset.


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HORI Tactical Assault Commander Pro
This is the official PS3 and PS4 keyboard designed specifically for first-person shooters. It’s designed is unlike a traditional keyboard and really geared toward PS4 gamers. This compact keyboard is mapped to the analog sticks and buttons of the DualShock 4, and you can remap its keys to include functionality for the Share button or touchpad.

Hori PS4 Keypad

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How to play PS4 with keyboard and mouse

Sadly, the support for keyboard and mouse on PS4 is poor. It’s up to developers to decide whether it’s a feature worth implementing and most choose not to. There are, however, some PS4 games compatible with keyboard and mouse, including:

If you want to play PS4 games with a keyboard and mouse there aren’t many options, unless you opt for the HORI Tactical Assault Commander Pro, or an adapter.

Hopefully keyboard and mouse support for the PS5 will better when that console releases in 2020 with a range of PS5 games to support these control methods in turn.

PS4 adapters for keyboard and mouse

There’s numerous PS4 adapters on the market which connect wirelessly to your console and allow you to program your settings and keyboard. This allows you to play PS4 games like a PC player. The recommended PS4 adapters are:

  • Xim 4 adapter
  • VemonX adapter

xim 4 ps4 keyboard adapter

Using these methods you can play any PS4 game with a keyboard and mouse.

It’s important to note that PS4 games are specifically designed to be played with a DualShock 4 controller, so it’s going to be difficult to replicate the keyboard and mouse experience of a PC player to perfection.

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  • Yueying 月英

    lol stop trying to sell typewriters. nobody wants that trash round here

    • Juanfra

      why are you here then…………………………………………………

      • Yueying 月英

        to tell him. genius

    • A Wise Man of Culture

      fucking idiot keyboard and mouse are more accurate xD

      • Deanna Jane Walker

        I’m a mom of a twelve year old who recently told me he wants a keyboard and mouse for his playstation4 . Is this possible and if so would it be a good idea for me to go out and get him these? I just don’t want to waste money on them and they not be all he is expecting

        • A Wise Man of Culture

          He needs an adapter and needs to remap the keys its a little complicated because you arent supposed to use it on Consoles but the adapter is I think a Xim? or Xim4?

      • Hermione Granger

        on console no, its a waste of money. the gamepad works great and its not a extra cost.

        • A Wise Man of Culture

          not for higd end comp

  • MacDre

    Uh when i played dcuo back in like 15-16 you could def use mouse. That would be dumb if you have to do combos and look around only with keyboard or forced to use a keyboard and controller lol.

    • Jack

      stupid piece of shit.

  • drd7of14

    Hmmm…I wonder if the Hori TAC Pro works with PS4 Remote Play via PC and/or PlayStation Now on PC.

    It’d be convenient not to have a DS4 always with me computer, but instead have a kb/m controller for PC gaming and PS4 gaming ready to go.

  • Kilar Dee

    Sony would make a fortune if they implemented keyboard and mouse control on the PS. Controllers suck for FPS

  • Deanna Jane Walker

    I’m a mom of a twelve year old who recently told me he wants a keyboard and mouse for his playstation4 . Is this possible and if so would it be a good idea for me to go out and get him these? I just don’t want to waste money on them and they not be all he is expecting.

    • Juliano831


    • Rob Hertman

      You can absolutely get him an entry level wired USB KB/M pair for around $20-$25 during sales, before providing enthusiast grade stuff.

    • Hermione Granger

      somebody have probably told him its better to play with m&kb but it is not. dont waste your money, the controller is perfectly fine.

  • Treyten Carey

    Or you could download PS4MouseToController.

    Cheap and don’t need to be shipped an adapter