Although many gamers are accustomed to entering text using controller PlayStation 4 and that awkward on-screen keyboard, you can connect a physical keyboard to your PS4. In fact, you can connect a keyboard and mouse to PS4. Moreover, some games such as Final Fantasy XIV, DC Universe Online and War Thunder support keyboard and mouse play.

Connect a wired keyboard or mouse to PS4

If you’re willing to jump through a lot of hoops to get your PC keyboard or mouse to work with the PlayStation 4, you might be a bit disappointed. It’s not that hard, just plug your keyboard and/or mouse into the USB port on the front of your PS4.

Illustration of a keyboard and mouse connected to PS4
Lifewire / Miguel Co.

If you are using a keyboard and mouse, connect the mouse to a different USB port on the front of the console.

The PS4 will immediately recognize most devices and will flash a keyboard and/or mouse icon on the screen to let you know they are properly connected. Unfortunately, if the PS4 doesn’t recognize your particular brand, there’s nothing you can do about it. PS4 does not support downloading and installing mouse drivers.

What if you don’t have USB ports?

The USB ports on the front of the PS4 have many useful uses, including charging your controllers, connecting an external drive to expand your PS4’s storage, and connecting your system PlayStation VR . No worries. PS4 also supports connection USB hub to one of these ports, which can increase the number of USB devices you can plug into your console. If you want to use a wired keyboard, wired mouse and still have access to charge the controller via USB or external drive you will need a USB hub.

Connect a wireless keyboard or mouse to PS4

Connection instructions Bluetooth- a keyboard or mouse is slightly deeper than a wired one, but the process is the same as on a PC or Mac.

The PS4 should work with most wireless keyboards and mice, but you might have issues with keyboard/mouse combo devices that use a single USB transceiver to connect to a PC rather than directly via Bluetooth.

In this case, the console can only recognize one of these devices, usually the keyboard.

  1. First you need to go to your PS4 settings. This means that you need to sign in to your profile. Parameter » Settings» is second from the right in the top-level menu.

  2. In settings choose » Devices» .

  3. First option — Bluetooth devices . Click button X to select it.

    Screenshot of device settings on PS4

    Keyboard and mouse settings can be accessed from the Devices menu in the PS4 settings.

  4. You should see your Bluetooth keyboard or mouse listed. If not, follow the device’s instructions to make it «discoverable» and wait a few seconds for it to appear in the list.

  5. Just scroll down to the device name in the list and click button X to connect.

  6. If you are prompted to enter a code and you do not know it, enter «0000».

Can you change keyboard and mouse settings?

If you’re using a non-standard keyboard or left mouse, you’re not stuck with the default settings. You can customize your keyboard and mouse to suit your needs, including pointer speed. You must first be in the device settings, similar to connecting a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse:

  1. Sign in to your profile.

  2. Select Settings in the top level menu.

  3. Scroll down to Devices and press button X on the controller.

  4. Settings mice in section » Devices» will allow you to switch from a right-handed mouse to a left-handed mouse. You can also change the pointer speed to Slow , Normal or Fast .

    Screenshot of mouse pointer settings on PS4

    Setting the pointer speed will adjust the speed at which the pointer moves across the screen.

  5. Settings keyboards will allow you to select a new language if you are not using the default keyboard that matches your PS4 language settings. You can also install for parameter » Repeat key» meaning » Short» » Ordinary» or » Long» .

Parameter Key Repeat (Delay) determines how long the PS4 will wait before repeating a key when you hold it down instead of just pressing it. Key Repeat (Rate) PS4 says, how to quickly repeat a key once, that the delay timer has passed.

What can you do with a mouse and keyboard?

PS4 has a lot of great games that support keyboard and mouse. Some great examples include DC Universe Online, Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy XIV, Fortnite, Neverwinter, Paragon, Skylines, and War Thunder. So what else can be done?

  • Web browsing . You may not know this, but PS4 comes with a web browser . You can access it via Appendix libraries . If you have many games, you can filter the list by selecting Applications in the side menu. You can even watch videos from sites like DailyMotion and vimeo .
  • Find titles on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video : This makes using video streaming apps much more convenient when looking for that elusive title.

What about games that don’t support keyboard and mouse?

While only a few games directly support a mouse and keyboard connected directly to the PS4, there’s a way to make just about any game work with the setting. This requires a transform adapter such as Xim4 and IOGEAR Keymander . These adapters work by taking keyboard and mouse signals and converting them to controller signals, making the game think you are using a controller.

There is one problem: he can ban you from your favorite game .

In games such as Call of Duty and Overwatch, using a mouse and keyboard against other users who are tied to a controller can be a significant advantage and is prohibited by the developers. The games that limit the mouse and keyboard are basically no title competitive shooters and battle arena games. So be careful with this.

On the other hand, playing with a conversion adapter like the Xim4 is as easy as plugging a mouse and keyboard into a USB hub. Just plug them into the adapter, plug the adapter into your PS4 and you’re good to go.

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