Sometimes that classy PlayStation controller just doesn’t cut it for certain games, particularly first-person shooters.
Sure, you might be used to it if you’ve been a hardcore console enthusiast, but if you’re a heavy PC user with an open mind to consoles as well, you might want to take the classical keyboard and mouse combination to the PS4 as well.
The PlayStation 4 generously supports both USB and Bluetooth keyboard and mice. Here’s a small guide to get your keyboard and mouse operating with your new shiny console:
Connecting a USB Keyboard and Mouse
If you’re opting for wired technology, then you will need to insert the USB plugs inside the PS4’s sockets in the front of the console.
If your device is plug-and-play compatible (most modern keyboard and mice are), the system will automatically recognize them.
It will then ask you to link a specific profile with the controls. Choose the associated profile, and you should then be able to navigate the console’s OS from the keyboard and mouse as well, and also get it to work in games.
Connecting a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse
Connecting a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse to your PS4 will require some activation in the settings, but it has the perks of being wireless. From the Dynamic Menu’s Home Screen, press UP on the d-pad.
Head to [Settings] > [Devices] > [Bluetooth Devices]. Make sure your keyboard and mouse devices are on, so they can be recognized by the console.
Once the console recognizes them, connect to it, and follow the usual procedure of entering a pass-key (if required). Consult the Bluetooth device’s manuals if you are unsure of the procedure.
The PS4 will then fully recognize the device and its function, and will ask you to associate it with a profile. Do so, and you will then be able to use your keyboard to navigate the console’s menus.
Changing Key Assignments
You can change the settings of the keyboard by going to [Settings] > [Devices] > [External Keyboard].
Variables like language, key repeat delay, and key repeat rate can be adjusted here according to your choice.