If you are as old as me, you grew up in the days of Spectrum, Commodore Amiga and Amstrad gaming back in the late 80s and early 90s. This was way back before the console started to dominate the gaming market, can you remember how most games were played back then?

How To Connect A Keyboard And Mouse To PlayStation 4
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I can with a keyboard and mouse…. for those of new to this concept yes, a mouse and keyboard! There were of course joysticks the precursor to the modern game-pad, but most games required some keyboard use and mouse use to get precise control.

Moving on to the 21st century and in particular the Sony PlayStation 4, believe it or not this console the world’s best seller right now works with a mouse and keyboard. This makes using a web browser much easier to control and typing super fast, no more getting frustrated with the on-screen keyboard.

You Can Play Games

And there’s more! There are a few games which support the use of a mouse and keyboard with one such game being Final Fantasy XIV. Why don’t game developers make this clear … well they want their games to be as difficult as possible, using a game-pad adds to this difficulty where as a mouse and keyboard could give you an unfair advantage in a sniper situation playing the likes of Call of Duty.

How to Connect a Mouse and Keyboard to Your PlayStation 4

Personally I have opted for a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, but you can use USB if that is what you have. Follow these simple steps and you will soon be playing and controlling your PS4 with style.

  1. If you’re using a USB keyboard and mouse, connect to the USB port on the front of your console.
  2. If using a winless dongle connect it to the USB port instead.

You will have to wait for a few seconds, but it will soon be working and you will be able to traverse the PS4s interface with ease.

What if you have a wireless Bluetooth mouse and Keyboard? Follow these instructions and you too will soon be traversing your consoles interface, but from further away if you choose to.

  1. Go to the “Settings” screen on the PS4 dashboard.
  2. Select “Devices” and then “Bluetooth Devices”.
  3. Place your keyboard or mouse into pairing mode (You may have to repeat this step for each device) When complete it should appear on screen for your PS4 to connect to.

That’s not all carry on reading…

If you would like to customize the settings for your newly connected devices here’s how.

  1. Again go to the “Settings” screen and select “Devices”.
  2. Now select either “External Mouse” or “Keyboard”

Further options allow you to choose what type of keyboard and key delay rates. For mouse you can select whether it is left or right handed and how fast the on-screen pointer moves.

And that is it, you are done you can now use a keyboard and mouse to operate and play “some” games on your PlayStation 4.