When it comes to this Connecting Keyboard Mouse Console Tutorial, there is such a small line between console gaming and computer gaming, in large part to XBoxOne and Windows 10 being owned by Microsoft. That line is getting so small, it's a wonder more people do not use a keyboard and mouse on an XBoxOne or even on a PS4. This tutorial aims to show you how easy and inexpensive to do just that.
Connecting Keyboard Mouse Console Tutorial
The most obvious question that comes to most console gamers' minds is why use a keyboard and mouse, when you can just use a controller. Well there are actually a couple ways we can answer that. The first is that keyboard gaming offers more functionality. I am not saying there aren't overwhelming benefits to either, just that at some points, it's easier to hit a function key, or use a mouse macro, than trying to remember a set of button presses and joystick maneuvers.
When you use this Connecting Keyboard Mouse Console Tutorial, we are going to refer you to a few different adapters, as well as some recommended mice and keyboards. The final option will be up to you. As far as keyboards go, the top dog is the Logitech keyboard due to it's macro functions, but the mouse can go with a few different options and will depend on your personal preferences. However, you should not pick up a mouse which does not offer programmable macros. Some companies will try to confuse you, by saying they have 15 different buttons - that's all well and good, but if you cannot assign macros to them, then they are fairly useless. DPI does matter, but not as much as you might think, when it comes to gaming, it's usually used for grafix design. Since you aren't making images or painting (most likely) on your console, we don't need to worry that much about 9600 dpi.
Choosing a USB adapter
There are several adapters for you to choose from, when it comes to adding a mouse and keyboard. No matter what, you will need an adapter, no matter which keyboard or mouse you choose from.
The CronusMAX Plus for PS4 PS3 Xbox One 360 USB Sound Card Bluetooth4.0 Adapter is the first USB controller on this list. It's a USB device that acts as a go-between for a keyboard and mouse, translating it into a controller input for the console to understand. It's multi-functional, and it will even allow you to use a PS4 controller on an Xbox One or vice versa. Of course you can use your keyboard and mouse on a PS4, PS3, XBox One, or XBox 360. The manufacturer claims you can use any USB device with the CronusMAX Plus, but the lag... The lag makes may games unplayable when using wireless devices.
Next up, on our Connecting Keyboard Mouse Console Tutorial is the XIM Apex. It's a pretty ordinary-looking thing that acts as a go-between for the keyboard and mouse and translates the input signal to something your console can understand. Setup isn't super easy, but not difficult either. The XIM 4 makes it just like you're gaming on a PC. Latency is very low, but it's a bit expensive at a MSRP of $99. Additionally, there is a waiting list, unless you want to pay a bit extra to get it now.
Next up, the Titan Two. A gaming device for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Android, and Nintendo Switch! This USB adapter truly is cross-compatible, will also allow you to use a gaming controller on your PC, while still supporting the Wii and Nintendo Switch. As a bonus, you can use Steering Wheels and has some additional game modes for FPS games such as Call of Duty (COD), Overwatch, Halo, Battlefield, GTA5. You can script combos for various fighting games ie Street Fighter 5, Tekken, and then record and edit controller inputs.
If you're picking up the Titan Two, you might also be interested in the related products:
- Titan Two Expansion Kit - Add memory via Amazon | eBay
- Titan Two Connection Kit - Gold Plated Cords via Amazon | eBay
- Power Supply (Recommended) via Amazon | eBay
Finally, the last USB Adapter we tested, was the Brook Xbox One to PS4 Super Converter Gaming Adapter. Ugh. It's got support for XBox One and PS4. Also claims to work with Windows PC. Of all of our tests, this was the cheapest device, but not just the price, but also the quality. It does have vibration support, but beyond that, the lack of support for various devices, left us high and dry. We suggest avoiding this one.
This is probably the easiest part of this Connecting Keyboard Mouse Console Tutorial. Why? Because you're either going to buy a Logitech programmable keyboard, or you're not. Logitech keyboards have programmable macros you can assign to keys on your keyboard, and nothing else compares. Everything else, can have all the bells and whistles, but it means nothing in terms of gaming.
There are several Logitech keyboards you should consider but since you do not have a PC, you need one which has a display. You won't need overlays or incorporated pointing devices. For gaming, trackpads and mouse like movement knobs, are terrible. The important thing about the programmable macro keyboards is to have a display on them, so you can edit and fine tune the macros.
Why are macros important? Believe it or not, you can actually program a weapon's macro to fire and drop slightly, which will offset the weapon's recoil, allowing for tighter areas of fire. So instead of firing up, you keep a tight pattern, and shoot in front allowing for more damage to an enemy in FPS games. For RPGs, there will be repetitive moves, you will be able to streamline. For fighting games, pressing a singular key will cause a set of moves, or a special power - no more memorizing all the different keypresses.
Here's our Keyboard suggestions:
- Logitech G19 Programmable Gaming Keyboard with Color Display - Amazon | eBay
- The gold standard of programmable keyboards.
- Logitech G510s Gaming Keyboard with Game Panel LCD Screen - Amazon | eBay
- A good mid-range programmable keyboard with display.
- Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Display - Amazon | eBay
- If you don't need a full keyboard, there is nothing better. But if you're adding a keyboard, it makes sense to get a full keyboard.
- Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard - Amazon | eBay
- For the budget minded, this is an elder device, but has proven it's worth.
- TeckNet Heavy Duty Ergonomic Backlit LED Illuminated Anti-ghosting USB Wired PC Computer Gaming Keyboard with Waterproof Design - Amazon | eBay
- Honorable mention - Heavy Duty and waterproof... cause we're gamers and we fuck shit up.
So finally, we are on to choosing a mouse with this Connecting Keyboard Mouse Console Tutorial. There are several well known brands to choose from, including Logitech, Mad Catz, and Razer. I am going to mention something very important early on here - you won't need macros here. Since you do not have a computer, you will not be programming the abilities with any on-screen commands. Instead you will be choosing something which is more comfortable for you. And since we're looking for comfort, you should pick something larger or adjustable. Hand cramps are very easy, with a small mouse.
You can opt to get a trackball. The benefit, is that it doesn't move, you do not need a mouse pad nor a table for that matter (I rest mine on my belly or thigh). However the learning curve for a trackball when it comes to gaming, specifically those who use are used to mice, is severe. It took me 4 days to learn to use a trackball, and for gaming, another month to master it. I had been using a mouse upto this point since they came out.
Since we're looking for comfort I am going to point you to the Logitech trackball I am using and the Mad catz mouse which can adjust to your comfort. Like I said, there are plenty of others, but since we game for hours a day, comfort it the most important here. I have been known to put in 16-18 hour days before. The last thing to consider when it comes to mice or trackballs, is that wired, is quicker. Wireless can cause a slight lag, barely noticeable.
Comfortable mouse suggestions
For this Connecting Keyboard Mouse Console Tutorial, we recommend the following mice, for max comfort level. The last two, I made bold to point out that they are trackballs.
- Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S Gaming Mouse - Get it at Amazon | eBay
- Mad Catz R.A.T.1 Gaming Mouse - Get it at Amazon | eBay
- Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse - Get it at Amazon | eBay
- Mad Catz R.A.T.9 Gaming Mouse - Get it at Amazon | eBay
- Logitech Wireless M570 Trackball Sculpted Shape - Get it at Amazon | eBay
- Logitech MX ERGO Advanced Wireless Trackball - Get it at Amazon | eBay
Ok, so that wraps up our Connecting Keyboard Mouse Console Tutorial. We have tried to show all the options available, in terms of adapters and what we think of them, as well as our suggestions. You can probably get by with some cheaper options, but when it comes down to it,