The PS5 is a wonderful console, but if there’s one area in which it hasn’t iterated at all (somewhat disappointingly), it’s typing. Sending messages to your friends in text form is painful if you’re using the onscreen keyboard, and although the console does support voice dictation, that just isn’t enough to ensure a smooth, pain-free messaging experience.
With that in mind, there’s a good chance you might want to pick up one of the PS5 controller keyboards that are out there right now, and that’s where we come in. Pickings are somewhat slim as the console is still in its relative infancy, but if you look hard enough, you should be able to find something good. Here’s our guide to the best controller keyboards you can get for your PS5 right now.
There really aren’t too many PS5 controller keyboards on the market right now, so our top pick has to be this one from Auarte. It slots easily into the bottom of your DualSense controller, sitting comfortably underneath the peripheral while you’re gaming and allowing you easy access to the keys. It’s wireless, too, so there won’t be any trailing cables while you’re using it. The keys are sized just right that typing is a breeze; it’s never inconvenient to send messages to your friends using this keyboard. If you’re looking for a PS5 controller keyboard that’s unobtrusive and easy to use, this Auarte keyboard is your first port of call.
Another option available to you if you’re looking for a PS5 controller keyboard is this number from T opiky (it’s an odd brand name, but that’s exactly how it’s spelled). This is a smaller keyboard that attaches to your controller via screws, but don’t worry – it’s not going to cause any lasting damage to your DualSense. If you don’t like the larger, bulkier profile of the Auarte keyboard, this could be the option for you; it’s much slimmer and less obtrusive even than the Auarte option is, and that’s saying something. Brilliantly, this keyboard charges with USB-C as well, so you can use your PS5 controller charger to keep it topped up.
Believe it or not, these two models are actually the only widely-available PS5 controller keyboards on the market right now. You will see other keyboard listings on Amazon which seem distinct from the two above, but rest assured that if you inspect the images closely, you’ll find they’re actually the same models. With that in mind, we’re now going to switch up our recommendations to keyboards you can use with your PS5, at least until someone creates a brand new controller keyboard for the DualSense. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best keyboards that are compatible with the PS5!
Razer is well-known as a manufacturer of quality gaming peripherals, and one look at the Cynosa Lite will tell you why. This might be a membrane gaming keyboard, but it’s got great-quality construction, so you won’t need to worry about whether it feels good to use or not. You can connect the keyboard to your PS5 via the attached USB cable, although you should be aware that said cable is only 1.8 metres in length, so you’ll need to sit fairly close to your PS5 to use it. All in all, this is a great little gaming keyboard that works brilliantly with the PS5 and should more than suffice if you’re looking to send messages to your friends.
If you’re after something a little more ergonomic and a little less geared specifically towards gamers, then the Logitech K400 Plus should more than suffice. It’s a nifty little keyboard that comes complete with a touchpad (although this won’t simulate the touchpad functionality of your PS5, of course). The keyboard works perfectly with the PS5, and it’s wireless to boot, so you’ll be able to connect it completely without cables connecting it to the console. Logitech has a reputation for creating great peripherals, and that’s a reputation it continues with the K400 Plus, which is the most easily compatible of its keyboards when it comes to the PS5.
Mechanical gaming keyboards might be overkill when it comes to the PS5, but there are some games on Sony’s machine that support keyboard use, and when you’re playing those, there’s no better mechanical keyboard out there than the Steelseries Apex Pro. Simply put, this keyboard feels incredible to use, and it’ll never let you down when it comes to keystroke accuracy. The included screen won’t do you any favours on the PS5, but it will double as an excellent PC gaming keyboard, so there’s really nothing to complain about in this package. For an added bonus, pair it up with a Steelseries mouse to get the full effect.
Smaller form factor keyboards are taking off in a major way right now, and it’s thanks to options like the HyperX Alloy Origins Core. This TKL (ten-key-less) keyboard is tiny, but no less mighty as a result. It’s got RGB lighting, although you won’t be able to take full advantage of that without the Ngenuity software. More importantly, it just feels great to use; the keys travel well and don’t feel overly “clicky” despite featuring full mechanical switches, and typing on the Origins Core is a joy. It’s important to note that as with any keyboard, you won’t get the most out of it unless you’re playing a game that supports keyboard use, but if money is no object, this is a great little (literally) keyboard.