A gamer's perspective on Sony's new FPS keyboard

An interesting idea introduced by Sony, but it isn't one worth investing in.

Sony has announced news that they are releasing a combination of a FPS keyboard and mouse for the PS4. Titled the “Tactical Assault Controller”, it will be released in November, in Japan, for ¥14,904 or around $120.

 the keyboard itself

This is an interesting new addition to PlayStation accessories. It just seems like an accessory that seems good in theory, but in reality the “Tactical Assault Controller” seems impractical and awkward.

Don’t get me wrong; there have been times where I’ve wished that my PlayStation had a keyboard. Still, these moments where far and few in number as they were only when I had to enter information to log into various accounts or use the search engine. Also it was only awkward and time consuming while playing the PS3, the PS4 really streamlined the issues with typing. It is nice that the keyboard works for both the PS3 and the PS4.

I can definitely see the reason behind this, to appeal to the multitude of Steam and PC gamers and it is a decent effort. However many gamers aren’t exactly fans of FPS keyboards in the first place and also the orientation of all of the keyboards buttons seems rather chaotic and pointless compared to the Dualshock 4 controller, which is probably the best controller released as of this generation.

dualshock 4

Look at this beautiful controller, why subsitute it for an awkward keyboard?

Am I alone in my skeptical views of the “Tactical Assault Controller” or do you gaming fans feel the same? Leave a comment and as always, for all your gaming news and articles stay tuned to GameSkinny.com. 


I'm a recent graduate from Kenyon College with an English Major, emphasis in Creative Writing, and a History Minor. I love video games passionately. I love most games, a little iffy on Sport Games. The first game I can remember playing was either Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 or the first Harry Potter computer game. The first console/gaming device I can remember owning was a Gameboy Advance and I loved my Pokemon Silver game to death.

Published Jul. 28th 2015
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Button placement could take getting used to but... yeah, no, my response to this was "****ING FINALLY!"
  • Dalton White I
    hey, to each his own. I'm just not a huge FPS, but I prefer controllers. More of a console gamer than a PC gamer.
  • Excretia
    So, I'm one of those people out there who just cannot play a first person shooter with a controller. Give me a mouse and keyboard and I am precise in my combat, however lacking the functionality in most games on the consoles, I found myself throwing aside all of my favorite games because I don't have twitch reflexes with a joypad... with my ps3 I had excitedly found the Eagle Eye which for a measly $60 I was able to interface my m/kb to my ps3 and enact my precision killing skills once more, however when the ps4 was released and with no support from EagleEye, I found myself once more to be a meat shield for my compatriots in black ops and COD... until I found the XIM4. The XIM4 allowed me the ability to once again facilitate a m/kb in my current gen gaming and utilizing a nostromo as opposed to a full keyboard and with the ability to change sensitivities on the fly as well as full button configuration through an app on eithet my iPhone or Android phones, I can happily say the $180 it cost for the interface module was WELL worth the investment because it allows me to completely enjoy my FPS games to their fullest without ending up consistently dead while fiddling with a thumb stick praying to get lucky enough to land on a torso compared to being able to choose which eyeball I want to put the bullet through in a split second with my mouse.

    For some people controllers are king, for everything else, there's mastercard. I'm glad to see they put out something like this so if my XIM breaks, I can rest assured knowing I won't have to put out 3 games worth of money to replace the playstyle.
  • Sem_6465
    Hmm very interesting, it does look like the buttons on the keyboard are all over the place, that Dpad looks inaccessible if you are using the "wasd" keys. On that note, it looks like there's no tactile bumps on the keys unlike most modern keyboards, so you have to look down to make sure you place you fingers on the right keys. On top of that it looks like some buttons are missing. I see X, O, and Triangle, but where is Square? And I see L3 but where is L1, L2, R1, R2, R3? It almost seems like a hoax... The only way this will really be worth while is if all the buttons are re mappable otherwise it won't work. Very skeptical of this.
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    Square is on the mouse! xD
  • Dalton White I
    yeah I was about to say that too, but square in on the mouse...but that seems so awkward though.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Keyboard and mouse is in a completely different league of accurate from controllers. Using this on any PS4 FPS would give you a distinct advantage. I suggest you take it if you like winning :P.
  • Dalton White I
    Lol you do have a point, I'm not a huge fan of FPS, so maybe it could give you an advantage, I think its just the arrangement of the keyboard that makes me think that it would just be awkward, I'm just used to my laptop keyboard.
  • Michael Slevin
    I don't know, a lot o people really like keyboard/mouse for shooters. It feels a lot faster in terms of reaction time. I just think the problem is PC gamers are on PC, and this seems like it's aimed at people playing PC.
  • Dalton White I
    yeah, that's definitely true. Although it could possibly be compatible with the PC and that could make some sales, I mean my friend uses a PS4 controller when playing his games on Steam.

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