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Disambig.png This article is about the non-VR controls. For the VR controls, see Virtual Reality Controls.

The subject of this article is from the Visions update.
The information from this article is up-to-date as of 13 August, 2019.

The following tables show the default controls when playing on the Playstation 4 as well as when using a keyboard, Xbox Controller, or Steam Controller on the PC.

Note: The tables below are incomplete, please help expanding it.

On Foot[edit | edit source]

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Tag Marker KEY.E.png PSBUTTON.SQUARE.png XBOXBUTTON.X.png
Action.forward.png Move Forward KEY.W.png PSBUTTON.LS.png XBOXBUTTON.LS.png
Action.back.png Move Backward KEY.S.png PSBUTTON.LS.png XBOXBUTTON.LS.png
Action.left.png Strafe Left KEY.A.png PSBUTTON.LS.png XBOXBUTTON.LS.png
Action.right.png Strafe Right KEY.D.png PSBUTTON.LS.png XBOXBUTTON.LS.png
Action.interact.png Perform Interaction KEY.E.png PSBUTTON.SQUARE.png XBOXBUTTON.X.png
Action.melee.png Melee Attack KEY.Q.png Psbutton.r1.png Xboxbutton.rb.png
Action.scan.png Perform Scan Key.c.png Psbutton.l3.png XBOXBUTTON.LSPUSH.png
Action.torch.png Activate Torch KEY.T.png - -
Action.binoculars.png Analysis Visor Key.f.png Psbutton.l2.png Xboxbutton.lt.png
Action.zoom.png Zoom Key.mouseright.png PSBUTTON64.R3.png XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH.png
Action.showhud.png Show HUD Key.h.png Psbutton.dpadleft.png Xboxbutton.dpadleft.png
Action.jump.png Jump (Jetpack) Keywide.space.png Psbutton.cross.png XBOXBUTTON.A.png
Action.run.png Run Keywide.shift.png PSBUTTON64.R3.png XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH.png
Action.shoot.png Fire Weapon Key.mouseleft.png Psbutton.r2.png Xboxbutton.rt.png
Action.grenade.png Activate Alt Weapon Key.mouseright.png Psbutton.l1.png Xboxbutton.lb.png
Action.reload.png Reload Weapon Key.r.png PSBUTTON.SQUARE.png XBOXBUTTON.X.png
Action.changeweapon.png Switch Weapon Mode KEY.G.png Psbutton.triangle.png XBOXBUTTON.Y.png
ACTION.QUICKMENU.png Quick Menu Key.x.png Psbutton.dpaddown.png Xboxbutton.dpaddown.png
ACTION.BUILD.png Build Menu KEY.Z.png PSBUTTON.DPADUP.png XBOXBUTTON.DPADUP.png
ACTION.PICKUP.png Pick Up Technology
(Deconstruct)
KEY.MOUSEWHEEL.png PSBUTTON64.R3.png XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH.png
Switch Alt Weapon KEY.MOUSEWHEEL.png PS.WHITE.CIRCLE.png XBOXBUTTON.B.png
Place Custom Marker
Inventories KEYWIDE.TAB.png PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD.png XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK.png
Report Offensive or Inappropriate Base
Discoveries / Options
Toggle Text Chat
Send Chat Message
Advanced Mode Menu
Increase Terrain Beam Size
Decrease Terrain Beam Size
Rotate Terrain Edit Plane Left
Rotate Terrain Edit Plane Right
Hold to Paste (Text Chat)
Confirm Paste (Text Chat)
Toggle Auto Walk
Point to Move
Skip
Confirm (Menus)
Next Survey Mode
Previous Survey Mode
Back
Outdated entries, kept for potential future reference
Action.swimup.png Swim Up Keywide.space.png Psbutton.cross.png XBOXBUTTON.A.png
Action.swimdown.png Swim Down KEY.Q.png Psbutton.l1.png Xboxbutton.lb.png
STAR.png Discard Item Key.mousemiddle.png ? XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH.png

Quick Menu (On Foot)[edit | edit source]

Icon Action PS4 PC Xbox Steam Updated to
Beyond

Flight Controls[edit | edit source]

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Action.shipthrust.png Thrust KEY.W.png Psbutton.r2.png Xboxbutton.rt.png
Action.shipbrake.png Brake KEY.S.png Psbutton.l2.png Xboxbutton.lt.png
Action.shipboost.png Boost Keywide.shift.png Psbutton.circle.png XBOXBUTTON.B.png
STAR.png Turn Left Key.blank.png ? ?
STAR.png Turn Right Key.blank.png ? ?
Action.shiprollleft.png Roll Left KEY.A.png Psbutton.l1.png Xboxbutton.lb.png
Action.shiprollright.png Roll Right KEY.D.png Psbutton.r1.png Xboxbutton.rb.png
Action.shipenterexitland.png Exit Ship KEY.E.png PSBUTTON.SQUARE.png XBOXBUTTON.X.png
Action.shipland.png Initiate Landing KEY.E.png PSBUTTON.SQUARE.png XBOXBUTTON.X.png
Action.shipfire.png Fire Weapons Key.mouseleft.png Psbutton.cross.png XBOXBUTTON.A.png
Action.shipchangeweapon.png Change Weapon Mode KEY.G.png Psbutton.triangle.png XBOXBUTTON.Y.png
STAR.png Free Look KEYWIDE.ALT.png Psbutton.rs.png ?
Action.shipscan.png Scan Key.c.png Psbutton.l3.png XBOXBUTTON.LSPUSH.png
Action.pulsedrive.png Pulse Engine Keywide.space.png Psbutton.r1.png Hold Xboxbutton.lb.png&Xboxbutton.rb.png
STAR.png Next Target Key.dot.png Psbutton.dpadright.png Xboxbutton.dpadright.png
STAR.png Previous Target Key.comma.png Psbutton.dpadleft.png Xboxbutton.dpadleft.png
STAR.png Closest Target Key.mousemiddle.png ? XBOXBUTTON.DPADUP.png
Action.galacticmap.png Galactic Map Key.m.png Psbutton.dpaddown.png Xboxbutton.dpaddown.png
Takeoff Hold KEY.W.png Hold Psbutton.r2.png Hold Xboxbutton.rt.png
Skip information Hold KEYWIDE.TAB.png ? Hold XBOXONE.WHITE.BACK.png
Inventories KEYWIDE.TAB.png PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD.png XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK.png

Quick Menu (Ship / Exocraft)[edit | edit source]

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Inventories KEYWIDE.TAB.png PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD.png XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK.png

Exocraft[edit | edit source]

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Action.right.png Accelerate KEY.W.png ? Xboxbutton.rt.png
Action.left.png Reverse Key.blank.png ? ?
STAR.png Jump Keywide.space.png ? XBOXBUTTON.A.png
Action.shipbrake.png Brake KEY.S.png ? Xboxbutton.lt.png
Action.shipenterexitland.png Exit Exocraft KEY.E.png PSBUTTON.SQUARE.png XBOXBUTTON.X.png
Action.shoot.png Fire Key.mouseleft.png ? Xboxbutton.rt.png
Action.shipchangeweapon.png Switch Weapon Mode KEY.G.png ? XBOXBUTTON.Y.png
Action.shipscan.png Scan Key.c.png ? XBOXBUTTON.LSPUSH.png
Action.shipboost.png Boost Keywide.shift.png ? Xboxbutton.lb.png
Action.jump.png Vertical Thrust Keywide.space.png ? XBOXBUTTON.A.png
STAR.png Horn KEYWIDE.CTRL.png ? XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH.png
STAR.png Place Checkpoint KEY.V.png ? Xboxbutton.rb.png
STAR.png Delete Checkpoint KEY.B.png ? XBOXBUTTON.B.png
Inventories KEYWIDE.TAB.png PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD.png XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK.png

Galactic Map[edit | edit source]

Action PC PS4 Xbox
Destination KEY.Q.png KEY.E.png Psbutton.dpadleft.png Psbutton.dpadright.png Xboxbutton.dpadleft.png Xboxbutton.dpadright.png
Filter Action.forward.png Action.back.png PSBUTTON.DPADUP.png Psbutton.dpaddown.png XBOXBUTTON.DPADUP.png Xboxbutton.dpaddown.png
Scan Discoveries KEYWIDE.TAB.png ? XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH.png
Select nearest
(after scanning started)
? Psbutton.l1.png ?
Deselect current system Key.mouseright.png ? XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH.png
Select next system ? Psbutton.rs.png XBOXBUTTON.RS.png
Leave Key.m.png Psbutton.options.png XBOXONE.WHITE.START.png
Free camera Key.mouseright.png Ps.white.circle.png XBOX.WHITE.B.png
Free camera
Select my location Key.mouseright.png ? XBOX.WHITE.B.png
Select targeted system Key.mouseleft.png ? XBOX.WHITE.A.png
Select targeted system
Warp Key.mouseleft.png ? XBOX.WHITE.A.png
Set waypoint Key.f.png ? XBOX.WHITE.X.png
Deselect Key.mouseright.png ? XBOX.WHITE.B.png

Photo Mode[edit | edit source]

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Inventories KEYWIDE.TAB.png PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD.png XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK.png

Photo Mode (Menu)[edit | edit source]

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Inventories KEYWIDE.TAB.png PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD.png XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK.png

Building Mode[edit | edit source]

Icon Action PS4 PC Xbox Steam Updated to
Beyond

Menus[edit | edit source]

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Inventories KEYWIDE.TAB.png PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD.png XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK.png

General controls (Outdated, kept for potential future references)[edit | edit source]

These are always available from the same controls.

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Inventory KEYWIDE.TAB.png PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD.png XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK.png
Options Key.esc.png Psbutton.options.png Xboxbutton.start.png
Log Key.p.png ? ?

Additional information[edit | edit source]

  • The Steam Overlay allows to take screenshots, using F12 (PC) by default.
  • On PC the controls in the Quick Menu can be bound to KEYWIDE.0TO9.png, this can be set up by pressing KEYWIDE.CTRL.png & KEYWIDE.0TO9.png on a certain action.
  • On PC pressing the Reset to default option in the Options/Controls menu will not reset the bound controls in the Quick Menu.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Release history[edit | edit source]

  • Release - Introduced to the game.
  • Release 1.07 - PC: Fixed the X key size on the Galactic Map.
  • Foundation 1.12 - PC: Remapping of the build menu and quick menu commands are allowed to support Azerty keyboards.
  • Foundation 1.13 - PC: Removed Up, Down, Left, Right as quick menu navigation keys to allow left handed players to move while using the quick menu. Page Up and Page down can now be used to navigate up and down in the quick menu. Steam Controller: Fix for not being able to warp.
  • Pathfinder - PC: Escape key now goes directly to the quit Options page. Steam Controller: Mapping improved and expanded.
  • Pathfinder 1.23 - Steam Controller: Enabled in base reporting and Steam Workshop base upload.
  • Pathfinder 1.24 - Steam Controller: Fixed some issues with controller prompts.
  • Atlas Rises 1.33 - Added joypad and keyboard controls for switching between inventories.
  • Atlas Rises 1.35 - PC: Improved user interface navigation using Q, E, W, S, A and D keys.
  • Atlas Rises 1.37 - PC: Added ability to hold Backspace to delete text in text entry fields.
  • Atlas Rises 1.38 - PC: Fixed an issue where unbinding a key would exit the control menu. Fixed an issue where selecting a new key binding could accidentally result in it being set to a mouse button.
  • NEXT - Xbox controls introduced to the game.
  • NEXT 1.51 - Fixed an issue where new controls were missing from the controls page.
  • NEXT 1.55 - PC: Pressing P will default to opening the Log rather than Options. Options continues to be the default option for Esc.
  • NEXT 1.57 - Steam Controller: Mapping improved.
  • NEXT 1.60 - Restored the ability to use keys/buttons on the Quick Transfer inventory popup. PC: Enabled quick menu keybinding.
  • NEXT 1.63 - PC: Prevented quick menu hotkeys from taking effect while other UI panels are open (eg. during text chat).
  • Beyond - Added support for full rebinding of PC controls via Steam and OpenVR. Added the option to remove button holds and make all non-destructive clicks instant. Hidden changes: The update reverted the setting to default controls and made it impossible to rebind them.
  • Beyond 2.09 - Enabled mouse and keyboard rebinding on PC. Gamepad and other device rebinding can be performed via Steam.