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The subject of this article is from the Interceptor update.
The information from this article is up-to-date as of 6 June, 2023.
Disambig01 This article is about the non-VR controls. For the VR controls, see Virtual Reality Controls.

Controls is a game mechanics page.

Summary[ | ]

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 them.

On Foot[ | ]

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Tag Marker KEY.E PSBUTTON.SQUARE XBOXBUTTON.X
Action.forward Move Forward KEY.W PSBUTTON.LS XBOXBUTTON.LS
Action.back Move Backward KEY.S PSBUTTON.LS XBOXBUTTON.LS
Action.left Strafe Left KEY.A PSBUTTON.LS XBOXBUTTON.LS
Action.right Strafe Right KEY.D PSBUTTON.LS XBOXBUTTON.LS
Action.interact Perform Interaction KEY.E PSBUTTON.SQUARE XBOXBUTTON.X
Action.melee Melee Attack KEY.Q Psbutton.r1 Xboxbutton.rb
Action.scan Perform Scan Key.c Psbutton.l3 XBOXBUTTON.LSPUSH
Action.torch Activate Torch KEY.T - -
Action.binoculars Analysis Visor Key.f Psbutton.l2 Xboxbutton.lt
Action.binoculars Place Custom Marker Key.fKEY.E Psbutton.l2 THEN PSBUTTON.SQUARE Xboxbutton.lt + XBOXBUTTON.X
Action.binoculars Next Survey Mode (Survey Device) 3 Psbutton.l2 THEN Psbutton.dpadright -
Action.binoculars Previous Survey Mode (Survey Device) 1 Psbutton.l2 THEN Psbutton.dpadleft -
Action.zoom Zoom Key.mouseright PSBUTTON64.R3 XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH
Action.showhud Show HUD Key.h Psbutton.dpadleft Xboxbutton.dpadleft
Action.jump Jump (Jetpack) Keywide.space PSBUTTON.X XBOXBUTTON.A
Action.jump Fly Up (Jetpack) Keywide.space PSBUTTON.X,PSBUTTON.X (HOLD) XBOXBUTTON.A
Action.jump Hover (Jetpack) Keywide.space PSBUTTON.X,PSBUTTON.X (TAP) XBOXBUTTON.A
Action.run Run Keywide.shift Action.forward, THEN PSBUTTON64.R3 XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH
Action.runAction.jump Leap Forward (Rocket Boots) - Running + PSBUTTON.X,PSBUTTON.X -
Action.runAction.jump Fly Forward (Jetpack) - Running + Psbutton.r1,PSBUTTON.X -
Action.shoot Fire Weapon Key.mouseleft Psbutton.r2 Xboxbutton.rt
Action.grenade Activate Alt Weapon Key.mouseright Psbutton.l1 Xboxbutton.lb
Action.reload Reload Weapon Key.r PSBUTTON.SQUARE XBOXBUTTON.X
Action.changeweapon Switch Weapon Mode KEY.G Psbutton.triangle XBOXBUTTON.Y
ACTION.QUICKMENU Quick Menu Key.x Psbutton.dpaddown Xboxbutton.dpaddown
ACTION.BUILD Build Menu KEY.Z PSBUTTON.DPADUP XBOXBUTTON.DPADUP
ACTION.PICKUP Pick Up Technology
(Deconstruct)
KEY.MOUSEWHEEL PSBUTTON64.R3 XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH
Switch Alt Weapon KEY.MOUSEWHEEL PSBUTTON.O XBOXBUTTON.B
Inventories KEYWIDE.TAB PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK
Auto-Walk K
Discoveries / Options Escape
Toggle Text Chat Enter
Send Chat Message Enter
Advanced Mode Menu
Increase Terrain Beam Size T
Decrease Terrain Beam Size R
Rotate Terrain Edit Plane Left
Rotate Terrain Edit Plane Right
Hold to Paste (Text Chat) Ctrl
Confirm Paste (Text Chat) V
Toggle Auto Walk K
Point to Move
Skip Tab
Confirm (Menus)
Back
Key.mouseright
Outdated entries, kept for potential future reference
Action.swimup Swim Up Keywide.space PSBUTTON.X XBOXBUTTON.A
Action.swimdown Swim Down KEY.Q Psbutton.l1 Xboxbutton.lb
STAR Discard Item Key.mousemiddle PSBUTTON64.R3 XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH

Quick Menu (On Foot)[ | ]

Icon Action PS4 PC Xbox Steam Updated to
Beyond

Flight Controls[ | ]

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

Quick Menu (Ship / Exocraft)[ | ]

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

Exocraft[ | ]

Icon Action PC PS4 Xbox
Action.right Accelerate KEY.W Psbutton.r2 Xboxbutton.rt
Action.left Reverse Key.blank Psbutton.l2 Xboxbutton.lt
STAR Jump Keywide.space ? XBOXBUTTON.A
Action.shipbrake Brake KEY.S Psbutton.l2 Xboxbutton.lt
Action.shipenterexitland Exit Exocraft KEY.E PSBUTTON.SQUARE XBOXBUTTON.X
Action.shoot Fire Key.mouseleft ? Xboxbutton.rt
Action.shipchangeweapon Switch Weapon Mode KEY.G ? XBOXBUTTON.Y
Action.shipscan Scan Key.c ? XBOXBUTTON.LSPUSH
Action.shipboost Boost Keywide.shift Psbutton.l1 Xboxbutton.lb
Action.jump Vertical Thrust Keywide.space ? XBOXBUTTON.A
STAR Horn KEYWIDE.CTRL ? XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH
STAR Place Checkpoint KEY.V ? Xboxbutton.rb
STAR Delete Checkpoint KEY.B ? XBOXBUTTON.B
Inventories KEYWIDE.TAB PSBUTTON64.TOUCHPAD XBOXONEBUTTON.BACK

Galactic Map[ | ]

Action PC PS4 Xbox
Destination KEY.Q KEY.E Psbutton.dpadleft Psbutton.dpadright Xboxbutton.dpadleft Xboxbutton.dpadright
Filter Action.forward Action.back PSBUTTON.DPADUP Psbutton.dpaddown XBOXBUTTON.DPADUP Xboxbutton.dpaddown
Scan Discoveries KEYWIDE.TAB PSBUTTON64.R3 XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH
Select nearest
(after scanning started)
? Psbutton.l1 ?
Deselect current system Key.mouseright ? XBOXBUTTON.RSPUSH
Select next system ? Psbutton.rs XBOXBUTTON.RS
Leave Key.m Psbutton.options XBOXONE.WHITE.START
Free camera Key.mouseright Ps.white.circle XBOX.WHITE.B
Free camera
Select my location Key.mouseright ? XBOX.WHITE.B
Select targeted system Key.mouseleft ? XBOX.WHITE.A
Select targeted system
Warp Key.mouseleft ? XBOX.WHITE.A
Set waypoint Key.f ? XBOX.WHITE.X
Deselect Key.mouseright ? XBOX.WHITE.B

Photo Mode[ | ]

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

Photo Mode (Menu)[ | ]

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

Building Mode[ | ]

Icon Action PC PS Xbox Switch
Toggle Wire Mode KEY.Q PSBUTTON.TRIANGLE XBOX.WHITE.Y XBOX.WHITE.X

Menus[ | ]

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

General controls (Outdated)[ | ]

NOTE: This section is kept only for future historical reference.

These are always available from the same controls.

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

Additional information[ | ]

  • 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, this can be set up by pressing KEYWIDE.CTRL & KEYWIDE.0TO9 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[ | ]

PC[ | ]

Release history[ | ]

  • 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.
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