To get ahead in Returnal you will need to have a firm grasp of the fundamentals. That means understanding the game's many systems, and even the basic control scheme. Returnal has a unique control scheme that makes use of the DualSense controller's Adaptive Triggers and Haptic Feedback and it can be customised however you want. To help you out, we've put together this Returnal Controls guide. We'll list the default controls and give you some tips on control mapping.
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To help make sure you're making the most out of your first few hours in Returnal we've listed the default controls scheme below. There's also a Classic control scheme, which loses the Adaptive Triggers and maps Alt-Fire to L1.
- Triangle - Interact
- Circle - Dash
- X - Jump
- Square - Melee
- L2 - Focus Aim/Alt-Fire
- L1 - Use Consumable
- R2 - Shoot
- Right Stick - Aim
- R3 - Area Scan
- Left Stick - Move
- L3 - Sprint
- d-Pad (Right) - Switch Consumable
- d-Pad (Left) - Switch Consumable
- d-Pad (Down) - Toggle Extended HUD
- Touch Pad (Press) - Suit Computer
- Options - Game Menu
You can actually fully map your controls in Returnal, handy for those looking to make things easier for their particular play styles. To map your controls head to the setting menu and scroll to the controller screen. Select 'Mapping' and then change the Controller Preset to 'Custom'. Now, press X to enter the mapping screen. From here you can change whatever you like. You could try mapping jump to R1 for easier and faster movement.
That's all you need to know about the Controls in Returnal. For more help with the game be sure to visit our guide on unlocking the melee weapon. Once you're done there visit our guide on breaking Obolite Chunks.