How to aim down sights in Starfield

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The player character aiming down a gun's sights in Starfield
September 13, 2023: Wondering how to aim down sights in Starfield? We've updated our guide so you know how to scope in with any weapon.

To put your best foot forward in combat, you'll need to aim down sights in Starfield. It's a no-brainer for FPS fans or those who have played through Fallout 4, but a refresher on locking down your scope is always handy.

In this guide, we'll run you through how to aim down sights in Starfield. It's just as easy a process as you'd expect, but there's no harm in giving yourself a reminder. We'll also look at some of the different sights we've seen so far, thanks to some early time with the game.

For more on the game, read up on how to crouch in Starfield. We've also got a continuously updated Starfield patch notes guide, plus a look at how to heal in the game.

How do I aim down sights in Starfield?

To aim down sights in Starfield, simply hold down the right trigger on your Xbox controller. On PC, just right-click your mouse.

This was never officially confirmed by Bethesda, but it exactly mimics the controls for Bethesda's most recent first-party RPG, Fallout 4. That said, it would've been a shock for these well-trodden controls to change, so it's no surprise that this is exactly how to aim down sights.

Doing so will pull your weapon closer to your face, giving you the chance to aim with much more precision. If you're in third-person mode, it'll focus the gun so the reticle is smaller and you have a neater berth to aim.

None of this is ground-breaking, but remembering how to aim down sights in Starfield will ensure you can be the first to engage in combat against your enemies, giving you the best chance of surviving.

What types of sights are in Starfield?

So far from early gameplay footage and the odd leak, we've seen a few different types of weapon sights in Starfield. There's the traditional iron sights to begin with, obviously inflected with a smattering of sci-fi futurism given the game's setting.


We've also seen some holo sights, and red-dot sights similar to contemporary weaponry. Given how deep the crafting appears to be, we imagine even more scopes will become available from loot to add to your guns. We'll update this guide as soon as we know more!

That's it for our guide on aiming down sights in Starfield! For even more, read up on how space combat works, plus whether you can land anywhere in Starfield.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Guides and Starfield page.