On this page of the guide to Horizon 2 Forbidden West you'll learn about the controls for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions. We've also included info regarding the available control options - for example, the controller vibration support.
Control keys on PS4 and PS5
Focus - it allows you to scan the nearby area searching for interactive objects, tracks, enemies or loot.
Activate Shieldwing - only after it's unlocked.
Quick target swap.
Dodge - tilt the left stick in the desired direction.
Grapple - you need to have a climbing tool and be near an interactive grappling point.
Heavy attack (melee).
Tag enemy with focus - it allows you to track them.
Aim with a ranged weapon - you can also press the right stick to activate Concentration and slow down time.
Light Attack (melee).
Activate Valor Surge - it must be charged and the weapon wheel must be open.
Weapon wheel - hold down the button.
Use a Tool.
Hunter's Kit - hold down the button to browse through and craft tools more easily.
Shift Left - applies to Tools, Weapon Techniques and Override.
Shift Right - applies to Tools, Weapon Techniques and Override.
Menu windows - you can open tabs such as the map, the inventory or the journal.
Swipe up on the touchpad to reveal the full in-game HUD (mission objectives, more markers, etc.).
Pause menu - it lets you load and restart the game, enter the settings and launch photo mode.
Additional controls settings
Horizon Forbidden West offers quite a few options that let you tweak the controls to your liking, some of them being thematically related to accessibility options. Here's a list of the most important settings:
- X Axis and Y Axis - You can invert each one to, for example, make the camera move up when you tilt the stick down.
- Sensitivity - You can adjust the motion sensitivity overall, and the sensitivity for the X Axis and Y Axis separately.
- Dead Zone - Increase or decrease the dead zones for the left and right analog sticks.
- Vibration Intensity - You can set separate vibration intensities during cutscenes, climbing, combat, weapon use, environmental reactions and the interface
- Adaptive Triggers for Weapons - This only applies to the PS5 version. You can enable resistance for the triggers (L2 and R2) which can be present when you're aiming your bow, for example.
- Aim Assist - You can enable aim assist (recommended when aiming for the enemies' weak spots) or disable it entirely.
- Motion Aiming - You can enable an alternative aiming mode.
- Weapon Quick Swap - You can enable or disable quick weapon swapping.
- Hold/Toggle - You can set whether some functions requiring you to hold down a button should work after a single press instead.
- Swap Move and Look - You can swap the analog sticks' functionalities, making the left one control the camera while the right one controls movement.
- Focus Mode - You can change how the controls and dodges work in this mode.
- Auto Sprint - You can enable automatic sprint when moving on foot and mounted separately.