Guide:Controls

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Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are both very complex games and will support a wide variety of input devices. This guide will attempt to list all the controls for standard input devices in an organized fashion, making it easy to find answers to common questions.

Input devices

Mouse & Keyboard

The standard of PC gaming. Star Citizen has a huge amount of actions you can do and the game uses almost every key on your keyboard multiple times. There are 3 different control modes: Flight, On Foot, and EVA, that you will transition between when playing the game. Your movement and look controls will stay mostly the same between modes but the rest of the key layout may be drastically different.

Game Controller

Any modern USB game controller should work with Star Citizen. The FPS and flight controls may feel familiar to gamers who use controllers but the sheer number of controls may make this unweildy for anything other than walking around or basic flight.

Joysticks & Throttles

There are three main joystick setups:

  • Joystick with integrated throttle
  • HOTAS - Joystick with a separate throttle
  • HOSAS - Two joysticks, one used as a throttle.

Which you use will depend on your budget and personal preference.

Gaming Pads

There are a couple of different USB devices that give you half of a keyboard or so to use assign custom keys to. Some even have an integrated thumbstick!

Pedals

Foot pedals for rudder control etc. Popular with serious flight simulators.

Headtracking

Using a webcam or a specialized IR tracker to track your head movement and link it to your in game camera.

Voice Attack

Voice recognition software that activates game commands.


Explanation of terms

IFCS

Intelligent Flight Control System. Your ship has a computer controlled flight system that helps you fly and helps keep you safe while flying. There are several modes that you can cycle through to balance how much you want to fly the ship directly and how much you want the computer to fly the ship for you.

COMSTAB

Command Level Stability.

G-Safe

G-Safe is two different IFCS modes that control how quickly your ship will turn and accelerate. Both modes will try to keep you from passing out by limiting your movement in different ways.

SCM

Space Combat Maneuver. Normal flight mode where your ship can reach decent speeds for traveling, navigating debris fields, and space combat. Ship max speeds are largely determined by the size of the ship, small racing ships and fighters have max SCM speeds in the 250 - 350 range while large freight ships like the Starfarer and Caterpiller have max SCM speeds closer to 75 - 125.

PRE

Preventative mode. Activated by activating landing mode, preventative mode severely limits your ships max speed and turning rate to make it easier to land or dock.

Coupled Mode

Coupled and Decoupled flight are two main IFCS modes. When coupled your ship will fly much more like an airplane while in space. When decoupled your ship will continue moving in any direction you thrust until you thrust in a different direction (Newtonian movement).

ESP

Enhanced Stick Precision. ESP will dampen your inputs when your targeting reticle is above the target. This is designed to keep you from overshooting.

Afterburner

Afterburner uses a separate fuel tank to overpower your main thrusters and achieve higher speeds. The maximum speed you can go with your afterburner is relative to your current throttle setting, if your throttle is set to 50% then your max afterburner speed is 50% your max afterburner speeds. You effectively have 2 top speeds, your normal Space Combat top speed and your Afterburner top speed. Max Afterburner speed is roughly twice a ships max SCM speed.

Boost

Boost mode puts more power into your maneuvering thrusters and instructs the IFCS to put your prograde vector in front of your ship, if it isn't already. While in boost mode you are more maneuverable but G-Safe is also disabled, so be careful.

Gimbal Lock

Also known as Interactive Mode/Relative Mode. Some weapons and weapons attachments are fixed pointing straight ahead, some are on gimbals and will aim at your mouse cursor while you fly.

Target Pips

Your targeting computer will help you hit a moving target by drawing a target icon (pip) in front of your target. There are two ways of displaying this, leading in front of your target or lagging behind your reticle.

MobiGlass

Your Mobiglass is a computer your character wears on their wrist. It displays a holographic screen that you use to manage your character health, inventory, missions, and other pieces of information as well.

Default Keybindings

On Foot

Walking around on planets, moons, stations, and the interior of ships.

Command Keystroke Notes
Move Forward W
Move Backward S
Move Left A
Move Right D
Jump Spacebar
Run LShift
Walk B
Lean Left Q
Lean Right E
Crouch LCtrl
Lay Prone X
Interact F
Select Sidearm 1
Select Primary Weapon 2
Select Secondary Weapon 3
Reload Weapon R
Holster Weapon R (hold)
Use Item G
Heal V

EVA

Extra Vehicular Activity, or moving around in space outside of a spaceship. Forward - W

Backward - S

Strafe Left - A

Strafe Right - D

Roll Left - Q

Roll Right - E

Boost - Shift

Interact - F

Toggle Suit Light - T

MobiGlass

Show/Hide MobiGlass - F1


Flight

Flight Controls

Main controls for flying your ship. Note: By default Coupled and Uncoupled flight controls are the same.

Throttle Up - W

Throttle Down - S

Throttle Min/Max - Backspace

Max Throttle - W (double tap)

Min Throttle - S (double tap)

Afterburner - LShift

Boost Mode - X (hold)

Strafe Left - A

Strafe Right - D

Roll Left - Q

Roll Right - E

Strafe Forward - LAlt + W

Strafe Backward - LAlt + S

Cycle IFCS Safeties - V

Toggle ESP - RAlt + O

Toggle Quantum Travel Mode - B

Activate Quantum Jump - F

Exit Seat - F (Hold)

Activate Landing Mode - N

Select Landing Pad - F

Auto Land Toggle - RAlt + N

Auto Land - N (hold)

Ship Systems

Controls for changing how your ship performs and behaves. Most ships have displays that you can interact with to change various ship settings, these are controlled with the mouse.

Look Around Cockpit

2D Cursor

Power to Weapons

Power to Shields

Power to Engines

Reset Power Distribution

Increase Power

Decrease Power

Shields Forward

Shields Rear

Shields Left

Shields Right

Shields Top

Shields Bottom

Toggle Personal Identification Broadcast System - Period

Cycle Radar Range - Comma

Combat Controls

Offensive and Defensive combat controls

Weapon Group 1 - Left Click

Weapon Group 2 - Right Click

Weapon Group 3 - Mouse 5

Missile Lock - Middle Mouse/Mouse 3

Fire Missile - Middle Mouse/Mouse 3 (hold)

Toggle Gimbal Lock - RAlt + J

Switch Reticle Mode (Lead/Lag Pips) - RAlt + K

Fire Flare - Mouse 4 / G (hold)

Change Flare - G

Targeting Controls

Controls for selecting, changing, and managing targets.

Target Under Reticle - R

Target Nearest Hostile - T

Cycle Hostile Targets - Y

  • Reverse - H

Cycle Friendly Targets - U

  • Reverse - J

Cycle All Targets - I

  • Reverse - K

Pin Current Target - P

Cycle Pinned Targets - O

  • Reverse - L

Ground Vehicles

Movement

Forward

Backward

Yaw Left

Yaw Right

Roll Left

Roll Right

Camera Controls

Toggle Camera - F4

Director Mode