Gaining Complete Control
When using an Xbox Wireless Controller on default settings, its buttons have the following commands (these settings can be adjusted in the Controller Settings Options menu):
Left Stick – Move: Push this stick in any direction to have your character move around.
Left Stick (Press) – Sprint/Steady Aim: If you’re maneuvering, press in the Left Stick while you move to sprint. Alternatively, while using scoped weapon such as a sniper rifle, pressing this button will make your Operator hold their breath, allowing for steadier aim.
Right Stick – Aim/Look: Push this stick in any direction to have your character look around or aim a weapon. This can be inverted within the Controller “Aim” menu.
Right Stick (Press) – Melee Attack: Press in the Right Stick to strike a foe at close quarters with a melee attack. In Campaign, holding this button triggers a Takedown.
A – Jump/Stand/Mantle: Jump across gaps, mantle over lower objects such as barriers or windowsills, and climb certain scenery using this button. The height of your jump may be influenced by your speed and the number of successive jumps you’ve taken. You can also use this button while crouching or prone to stand up.
B – Crouch/Prone/Slide: When moving under normal circumstances, you tap this button to crouch, and hold it to go prone, or tap it again to stand. If you’re sprinting and hold this button, you’ll slide into a crouch or a prone position if you keep holding the button (on the default sliding controls).
X – Use/Reload: If you need to access a context-sensitive object (like opening a door in Fireteam instead of charging through it), or you’re low on ammunition and wish to reload your weapon, utilize this button.
Y – Switch Weapon: Depending on how and when this button is pressed, this button has more than one function. Tapping the button will swap the weapon in your hands, whether it be a primary to a secondary weapon, vice versa, or any weapon you’ve picked up during a match.
LB – Tactical Equipment: This utilizes the lethal equipment from your loadout, such as a Frag Grenade.
RB – Lethal Equipment: This utilizes the tactical equipment from your loadout, such as a Flash Grenade.
LT – Aim Down Sight: This narrows the field of view to focus on a specific target for more precise gunfights. Additionally, ADS zooms into your equipped sights (reticle or native).
RT – Fire Weapon: This fires projectiles from your weapon’s chamber. Pay attention to your weapon’s firing mode description – single, burst, or fully-automatic – as you may need to press this trigger multiple times for continuous firing.
D-pad Left – Ping: Press this key to “Ping” a spot in the environment, allowing you to communicate with squadmates without talking. Pressing this key twice makes this a “Danger” Ping, alerting your squad of potential hostile presence.
D-pad Right – Scorestreak: This button engages your currently selected Scorestreak, which is shown in a column on the bottom right side of the screen above your weapon information.
D-pad Up / Down – Scorestreak Selection (Up and Down): If you earned multiple Scorestreaks and wish to use one before another, use these two buttons to “cycle” through the Scorestreak column.
View – Scoreboard/Objectives (In-Game): Press this to check the scores for yourself, your team, and your rivals, as well as other pertinent data relating to the Multiplayer or Zombies game mode. In Multiplayer, you can tab over to see a full version of the map you’re playing on. In Campaign, this will remind you of the mission objective and, if it has a marker or waypoint, makes it reappear on screen.
Menu – Objectives (Menu)/Menu: Pressing this button brings up your Settings menu. In addition, you can view your current objective, access Social options, change your loadout in Multiplayer (which takes effect after your next death), and enter the robust Options menu to change every aspect of the control scheme. Pressing this button again dismisses this menu.