Cyberpunk 2077: Complete Controls Guide for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

Get to grips with all of the console controls for Cyberpunk 2077, including the combat controls, sneak controls, hacking controls, and how to save the game.

The wait is finally over; following several necessary delays en route to release, CD Projekt has welcomed the world of video gaming to Night City with Cyberpunk 2077.

An incredibly deep and detailed game, it’s clear to see that the development team has been hard at work to bring Mike Pondsmith’s tabletop RPG to a digital reality. However, with such a sprawling game comes a great many choices to make and controls to learn.

Here, we’re going through the Cyberpunk 2077 controls that you need to know, as well as some additional features to help you make a name for yourself as V.

In this Cyberpunk 2077 controls guide, the analogues on either console controller are listed as L and R; pressing down on either analogue is shown as L3 and R3. The d-pad controls are shown as Up, Left, Down, and Right.

Cyberpunk 2077 basic controls

These are the basic Cyberpunk 2077 controls for movement, interactions, scanning, and standard combat on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Look AroundRR
Navigate DialogueUp, Down, Square (to select)Up, Down, X (to select)
SprintL3 (hold)L3 (hold)
SlideL3 (hold), OL3 (hold), B
Crouch (Sneak)OB
Interact (Sit, Claim, Open)SquareX
Equip Target ItemTriangleY
Draw WeaponTriangleY
See Weapon WheelTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Aim (Ranged)L2LT
Shoot (Ranged)R2RT
Holster WeaponTriangle, TriangleY, Y
Quick Melee AttackR3R3
Switch WeaponTriangleY
Use Combat GadgetR1RB
Aim Combat GadgetR1 (hold)RB (hold)
Melee Fast AttackR2RT
Melee Strong AttackR2 (hold and release)RT (hold and release)
Melee BlockL2 (hold)LT (hold)
Loot Body (single item)SquareX
Loot Body (collect all items)Square (hold)X (hold)
Pick Up BodyTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Drop/Hide BodySquareX
Quick Scan (reveal items)L1LB
Scanning ModeL1 (hold)LB (hold)
Tag TargetL1 (hold), R3 (on target)LB (hold), R3 (on target)
Use Consumable (Heal)UpUp
Take a CallDownDown
Access PhoneDown (hold)Down (hold)
Call VehicleRightRight
Open Garage (Select Vehicle)Right (hold)Right (hold)
Switch Active JobDown (tap)Down (tap)
Open NotificationLeftLeft
Quick-Access MenuTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Zoom In (while aiming)UpUp
Zoom Out (while aiming)DownDown
Swim Upward (Surface)X (hold)A (hold)
Dive DownO (hold)B (hold)
Fast SwimL3 (hold)L3 (hold)
Interact UnderwaterSquareX
Skip Conversation or RideOB
Pause ScreenOptionsMenu
Game MenuTouchPadView
Photo ModeL3 + R3L3 + R3

Cyberpunk 2077 advanced combat controls

In Cyberpunk 2077, you can fight with a gun, a melee weapon, or your fists, with there being several additional manoeuvres for you to pull to help you in combat. In this game, the melee attack controls are the same for melee weapons and unarmed melee combat. So, here are all of the basic and advanced Cyberpunk 2077 combat controls.

ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Draw WeaponTriangleY
Aim (Ranged)L2LT
Shoot (Ranged)R2RT
Take CoverO (behind cover)B (behind cover)
VaultX (from behind low cover)A (from behind cover)
Shoot from CoverO (press to hide), L2 (hold to aim over), R2 (to fire)B (press to hide), LT (hold to aim over), RT (to fire)
Slide and ShootL3 (to run), O (to slide), L2+R2 (aim and shoot)L3 (to run), B (to slide), LT+RT (aim and shoot)
Switch WeaponTriangleY
Holster WeaponTriangle, TriangleY, Y
Quick Melee AttackR3R3
Melee Fast AttackR2RT
Fast Attack ComboR2, R2, R2 (press during each swing)RT, RT, RT (press during each swing)
Melee Strong AttackR2 (hold and release)RT (hold and release)
Melee BlockL2 (hold)LT (hold)
Shove EnemyL2 (hold), R2 (tap)LT (hold), RT (tap)
Break Enemy BlockR2 (hold and release)RT (hold and release)
CounterattackL2 (press just before getting hit)LT (press just before getting hit)
Dodge (Evade)L (to move), O, O (double-tap)L (to move), B, B (double-tap)
Use Combat GadgetR1RB
Aim Combat GadgetR1 (hold)RB (hold)
Use Consumable (Heal)UpUp

Cyberpunk 2077 stealth and hacking controls

A big part of the Cyberpunk 2077 controls is using stealth and hacking to give yourself an advantage – particularly in the early stages. Here are the Cyberpunk 2077 stealth controls and hacking controls that you need to know.

ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
SneakO (tap)B (tap)
Grab EnemySquare (when close and undetected)X (when close and undetected)
Kill Grabbed EnemySquareX
Non-Lethal Takedown of Grabbed EnemyTriangleY
Pick Up BodyTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Drop BodySquareX
Scanning ModeL1 (hold)LB (hold)
Tag TargetL1 (hold), R3 (on target)LB (hold), R3 (on target)
Change TargetLeft/Right (while scanning)Left/Right (while scanning)
Quickhack Object (green while scanning)L1 (hold to scan), Up/Down (select quickhack), Square (execute quickhack)LB (hold to scan), Up/Down (select quickhack), X (execute quickhack)
Quickhack Camera Zoom In/OutUp/DownUp/Down
Exit Quickhack CameraOB
Breach Protocol NavigationLL
Breach Protocol Select CodeXA
Exit Breach ProtocolOB
Quickhack HelpL3L3

Cyberpunk 2077 driving controls

It doesn’t take long for you to get behind the wheel of your first car in Cyberpunk 2077, but you can have just as much fun from the passenger seat. Here’re the Cyberpunk 2077 vehicle controls that you need to know for driving and combat.

ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Enter VehicleSquareX
Exit VehicleOB
Switch CameraRightRight
Draw WeaponTriangleY
Holster Weapon (Return to Seat)Triangle, Triangle (double-tap)Y, Y (double-tap)
Change the RadioR1RB
Switch Vehicle LightsSquareX
Honk HornL3L3
Hijaking VehiclesSquare (on the door)X (on the door)
Call VehicleRightRight
Open Garage (Select Vehicle)Right (hold)Right (hold)
Skip Ride (as a passenger)OB

Cyberpunk 2077 braindance controls

While it’s more common purpose throughout Night City isn’t quite as productive, your introduction to braindances showcases its potential in espionage. Here’re the Cyberpunk 2077 braindance controls needed to utilise the tech.

 Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
 Move CameraL and RL and R 
 Play / PauseSquare X
Restart BraindanceTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
 Enter Playback/Editor Mode L1 LB
 Rewind L2 (hold) LT (hold)
 Fast-Forward R2 (hold) RT (hold)
 Scan (Object/Audio/Heat Signature)Hover cursor over signalHover cursor over signal 
 Switch Layer (Visual/Thermal/Sound) R1 RB
 Exit BraindanceO B

How to change the difficulty on Cyberpunk 2077

Before you commence your adventures in Night City, you’ll be asked which of the four difficulties you’d like to play on: Easy, Normal, Hard, Very Hard. If you’re finding that your chosen option is too easy or too difficult, you can change the difficulty on Cyberpunk 2077 by doing the following:

  • In your loaded game, press Options/Menu;
  • Press R1/RB to scroll across to ‘Gameplay;’
  • Scroll down to the ‘Game Difficulty’ option and use Left/Right to select the difficulty;
  • Press O/B to lock-in your changed Cyberpunk 2077 difficulty.

How to save

In Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll find that, if you are defeated during a mission, you’ll be taken back to a checkpoint. However, to return to your game should you exit entirely, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve manually saved the game at least once. Furthermore, as the game is so new and expansive, it can crash now and then, so saving regularly is good practice.

To save the game in Cyberpunk 2077, all that you need to do is press the Options/Menu button on your PlayStation or Xbox controller, scroll down to ‘Save Game,’ press ‘Select’ (X/A), and then create a save file.

Alternatively, you can press Options/Menu to bring up the pause screen and then press Triangle/Y to perform a quick save.

How to skip time

You may find that instead of keeping yourself busy until it’s time for a mission or job, you’d rather just skip time in Cyberpunk 2077.

To do this, you just need to press TouchPad/View to bring up the game menu, and then navigate the cursor towards the bottom left. Press X/A on the ‘Skip Time’ button to bring up the option for you to ‘Choose How Long to Wait.’ Use the arrows on either side of the timeslot to increase or decrease your wait time, which can span from one hour to 24 hours. When you’re done, press Square/X to commence the time skip.

With the Cyberpunk 2077 controls to hand, you can set about taking over the streets of Night City.

Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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