Star Wars Squadrons: Complete Controls Guide for PS4 and Xbox One

Whether you’re sitting in an X-Wing or a TIE Fighter, these are the Star Wars: Squadrons controls that you need to know.


EA returns to their exclusive Star Wars licence with Star Wars: Squadrons, which takes place near the end of the Galactic Civil War.

Playing as both a customisable X-Wing pilot of the New Republic and a customisable TIE Fighter pilot of the Empire, you can experience dog fights and fleet battles on both sides of the iconic war from a galaxy far, far away.


Flight simulation and combat games are notoriously reliant on the quality of the controls. Here, you can find all three of the Stars Wars: Squadrons controls set-ups on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can also find out how to customise your X-Wing and TIE Fighter controls on the PS4 and Xbox One.

In this Star Wars: Squadrons controls guide, the analogues on either console controller are shown as L and R, with the buttons on either d-pad denoted as Up, Right, Down, and Left. Pressing down on either analogue to activate its button is shown as L3 and R3.

Star Wars: Squadrons Default Controls

These controls are the default set-up on Star Wars: Squadrons, offering what most players or the space flight combat game will see as the more natural layout.

Action (Default Controls)PS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
ThrottleL (verticals)L (verticals)
RollL (horizontals)L (horizontals)
BoostL3L3
Drift (while boosting)L3 (hold)L3 (hold)
PitchR (verticals)R (verticals)
YawR (horizontals)R (horizontals)
Free LookR3 (double-tap)R3 (double-tap)
Select Target AheadL2LT
Targeting WheelL2 (hold)LT (hold)
FireR2RT
Fire Left AuxiliaryL1LB
Fire Right AuxiliaryR1RB
Cycle TargetsXA
Target My AttackerX (double-tap)A (double-tap)
Focus Shields / Convert PowerSquareX
Deploy CountermeasuresOB
Ping TargetTriangleY
Acknowledge PingTriangle (double-tap)Y (double-tap)
Communications WheelTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Maximise Weapon PowerUpUp
Maximise Engine PowerLeftLeft
Maximise Shield PowerRightRight
Balance PowerDownDown
Show LoadoutTouchPadView
MenuOptionsMenu

Star Wars: Squadrons Aviator Controls

The Aviator Controls for Star Wars: Squadrons come with some mild changes to the Default Controls set-up, including switching some of the analogue actions for the fighter movement controls.

Action (Aviator Controls)PS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
ThrottleL (verticals)L (verticals)
YawL (horizontals)L (horizontals)
BoostL3L3
Drift (while boosting)L3 (hold)L3 (hold)
PitchR (verticals)R (verticals)
RollR (horizontals)R (horizontals)
Free LookR3 (double-tap)R3 (double-tap)
Select Target AheadL2LT
Targeting WheelL2 (hold)LT (hold)
FireR2RT
Fire Left AuxiliaryL1LB
Fire Right AuxiliaryR1RB
Cycle TargetsXA
Target My AttackerX (double-tap)A (double-tap)
Focus Shields / Convert PowerSquareX
Deploy CountermeasuresOB
Ping TargetTriangleY
Acknowledge PingTriangle (double-tap)Y (double-tap)
Call for ResupplyTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Maximise Weapon PowerUpUp
Maximise Engine PowerLeftLeft
Balance PowerDownDown
Show LoadoutTouchPadView
MenuOptionsMenu

Star Wars: Squadrons Southpaw Controls

The Southpaw Controls on Star Wars: Squadrons flip the primary actions of the analogues, suiting those who prefer to increase their speed with the right analogue and control direction with the left analogue.

Action (Southpaw Controls)PS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
PitchL (verticals)L (verticals)
YawL (horizontals)L (horizontals)
BoostL3L3
Drift (while boosting)L3 (hold)L3 (hold)
ThrottleR (verticals)R (verticals)
RollR (horizontals)R (horizontals)
Free LookR3 (double-tap)R3 (double-tap)
Select Target AheadL2LT
Targeting WheelL2 (hold)LT (hold)
FireR2RT
Fire Left AuxiliaryL1LB
Fire Right AuxiliaryR1RB
Cycle TargetsXA
Target My AttackerX (double-tap)A (double-tap)
Focus Shields / Convert PowerSquareX
Deploy CountermeasuresOB
Ping TargetTriangleY
Acknowledge PingTriangle (double-tap)Y (double-tap)
Call for ResupplyTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Maximise Weapon PowerUpUp
Maximise Engine PowerLeftLeft
Balance PowerDownDown
Show LoadoutTouchPadView
MenuOptionsMenu

How to customise and remap controls on Squadrons

Creating a preferred layout of Star Wars: Squadrons controls is very easy. All that you need to do is go to the menu screen and then navigate over to ‘Controls.’

From the Controls page, press Square/X to bring up the option to change the control scheme.

On the next page, you’ll be able to change all of the Squadrons controls to suit your preferences, from remapping the controls to changing the throttle input mode and switching to inverted flight controls.

Now that you know how to use the Star Wars: Squadrons controls, you’re all set to battle for the galaxy.


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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