Warframe: Complete Controls Guide for PS4, Xbox One & Switch

Here are all of the default controls that you need to know to play Warframe on any console.


Despite having launched on PC and the PlayStation 4 in 2013, Xbox One in 2014, and the Nintendo Switch in late 2018, Warframe is still a popular game.

Of course, being free-to-play will always make Warframe appealing, but the continued expansions have certainly helped to grow the player base.


The live service creation has certainly improved since its relatively tepid launch, with many players now getting into the game across all consoles.

So, here are the controls that you need to know to play Warframe on the consoles.

In this Warframe controls guide, the analogues on either controller are denoted as (L) and (R), with the buttons on the D-pad listed as Up, Right, Down, and Left. Pressing the analogue down to trigger the analogue button is marked as L3 or R3.

Warframe Basic PS4, Xbox One & Switch Controls

These are the basic controls for Warframe on the default set-up for each console controller. You can change the controller set-up within the game’s menu.

By pressing Options, Menu, or +, depending on your console, you can then go into the Options part of the menu, and then the first selection under the Controls section is Customise Controls.

Here, you can press X, A, or B, depending on your console, to select each action and reassign it to a different button

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch
Controls
Camera(R)(R)(R)
Move(L)(L)(L)
SprintL3L3L3
Secondary FireR3R3R3
Heavy MeleeR3R3R3
Switch WeaponTriangleYX
Melee AttackOBA
JumpXAB
Move UpXAB
Context ActionSquareXY
ConsumablesDownDownDown
InspectRightN/ALeft
Reset CameraN/AN/ARight
Place MarkerLeftUpUp
Captura CameraLeftUpUp
CrouchL1 (standing)LB (standing)L (standing)
SlideL1 (running)LB (running)L (running)
RollL1 (walking)LB (walking)L (walking)
Move DownL1LBL
DodgeL1LBL
BlinkL1LBL
Ability MenuR1RBR
Aim WeaponL2LTZL
Fire WeaponR2RTZR
Show Level MapUpView
PauseOptionsMenu+
Ability ATouch Pad (swipe up)N/AN/A
Ability BTouch Pad (swipe down)N/AN/A
Ability CTouch Pad (swipe left)N/AN/A
Ability DTouch Pad (swipe right)N/AN/A
Focus and TransferenceTouch Pad (press)N/AN/A
Cycle Power LeftN/ALeftN/A
Cycle Power RightN/ARightN/A

Warframe Ability Menu Controls

Once you’ve opened the Ability Menu (which you can see in the bottom right corner of the screen), you can then use the abilities that your Warframe has learned.

It works as a combination control, so you have to press or hold R1, RB, or R, depending on your console, and then the ability’s assigned button.

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Ability MenuR1RBR
Focus and TransferenceL1LBL
Toggle Tactical MenuLeftLeftLeft
Ability AXAB
Ability BSquareXY
Ability COBA
Ability DTriangleYX

Warframe Placement Controls

In your dojo, you can adjust the aesthetics by placing new decorations using the following Warframe controls:

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Move(L)(L)(L)
Look(R)(R)(R)
Place DecorationR3R3R3
Modify DecorationL3L3L3
Place AnotherL3L3L3
ExitOBA
DescendXAB
ConfirmSquareXY
Surface SnappingTriangleYX
Free PlacementTriangleYX
Cycle Grid SnappingRightRightRight
Scale DownDownDownDown
Hold to ScaleLeftLeftLeft
Scale UpUpUpUp
AscendL1LBL
Billboard FacingR1RBR
Change Rotation AxisR1RBR
Rotate DecorationL2LTZL
Push/Pull DecorationR2RTZR

Warframe Railjack Controls

Once you’ve got your hands on the Railjack, these are the Warframe controls that you’ll need to know.

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Move(L)(L)(L)
Look(R)(R)(R)
BoostL3L3L3
OrdnanceR3R3R3
DismountOBA
Move UpXAB
Toggle Railjack CameraUpUpUp
Reset Motion ControlsN/AN/ARight
Ability MenuR1RBR
Move DownL1LBL
DodgeL1LBL
BlinkL1LBL
Aim WeaponL2LTZL
Primary FireR2RTZR

Warframe Frame Fighter Controls

Fancy competing in some classic one-vs-one fighter gaming but with your Warframe of choice? You’ll need to know these Warframe controls to dominate in Frame Fighter.

For the classic fighter feel and optimum use of the movement-combo controls, it’s best to use the D-pad as opposed to the left analogue.

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Move(L)(L)(L)
Move LeftLeftLeftLeft
Move RightRightRightRight
JumpUpUpUp
CrouchDownDownDown
GrabOBA
BlockXAB
Light AttackSquareXY
Medium AttackTriangleYX
Heavy AttackR1RBR
SpecialR2RTZR
PauseOptionsMenu+

Warframe Lunaro Controls

These are the controls that you need to know to play the ancient Tenno sport of Lunaro.

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
Move(L)(L)(L)
SprintL3L3L3
Look(R)(R)(R)
CheckOBA
JumpXAB
Context ActionSquareXY
ConsumablesDownDownDown
Place MarkerLeftUpUp
Captura CameraLeftUpUp
CrouchL1 (standing)LB (standing)L (standing)
SlideL1 (running)LB (running)L (running)
RollL1 (walking)LB (walking)L (walking)
PassR1RBR
Ball MagnetL2LTZL
ThrowR2RTZR
PauseOptionsMenu+

Warframe Shawzin Controls

Should you want to play the instrument Shawzin in Warframe, these are the controls that you’ll need to know.

ActionPS4 ControlsXbox One ControlsSwitch Controls
1st StringSquareXY
2nd StringXAB
3rd StringOBA
Whammy(L)(L)(L)
ScaleL3L3L3
Earth FretR1RBR
Sky FretL1LBL
Water FretR2RTZR
ChatL2LTZL
SongsUpUpUp
Change InstrumentLeftLeftLeft
ExitOptionsMenu+

There’s a lot to try out in Warframe, and with all of these base controls, you should be able to get a strong grasp on the game.

If any of the buttons feel unnatural to use, you can change the controls set-ups from these defaults in the Options menu of Warframe.


Simone Rhea

Started off on PC with classic simulation titles but now plays any game that looks appealing across all three of the major consoles.

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