PC Keyboard Controls and Key Bindings - No Man's Sky Next

Learn about all of the keyboard controls and default key bindings PC players will need to make the most out of No Man's Sky Next.

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Hello Games has finally released the much-touted Next expansion to No Man's Sky, which means that the game is now available to all PC players across the globe. Naturally, this means that many gamers will be jumping into the game for the first time, while others will be joining up only to have to learn the ropes once more. Fortunately, most of the game's PC keyboard controls are straightforward, mimicking the usual PC style used in most other games. However, there is a learning curve involved, and that's exactly why we've put together this list of all keyboard controls and key bindings for No Man's Sky Next on PC.


No Man's Sky Next PC Keyboard Controls and Key Bindings

The PC's keyboard-based control scheme for No Man's Sky Next is a little more complicated than console players might be expecting. However, much of how PC inputs work stick to the usual computer game conventions: movement is handled with the W, A, S, and D keys, while space is reserved for things like jumping or swimming up. Even between the different on-foot and vehicle controls, there are a few key bindings that remain the same: mouse 1, typically the left mouse button, always fires weapons, while G will switch between weapon modes and C will always initiate a scan.

For the full list of No Man's Sky Next PC controls, check the subsections below, broken down by the three main control types: on-foot, in-vehicle, and flight.


On-Foot PC Keyboard Controls - No Man's Sky Next

Here's the list of all essential on-foot keyboard controls and key bindings for No Man's Sky Next on PC.

Move Forward - W
Move Backward - S
Strafe Left - A
Strafe Right - D
Fire Weapon - Mouse 1
Fire Secondary Weapon - Mouse 2
Change Secondary Weapon - Mouse 3
Reload - R
Change Weapon Mode - G
Quick Menu - X
Jump / Jetpack - Space
Swim Up - Space
Swim Down - Q
Interact - E
Melee - Q
Scan - C
Activate Torch - T
Activate Zoom Mode - F
Increase Zoom - Mouse 2
Show HUD - H
Player_Deconstruct - Mouse 3


Flight PC Keyboard Controls - No Man's Sky Next

Here's the list of all flight-based keyboard controls and key bindings for No Man's Sky Next on PC.

Thrust - W
Brake - S
Roll Left - A
Roll Right - D
Turn Left - (no default set)
Turn Right - (no default set)
Boost - Left Shift
Exit Ship - E
Initiate Landing - E
Fire Weapons - Mouse 1
Change Weapons Mode - G
Free Look - Left Alt
Scan - C
Build Menu - Z
Discard Item - Mouse 3


Vehicle PC Keyboard Controls - No Man's Sky Next

Finally, here's the list of all vehicle-based keyboard controls and key bindings for No Man's Sky Next on PC.

Pulse Engine - Space
Galactic Map - M
Accelerate - W
Reverse - (no default set)
Brake - S
Exit Exocraft - E
Fire - Mouse 1
Jump - Space
Switch Weapon Mode - G
Scan - C
Boost - Left Shift
Vertical Thrust - Space
Horn - Left Ctrl


The No Man's Sky Next update includes much more than a fresh, open-universe experience for game fans. Players will likely also want to know how to change between first-person and third-person viewpoints; beyond that, keep up with the latest coverage of Hello Games' galactic adventure by heading over to Shacknews' No Man's Sky home page.

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