Xbox One controls - Red Dead Redemption 2

Learn the basics of traversal and combat with our guide to Red Dead Redemption 2 controls for Xbox One.

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Coming to terms with the wide variety of actions available within Red Dead Redemption 2 requires that players familiarize themselves with the game’s basic control scheme. Things haven’t changed too much from the previous release of Red Dead Redemption on the Xbox 360, so fans who recall how that game functioned should have no problem dropping straight into the open-world action in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 - Xbox One controls

Players will note that aside from the names of individual buttons buttons, the Red Dead Redemption 2 controls on Xbox One are essentially identical to the PlayStation 4 controls. The only exceptions are the buttons used to change the camera view, open the pause menu, or display the map — these are mapped to the View and Select buttons, respectively.

Left analog stick Move
Left analog stick (in cover) Peek
Left analog stick (horse) Steer
Left analog + A Hold to run, tap repeatedly to sprint
A (horse) Tap to change speed; hold to match speed to companion; double tap to move up in formation
Left analog + X Jump / vault / climb
Right analog stick Look / aim
LS Crouch
LS (horse) Calm horse
RS (weapon wheel) Maintain wepaon; hold to look behind
LS + RS Eagle Eye
X Tap to jump, climb, or vault over obstacles; hold to pick up collectibles or search furniture; while hunting, hold to draw animal attention
X (while aiming) Tap to dive; tap to block melee attacks
X (in cover) Move to next cover spot (with Left analog stick)
X (horse) Tap to jump, climb, or vault over obstacles; hold to pick up collectibles or search furniture; while hunting, hold to draw animal attention
Y Interact with environment, loot bodies, skin animals; hold to rest; (in melee combat) grapple opponent
Y (horse) Tap to mount or dismount; while stationary, hold to hitch horse; while on foot, tap to command to follow or lead horse
B Reload weapon/melee combat
B (horse) Kick a target to either side; stop leading horse
LB Tap to draw/holster weapon; hold to display wheel menu, tap to pick up weapons or objects, or select weapon with Right analog stick and release to equip weapon
LB (horse) hold to view weapons stored on mount
RB Take/exit cover; hold to study animal or tap to show/hide animal information
RB (horse) Tap to slow down; double tap to move down formation
LT Hold to aim equipped weapon; hold to lock on to nearby characters or animals
LT (hold) + RT Aim and shoot
LT (hold) + RS Activate Dead Eye while aiming
LT (hold) + X Combat dive
LT (horse) Hold to lock on to nearby targets
RT Tap to draw weapon, fire weapon, or cock weapon between shots (if applicable); rapid tap to shoot from the hip
RT (horse) Tap to draw weapon, fire weapon, or cock weapon between shots (if applicable)
D-Pad Right Hold to open satchel or horse cargo
D-Pad Right (horse) Hold to check horse cargo; feed horse (while locked onto horse)
D-Pad Left Tap to display log; hold to check journal
D-Pad Left + LT Toggle shoulder view (while aiming)
D-Pad Left (horse) Brush horse (while locked onto horse)
D-Pad Left + LT (horse) Toggle shoulder view (while aiming)
D-Pad Up Whistle/call horse
D-Pad Up Raise your gun to the sky to fire a warning shot (while aiming)
D-Pad Up (horse) Whistle/call horse; remove saddle (while locked onto horse); raise your gun to the sky to fire a warning shot (while aiming)
D-Pad Down Tap to view current objective (while on mission), expand radar, display honor rating and environmental information; in camp, tap to show status of camp supplies and savings; hold to change radar type
View Press to toggle camera view; press and hold to trigger cinematic view
Select Display pause menu; hold to open the map

Now that players understand the buttons for individual in-game functions and context-senstive controls, they should have no problem making the most out of Red Dead Redemption 2. To learn more about Rockstar's latest open-world release, including details about individual quests, characters, combat, and more, be sure to stop by Shacknews' Red Dead Redemption 2 walkthrough and guide.

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