Box art - PayDay 2

PayDay 2 Controls: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch

PayDay 2 might be several years old by now, but it’s still a hot game among first-person shooter fans. No surprises there: After all, what other game lets you crew up with friends for dangerous heists? Of course, not everyone you rope into a life of crime will know how the game works. Fortunately, we’ve got a list of all PayDay 2 controls for every modern platform, including PC, Xbox, Switch, and PlayStation.

PayDay 2 Controls and Button Mapping | PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch

PayDay 2 Controls and Button Mapping | PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch

The PayDay 2 controls follow a button mapping scheme similar to most first-person shooters. However, small differences between keyboard controls and console buttons may confuse players more familiar with other game series.

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Check out the following table for a comprehensive list of all PayDay 2 controls. PC key bindings are found in the left column, while console controls are featured in the rightmost columns. Note that some functions, such as the quick text chat, aren’t available in console versions of the game.

PayDay 2 Controls - PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch

PCPlayStation 4Xbox OneNintendo Switch
MoveWASDLeft JoystickLeft JoystickLeft Joystick
RunLeft ShiftLeft Joystick (Press)Left Joystick (Press)Left Joystick (Press)
Aim Down SightMouse 2L2LTLT
Fire WeaponMouse 1R2RTRT
CrouchLeft CTRLCircleBA
Switch WeaponCTriangleYX
MenuEscOptionsMenuPlus (+)
Mission ScreenTouchpadViewMinus (-)
Change Weapon Fire ModeVD-Pad RightD-Pad RightD-Pad Right
Throw GrenadeD-Pad LeftD-Pad LeftD-Pad Left
Weapon Gadget ToggleQD-Pad DownD-Pad DownD-Pad Down
Melee AttackERight Joystick (Press)Right Joystick (Press)Right Joystick (Press)
Deploy Bipod4

All things considered, there aren’t too many surprises in the PayDay 2 control scheme. Curiously, the function that seems to slip most players up involves melee attacks. PC players have a dedicated button for a melee attack, whereas console players must click the right joystick inward. The catch, of course, is that you hold the button to charge melee attacks; the attack itself doesn’t complete until you release the button. This results in a sort of awkward dance to keep the camera under control while also performing a melee successfully.

Hopefully this information helps you get a little more control over your actions in PayDay 2. If you’re eager to complete some of the game’s toughest challenges, find out what’s next to do with the list of all PayDay 2 Steam achievements. If you’re also a fan of Rockstar’s crime-fueled release, here’s a look at what’s next for GTA Online in 2021.