Game Controls & Settings | Death Stranding

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This page contains information on the basic controls and settings in the game Death Stranding. Read on for tips about how to change between the English and Japanese voice actors, and how to change the in-game Difficulty Mode.

Controller Functions

Functions of each Controller Button

Button Explanation of Function
O button.png Change Posture (Squat)
Hold O button.png
Select (Terminal Screen) / Take a Break
X button.png Jump / Climb
Hold X button.png
Climb Up Steps
Triangle button.png Pick Up Cargo
Square button.png Action (Attack / Use a Structure)
L stick.png Move
L3 button.png Dash / Stop Dashing
R stick.png Camera Orientation
R3 button.png Switch Between Left and Right Camera
L1.png Activate the Compass
L2.png Left Hand Action
R1.png Activate the Sensor
Hold R1.png
Stop Breathing
R2.png Right Hand Action
Hang On With Both Hands
Dpad up.png Switch Equipment
Dpad left.png Use or Switch Out Item
Dpad down.png Switch Function
Dpad right.png Switch Tool
PS button.png Pose / Open the Terminal
Touchpad.png Communication Button

For more information on the basics you'll need to know to get started in the game, check out the article below.

Game Basics (How to Play)

Recommended Settings

Changing the Difficulty Level

How to Change Game Difficulty setting
The Game Difficulty can be changed in the options menu. Select Options, then Game Settings. From Game Settings, choose the Difficulty Mode by setting the “Game Difficulty”. Pressing the left button can change the Game Difficulty to one of the easier settings, while pressing the right button can change the Game Difficulty to one of the harder settings.
Which Difficulty Mode Should I Choose?

Changing Between Japanese and English Voice Actors

The language of in-game text, as well as in-game voice actors, can be changed from the options page on the title screen. If you'd like to hear how the voices sound for Japanese audiences, you can easily change the voice settings from here.

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Hook Punch
Quick punch attack.
O button.png
Bull Rush
Charge forward and attack. Charge will only stop if you press O button.png or a wall is encountered.
Triangle button.png
A powerful attack that instantly kills a Survivor.
Rampart Defensive Stance to protect yourself from damage.
Stalker Reveals the location of the Survivors.
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