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Key binding is the act of assigning keys or buttons to various controls, rather than using the default layout. In many Battlefield games, the player can change key bindings in the main menu.


Battlefield 3Edit

With the Battlelog system in place, the player cannot currently change controls unless they are in an active server.

Functions are now limited to one key, one mouse control, and/or one joystick/gamepad control. (Players who have installed third-party input software may be able to sidestep this constraint.)

However, a single input can be mapped to multiple functions. For example, the Sprint and Scope stabilization (hold breath) functions are both mapped to a PC player's Shift key. Certain abilities (e.g. crouching) have alternative inputs such as single-press, combo with a similar function (press for one function, hold for a second function), or toggled control.

Default Keyboard Layout


Controls are not bindable on console versions of the Battlefield series. Instead, the player can choose between preset control layouts, usually consisting of a default layout along with alternate layouts containing different control schemes from the default layout. There are differing layouts for soldier, vehicle, and air vehicle buttons; as well as soldier and vehicle sticks, which govern movement like turning and strafing. Choosing a control layout depends on personal preference.

Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad CompanyEdit

The default soldier button layout for these games are as follows:

LT: Aim

RT: Fire

Y: Melee

B: Enter/Exit Vehicles

A: Jump

X: Reload

Hold LS: Sprint

Press RS: Crouch

LB: Grenades

RB: Switch Weapon

Start: Pause

Back: Spot (Hold for Scoreboard)

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3Edit

The default button layout for these games are slightly altered from previous games. The action for these buttons will be listed as on on foot buttons, land vehicle buttons. Buttons that serve the same function for both on foot and in vehicle will not be repeated but only listed one time.

LT: Aim, Break/Reverse

RT: Fire, Accelerate

Y: Switch Weapon

B: Interact/Enter Vehicle, Exit Vehicle

A: Jump/Mantle, Switch Seat

X: Reload

LS: Sprint, Boost

RS: Crouch (BF3 Hold for Prone), Third-person view

LB: Grenades, Main Gun

RB: Melee, Flares

Start: Pause

Back: Spot (Hold for Scoreboard)

Battlefield 4Edit

The default controls of this Battlefield installment are one again revised from previous iterations. One noted change is that the player now spots with RB. This allows spotting to be done easily while still moving or aiming as the player doesn't need to remove their thumb from a joystick to hit the Back button like in previous games. Vehicles are also considerably different; however, an alternate control layout allows for vehicles to be handled like previous games.

LT: Aim

RT: Fire

Y: Switch Weapon/(hold) Pick up item

B: Crouch/(hold) Prone

A: Jump/Mantle

X: Reload/(hold) Enter Vehicle

LS: Sprint

RS: Melee

LB: Grenade

RB: Spot/(hold) Commo Rose

Start: Pause/(hold) Scoreboard

Back: Battlelog

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