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The following table lists controls of Astroneer with the Xbox Controller.
|Menu||Bring up menu.|
|View||Open Research Catalog.|
|Left stick||Move Player.|
|Right stick||Move camera. Move cursor when in Cursor Mode. Drag/move selected object in Cursor Mode.|
|Left trigger||Activate Cursor Mode.|
|Right trigger||Select object.|
|Left stick click||Sprint.|
|Jump. Crafting in Backpack.|
|Open/close Terrain Tool.
Place Small items into Backpack when selected in Cursor Mode.
Medium/Large items are placed into players arms.
|Exit interfaces. Open Backpack.|
Open module interfaces.
|Hold||Scan Research Sample. Unpack Crate.|
| Left bumper
|Alternate between Terrain Tool modes. Use items in the widget slots.|
|D-Pad left||Emote 1.|
|D-Pad up||Emote 2.|
|D-Pad right||Emote 3. (If held opens action wheel)|
|D-Pad down||Place Tether. (Must have Tethers in Backpack)|
Many tasks in Astroneer require entering Cursor Mode by holding . When Cursor Mode is active, a white circular reticle appears on the screen, which can be moved with . Pressing on a selectable object will select that object, at which point can be released.
While an object is selected, moves that object around and can be used to move the player as normal. Pressing again will place the object down and exit Cursor Mode.
If the selected object is Small, pressing or will transfer it into the player's Backpack unless the Backpack is full. Pressing or while selecting a Medium object will place it in the player's hands to carry, but movement speed will slow.
When the Backpack interface is open, Cursor Mode can be used to move objects in and out of a player's Backpack.