How to Remap Buttons on Your PS4 for Improved Control

Ben Stegner 01-12-2015

Despite some intrusive notifications (that you can turn off) How to Stop Those Annoying PS4 Notifications For Good The PS4 sends you a ton of notifications that you probably don't want. Here's how to shut them off. Read More  on the system itself, the PS4’s controller is pretty great and well-suited for all kinds of games. Interestingly, Sony added a feature into the console this year that came quietly: button remapping.


Designed as an accessibility feature for those who can’t reach the buttons that they need, anyone can take advantage of this feature to re-assign the control schemes for their favorite games.

To get started, head to the Settings menu of your system, then scroll down to Accessibility. At the bottom, select Button Assignments; you can also check Add to Quick Menu if you’d like to see these options when you long-press the PS button.

Now you need to Enable Custom Button Assignments and Customize Button Assignments once the above is checked. From here you’ll see a grid of buttons that lets you re-assign anything away from its original state, except for the touchpad and PS button.

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Note that this changes the buttons at the hardware level, so if you change O to R3, your game will still say “Press R3 to crouch” and you’ll have to press O to do so. It takes a bit of getting used to, so it’s probably not a good idea to customize the controls for every game.

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What games will you remap the buttons for? Will you have a use for this feature? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

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