PS4 controls layout guide for Ace Combat 7

Take to the skies with ease by learning the full controls layout in Ace Combat 7

Flying a jet in real life is no simple feat, but thankfully Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown does a lot to make it as easy as possible when you first jump in. Flight Sims are often notorious for their difficulty to control, but even a newbie to Ace Combat shouldn’t have much trouble here. Either way, if you’re looking to get your bearings in the skies then we’ve got the full PS4 controls layout listed below to help you out.

PS4 controls layout in Ace Combat 7

PS4 controls layout guide for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
© Bandai Namco Entertainment

Ace Combat 7 offers a couple of control schemes you can swap between depending on your preferences. The first thing you’ll want to do is learn how to control your aircraft by practicing the pitch, yaw and roll controls. By default, you’ll have the layout listed below:



Left Stick

Pitch up or down, turn/yaw left or right (or roll with expert controls)

Right Stick

Controls camera






Yaw left


Yaw right


Swap camera position

L3 + R3

Deploy flares


Fire machine gun


Fire missiles or alternate weapon


Swap target


Swap weapons

Touch Pad


Practice with these controls, but if you’re not fond of them then there are a few options you can change. By default, Deceleration and Acceleration are mapped to L2 and R2, while Yaw is on L1 and R1. You can swap these in the controller settings if you’d prefer.

Likewise, the default button for swapping between your missile slot weapons is Square, but you can change this to the touchpad (map by default). This setting can be found under the Radar Map/Switch Weapons category.

You’ll also want to make sure you learn how to deploy flares in Ace Combat 7, as this is a crucial skill to keep you alive during dogfights if you’re targeted by a missile.

Expert Controls

full expert PS4 controls for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
© Bandai Namco Entertainment

Once you’re practiced with Ace Combat 7’s controls, you may want to try enabling Expert Controls. This can be done in the Flight System section of the Options menu.

Expert Controls changes what the left analogue stick does when pushed to the left or right, instead of yaw (turning the aircraft to face left or right), it will roll your jet instead. This makes it possible to pull off some flashy corners more easily, but does take a good deal of getting used to as it’s unintuitive for most players.

You’ve now learned the full controls layout on PS4 for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, so are ready to get out there and conquer the skies. Good luck pilot!

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video games stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at, or catch him on Twitter.


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