Action games of yesteryear used L1 and R1 for shooting. But nowadays it’s L2 and R2 that are more common – much to our dismay. It’s true that many games allow you to swap the two in their button configuration screens. But if that option doesn’t exist, there’s a sweet little trick available to you.
I’ve got your attention now, haven’t I?
You see, the PlayStation 4 innately offers you the ability to switch button behaviour – like making the triangle act like a square. But it’s hidden away in the Accessibility Options, which may explain why no one seems to know about it. However, if R2 and L2 are proving too far back for your liking, or they require too much travel to register, you can simply alter these settings to put things back to how they were. And return grenade launch to its rightful home.
Sony even gives you step by step instructions on their official site. So once you have the accessibility menu open, simply:
How to set up button assignments?
Step 1: Select Button Assignments.
Step 2: Check the box Enable Custom Button Assignments to expose Customize Button Assignments.
Step 3: Select Customize Button Assignments to expose the Custom Button Assignments screen. See Button Assignment image below.
Step 4: To change the button assignments, select the pairs on the screen. The right menu will open and provide options for you.
That’s not to say it’s to everyone’s preference. In fact, R2 and L2 have a strong group of fans. But for those of us who are victim to our ailing muscle memory, it could prove the difference between a “one shot” and an “empty your clip and hope for the best” shot. The latter of which I’m renowned for, but only since this button change.
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