Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Camera Controls: How to Zoom, Pan and Enter First Person Mode

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has many camera controls that can make your stay in Aionios much more comfortable and efficient. Unlike most things in Monolith Soft’s vast JRPG, changing perspectives and angles doesn’t have its own tutorial. With that in mind, you might be wondering how to zoom out, pan the camera, or enable first-person mode.

Understanding the game’s camera controls can make a big difference no matter what you’re doing. Sometimes you’ll want to zoom in or out to see things better, which can be especially useful in tense battles once your party grows or when you start changing classes. Other times you might want to switch to first person mode because the environment has pushed the camera too close to your character and you can’t see the exact position of a hidden container.

Anyway, this Xenoblade Chronicles 3 guide lists all the camera controls in the game to get you up to speed.

How to bring up the camera controls

To show camera controls, hold ZL. When exploring or hanging out in a settlement, holding ZL also brings up a small menu in the lower right corner that lets you access things like the area map, quests, current quest route, characters. Below you will see the camera controls.

Tip: It’s worth noting that you can also change the presets for the exploration quick menu (not for the camera controls) by pressing the + button, allowing you to swap menus for things like the table affinity, hero list, group skills and even save. .

In battle, press ZL to access your Tactics menu in the lower left part of the screen. The camera controls listed below will not appear when pressing ZL during battle, but they work the same.

How to pan, zoom in and out, and reset positions

Of course, the normal function of the right stick is to move the camera. Pressing it left or right will pan the camera left or right, while moving it up and down will move it up or down. Unless you have chosen to invert these controls in the global options menu.

While holding ZL:

  • Move the right stick left and right to pan left and right.
  • Move the right stick up and down to zoom in and zoom out.
  • Press the right stick down to reset the camera position.

How to activate first person mode

First-person mode in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 technically just moves the camera around to achieve the desired effect. Press the Right Stick forward until you can move no further, causing your character to disappear. This works during exploration and during battle, where you will see your character’s weapons in front of you. Sometimes first person mode will automatically revert to third person at the end of a battle.

And that’s basically all you need to know about the various camera controls in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, from how to zoom in and out to details about first-person mode.