How to switch to first-person in Helldivers 2

How to switch to first-person in Helldivers 2
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton


12th Feb 2024 13:50

Tonnes of players are jumping into Helldivers 2 to spread liberty across the stars and gun down hordes of monsters, insects, and robots. 

While the game is primarily third-person, many will be wondering how to switch to first-person view for a better look at those you're looking to kill - so read on for an explanation of how to switch to first-person.

Turning on first-person mode

You can enter first-person view in Helldivers 2 by aiming down your sights and pressing the right stick on your controller or the middle mouse button for PC players.

After activating one of the buttons above, you'll now always enter first-person when aiming. You can undo this and return to third-person by pressing the same buttons.

first-person ADS in Helldivers 2
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It's important to note that this won't change your perspective for everything, as the game will remain in third-person unless you are specifically aiming down your sights. 

Currently, there is no way to enter first-person exclusively, and considering the first game never contained the option, it seems unlikely Helldivers 2 will.

While the difference between aiming in third and first-person is largely down to personal preference, entering the latter does give you a range and precision advantage for enemies far away.

How to change first-person bind

You can also change the binding to something else if you prefer by following the list of steps below:

  • Pause the game and select 'Options'
  • Press 'Controller'
  • Click 'Change Keybinds'
  • Head to the 'Combat' tab
  • Scroll down until you find 'Switch Aim Mode'
  • Change it to your desired input

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Check out our Helldivers 2 homepage for more guides. We've also covered how to farm samples, how to unlock boosters, and the trophy list.

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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