Control schemes can make or break a game. Your main way of interacting with the virtual world, the middleman between your intentions and their manifestation in-game, comfortable controls are key for an enjoyable gaming experience
Red Dead Redemption 2 has several control presets allowing you some measure of customization. This guide will help you with the most common control scheme related problems.
One of the most widespread control gripes with Red Dead Redemption 2 concerns sprinting. Many, many games have managed to put together comfortable control schemes, making Rockstar being bogged down in this a bit of a headscratcher. To sprint, you need to tap either X or A, depending on system. This won't do.
In the controls settings, you have several control preset options to choose from. These have been named after what they're most suited for, however you should disregard that.
Instead switch over to the "Standard FPS" option. You don't need to change your camera perspective, as this preset is better in third-person view as well. The "Standard FPS" control scheme swaps the sprint and crouch inputs, making the left analog stick responsible for sprinting.
Now navigate to Accessibility Options in the menu and select Running Mode. You should set this to Toggle to Run. This way you get the sprinting controls common in most games these days - press the analog stick to maintain sprinting. Pressing it again will return you to jogging and easing off the stick will return you to walking.
Depending on your preferences, there are a number of other control tweaks that can improve your experience. We recommend turning Aim/Look Dead Zone to the minimum setting for more responsive controls. When it comes to Aim/Look Acceleration, pushing the setting to the maximum turns it off for some reason, but this results in much smoother camera control.
Every player should tailor Aim Assist and axis sensitivity to their own liking, but you shouldn't just leave it at default. You might not even know you need to adjust these settings, but once you've played around with them you'll almost definitely find a setting better suited to your playstyle.
Something that should be standard practice by now since companies refuse to set default FOV to max is turning FOV to max. This is easy to forget, but your Red Dead Redemption 2 experience will be greatly improved by it. Another smaller tweak we suggest is disabling auto-center. This rubberbands the camera to refocus on the default state, which can be annoying when you want to take in the sights.