Prey: Complete Command Guide for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC and Gameplay Tips for Beginners

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Prey is a first person shooter in an open world environment. In the game, the Soviet Union and the United States jointly built a space station to imprison an alien race called Typhon. It was turned into a research lab years later to study Typhon and create new technologies based on their race.

Fortunately, Prey is free in the Epic Games Store until May 19. You play as Morgan Yu. The game gives you the option of choosing a male or female character.

There are three modes to choose from in Prey. You can play the story normally or add a survival mode upgrade that includes weapon degradation, additional trauma statuses, and oxygen loss when the suit is damaged. Keep in mind that this makes the game harder. Prey: Mooncrash was added post-launch as downloadable content, but is included in the Epic Games version. It’s the same game except the enemies and hazards are randomized each game.

Below are the full Prey controls for PC and mouse as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Prey PC commands

  • To dodge: Space
  • Advance: O
  • Move back: S
  • Move left: A
  • Move right: D
  • Use and carry: F
  • Offensive: left click
  • Examine and activate the psychoscope: Z
  • To jump: Space
  • Sneak: VS
  • Psi capacity and closing the menu: Right click
  • Enter focus mode: Middle mouse button
  • Sprint: Change
  • Lean left: Q
  • Lean right: E
  • Reload: R
  • Equip the final weapon: Tongue
  • Flash light: V
  • Play audio log: L
  • Scanner lock: X
  • Toggle inventory: I
  • Toggle goals: O
  • Toggle Capabilities: R
  • Switch map: Up arrow
  • Toggle data: P
  • Toggle state: M
  • Special use: Esc
  • QuicklootUp: Up key
  • Quickloot Down: Down key
  • Left Quickloot: left key
  • Right of Quickloot: Right key
  • Quick selection: Numpad 0-9
  • Keyboard: Numpad 0-9

Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Prey Orders

  • Movement: L
  • Sprint: L3
  • Capacity psi: LT
  • Lean and roll: RB and LB
  • Flash light: D-Pad up
  • Quick selection: D-Pad down, D-Pad left, and D-Pad right
  • Transcribe: window button
  • Pause: menu button
  • Use a weapon: RT
  • Swap weapon and favorite wheel: Y (hold for Swap)
  • Interact and recharge: X
  • Jump and ride: A
  • Goal: R
  • Scope: R3

Note that the left and right analog sticks are denoted by L and R respectively. Pressing each is denoted by L3 and R3.

Below you will find some tips for playing Prey, especially if you are new to the game.

1. Don’t start fights you can’t win in Prey

Choose your battles very wisely in Prey. The enemies in this game are strong from the start. However, they will become less of a problem as you get new weapons and upgrades. Consider alternate routes and enjoy the stealth aspect of the game. There is some trial and error to this, but after the first few hours you will have a better feel and also a stronger character.

Mimics are the first enemies that appear and are not really a problem. If you have the right gear in your inventory, you can deal with it with minor damage. The enemies you need to be wary of are the Ghosts. The first weapon they give you to find is a wrench and it won’t resist them.

2. Make the most of the leverage change in Prey

Leverage upgrade gives you the ability to pick up and throw heavy objects. Throw objects at enemies to inflict damage. Leverage reaches its maximum at level three. Tier two and three items will require Neuromods to be upgraded.

Items display the level of upgrade required to lift or throw. There are rooms and paths blocked by heavy objects, but you can still access them before reaching the upper levels. Throw lever objects I at lever objects II and III. This can knock them over or push them out of the way to access new areas without the upgrade.

3. Manage Health and Inventory in Prey

Prey is a survival, horror and first-person shooter all rolled into one. Supply and inventory management is of utmost importance. Player health not regenerating. Even after death, you will start with the health you had when you last saved. You can heal yourself with medkits, food, and drink, but these items aren’t exactly plentiful.

Inventory space is limited in Prey. You start with around 30 slots and can expand to 96 as part of your character’s costume upgrades. Some items take up more than one slot, so the number of slots you have will vary depending on the size of the item. There are also Junk Recyclers scattered around the map which are useful for freeing up inventory space and providing you with crafting materials in return.

4. Find hidden weapons in Prey

The first weapon you get in the game is a wrench. It’s almost impossible to defeat a Ghost if it’s the only weapon you have equipped. Once you escape your apartment follow the signs to the simulation debriefing room. There is a large tape player in the room that you can climb on. Open the case and collect the Disruptor Stun Gun. The Disruptor Stun Gun isn’t lethal, but it can give you more time to run away and also gives you the ability to attack an enemy while they’re in a defenseless position.

You’ll find a GLOO cannon quite early in the game, but it’s non-lethal, just like the stun gun, as it only immobilizes enemies. However, there is a shotgun in the first floor lobby. When you access the lobby, head to the back wall until you find the security office. There is a door there that requires a keycard. Instead of looking for the key card jump on the yellow pipes until they lead you into a small passage. You are now directly above the security desk and there is a hole in the ceiling. Jump down and collect the shotgun and shotgun shells.

Prey doesn’t fire any shots from the start of the game. Follow the four tips provided and study the controls to avoid possible frustration during the first few hours of play.

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